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Heather Greene

Heather Greene is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Heather Greene

Base booster or blasphemy? Bible-quoting pro-Trump billboard raises eyebrows in Georgia

By Heather Greene — September 17, 2021
(RNS) — The ad, comparing Trump to Jesus, disappeared a few days later, leaving behind a flurry of confusion and outrage.

A mask mandate showdown in Cobb County school board pits ‘faith’ against ‘fear’

By Heather Greene — September 13, 2021
ATLANTA (RNS) — 'Faith not Fear' is a mantra ringing out across the country, where such debates have reached a fever pitch. That is the case in Cobb County, Georgia.

Study: Gen Z doubles down on spirituality, combining tarot and traditional faith

By Heather Greene — August 11, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Crystals are like ‘saints’ for young people and spirituals,’ wrote a survey respondent. ‘Sometimes you just need something or someone that is rooted in courage.’

In Japan, Greek-influenced Olympics meet another kind of pagan heritage

By Heather Greene — July 23, 2021
(RNS) — Greek pagan pageantry encounters a culture with its own deep sense of myth and magic.

Paganism, gods and goddesses aside, is the most LGBTQ-affirming faith in the US

By Heather Greene — July 12, 2021
(RNS) — But some pagans say more visibility for trans and gay members of a largely white, mostly heterosexual community is needed.

Pagan god (and Disney star) Loki wrapped up in trademark battles

By Heather Greene — June 25, 2021
(RNS) — 'I'm not wearing a licensed costume. It's my FACE,' tweeted one person who received 'copyright strikes' on an online marketplace for resembling Disney's superhero.

Marvel’s Loki wins heathens’ hearts even while losing the Norse immortal’s complexity

By Heather Greene — June 21, 2021
(RNS) — To modern heathens, Marvel’s characters are not simply 'all-powerful superheroes,' but thriving gods.

‘Am I the worst thing a person can be?’: Witches fight media bias

By Heather Greene — June 14, 2021
(RNS) — 'Criminals aren’t labeled as Baptist,' one witch observed, unless the crime is related to professed religious beliefs, as was the case in the recent spa shootings in Atlanta.

Pagan politics are not as uniform (or liberal) as you think

By Heather Greene — May 26, 2021
(RNS) — One of the few formal surveys of this understudied religious population found pagans' political leanings to be hard to pin down.

Pagan ‘metaphysical’ shops navigate threats from Christian critics

By Heather Greene — May 7, 2021
(RNS) — Selling herbs, crystals and spiritual guides, metaphysical shops are often perceived, especially by conservative Christians, as exotic, devoted to the so-called dark arts and, often, a threat. It's frequently those Christians who threaten them.

Tarot booms as Generation Z sorts out spiritual path

By Heather Greene — April 26, 2021
(RNS) — Generation Z has been the driving force behind the renewed popularity and mainstreaming of the age-old esoteric system.

Satanic panic is back, thanks to ‘Satan Shoes’ and Lil Nas X

By Heather Greene — March 31, 2021
(RNS) — Satanic scares are nothing new to contemporary culture.

Pagan sues Panera Bread Company alleging religious discrimination

By Heather Greene — March 27, 2021
(RNS) — A former baker for the chain said she was told that she 'needed to find God,' according to a court filing.

Natural by nature, pagans expect some digital rituals to survive the pandemic

By Heather Greene — March 16, 2021
(RNS) — ‘Having used online resources for the past year has allowed us to think of community in new ways,’ said one ritual leader.

National unity isn’t just possible, it’s worth working for

By Heather Greene — February 2, 2021
(RNS) — The question is not really whether we can achieve national unity. It is whether we are willing to do the work.
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