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Looking for a click [Jun. 8th, 2011|12:12 pm]
Zoethe
I generally don't shill for minor causes on here, but today I am going to. There's a website called Circle of Moms that's a slightly more sophisticated version of webrings: it collects and categorizes blogs dealing with motherhood, and uses a series of "Top 25" contests to publicize the blogs.

Right now there is a contest to find the Top 25 Faith Blogs

Right now a pagan blog is in the lead.

When the Pagan Soccer Mom blog started heading up the list, there was a good deal of alarmed reaction that surely a Christian blog should be at the top and surely blogs that were actually about faith should be the ones that count. So once again, pagans were being regarded as not actually people of faith.

At this point, the pagan blog is in the lead, but that lead is slipping as this is the last day of the contest and the Christian contingent is determined to show once again that they are the only actual faithful. I don't know any of the people involved, but I think that a winning pagan blog is worthwhile for the purposes of showing people that pagans are people of faith, too.

So I'm asking you to go vote. There is no registration required, and today is the only day you'll need to vote - the contest ends at 5pm Pacific time. I think if the blog falls even to second place, there are people who will feel like they can once again completely ignore alternate religions in favor Christianity as the One True Faith. So, if religious dialogue and respect is important to you, please consider voting.

(And consider this free permission to repost or share freely.)
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[User Picture]From: aiela
2011-06-08 04:18 pm (UTC)
Grrr. Voted.
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[User Picture]From: shandra
2011-06-08 04:27 pm (UTC)
I actually am a member and just voted too. Let's hope she stays up there!
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[User Picture]From: plinko
2011-06-08 04:29 pm (UTC)
Just because there are MORE Christians than Pagans... It doesn't have anything to DO with the quality of her blog. This is ridiculous. I'm not a superhuge fan of popularity contests like this, or even of outward expressions of faith. But, this gets me all stabby.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 04:35 pm (UTC)
I don't like popularity contests either - haven't participated in and won't vote for LJ Idol, for instance - but I regard this more as increasing awareness than a contest. And the ability of people to engage in denial means that even falling to second place means that at least some people will be able to say, "see, they don't REALLY matter." So I'm pushing this one in ways I usually wouldn't.
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[User Picture]From: plinko
2011-06-08 04:43 pm (UTC)
I've tweeted out your LJ in the hopes of more support. *cross fingers*
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 04:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: pingback_bot
2011-06-08 04:31 pm (UTC)

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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2011-06-08 04:32 pm (UTC)
done and done.
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[User Picture]From: nex0s
2011-06-08 05:06 pm (UTC)
Done!

N.
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[User Picture]From: meyerweb.com
2011-06-08 05:17 pm (UTC)
You realize of course that if CoaPSM wins, the Christian contingent will claim that the results are completely invalidated by the dark Satanic click campaign you all mounted.

Don't get me wrong—I went and clicked. I'm just saying that winning the vote will get you a whole new flavor of marginalization.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 06:35 pm (UTC)
Oh, no doubt. But it's a better alternative than silence and acquiescence.
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[User Picture]From: kid_lit_fan
2011-06-09 08:05 pm (UTC)
Of course, if a Christian blog had won, it'd be because Christians are better people and the Lord led them to click. All you can do is sigh (Many of the same conservatives who used to bemoan the frivolousness of liberals who politicked by social networking are crowing over their growing online prowess. I digress.).

The Pagan Soccer Mom won by a healthy 400 points. This is well under the number of your f'list, so pat yourself on the back.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-09 08:46 pm (UTC)
Of course all mention of the whole contest just disappeared from the blog of the Christian woman. Denial is a useful tool.
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From: anonymousalex
2011-06-08 05:28 pm (UTC)
Voted, or at least attempted to. Not sure if the scripting worked.

Oh, and [grr].

P.S., stupid interface messed up my last comment, hence the delete-and-replace.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: cinema_babe
2011-06-08 05:31 pm (UTC)
Christian. Roman Catholic. Voted for Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom.

What the F'ing F people? There's a whole lot beyond Judeo-Christian monotheism.

*This* is the kind of ignorance that education could bleach out and that is the very reason so many so-called "people of faith" want to keep their kids deaf and blind to the world beyond their claustrophobic four walls.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 06:37 pm (UTC)
Exactly. It's a matter of tolerance.
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[User Picture]From: coeli
2011-06-08 05:40 pm (UTC)
CoaPSM is an excellent blog. I'm neither a mom nor a pagan, so I hadn't run across it before, but I just spent a while reading it and I am impressed by both its content and its tone. I really hope it wins.
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[User Picture]From: khiron1416
2011-06-08 05:45 pm (UTC)
voted
there's more pagan blogs in the top 10 than christian. go pagans!
no muslim, hindu, or jewish blogs though..
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 06:38 pm (UTC)
There were a couple Jewish blogs in the top 25 for a while.
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[User Picture]From: xpioti
2011-06-08 05:45 pm (UTC)
I was checking out the other blogs on the list, and there are several witches in the listing. I don't have time to read 'em all now, but I certainly intend to. :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 06:39 pm (UTC)
My biggest concern is tolerance. I hope you enjoy the blogs!
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[User Picture]From: jedishadowolf
2011-06-08 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the heads up on this - I had no idea how many pagan parenting blogs were out there. I voted, but more importantly, I found some great new blogs to read.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 06:41 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you found them!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2011-06-08 06:01 pm (UTC)
I voted and shared. I think it's very worthwhile to keep the pagans in the forefront.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 06:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks. Tolerance is key, and awareness is a big part of that.
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[User Picture]From: erin_c_1978
2011-06-08 06:27 pm (UTC)
Christian (ELCA), voted for Pagan Soccer Mom. The sentiments of the women who are all clutching their pearls and "We must pray for her children!" disgust me. Pagan Soccer Mom, however, seems like a class act.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 06:47 pm (UTC)
Exactly. And thanks.
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[User Picture]From: saaxton
2011-06-08 07:32 pm (UTC)
Done and happy to do so.
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[User Picture]From: k425
2011-06-08 07:32 pm (UTC)
Another Christian voting for the Pagan. Because, as you say, it's about tolerance, and I tend to find that Paganism is less evangelical than Christianity and I can't bear fundamental evangelising!
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[User Picture]From: roadnotes
2011-06-08 07:47 pm (UTC)
Done.
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[User Picture]From: plinko
2011-06-08 08:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: lothie
2011-06-08 10:35 pm (UTC)
Voted!
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[User Picture]From: bart_calendar
2011-06-08 10:47 pm (UTC)
Voted!

Given that I worship Pan (this is not a joke) any pagan in a faith contest gets my vote.

Those of us who worship old or new gods need all the support we can get.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-08 11:51 pm (UTC)
Very much so. It appears that she will win, as the contest ends in 10 minutes.
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[User Picture]From: teague
2011-06-09 12:17 am (UTC)
Hell, I'm an atheist, and I voted, and relinked. While it's happened on occasion, it's rare for pagans to be intolerant of agnostics and atheists.

Edited at 2011-06-09 12:18 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-09 02:18 am (UTC)
As it happens, she won. It willbr interesting to see the reaction.
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[User Picture]From: griffen
2011-06-09 12:50 am (UTC)
HA! She won. How awesome is that? :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-09 02:19 am (UTC)
Very!
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[User Picture]From: ratfan
2011-06-09 02:12 am (UTC)
Ah, so that's why I got "you have already voted" when I clicked on the pagan blog :-) That's good. I have to admit nil interest in children, but decided this was a worthy cause. Also, I read a few of the blogs and this blog was, imo, more interesting. Who wants to hear about constant praying?
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-09 02:20 am (UTC)
I like her blog.
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-06-09 03:52 pm (UTC)
you realize there are now something like 9 or 10 out of the top 25 blogs there are pagans, 3 or 4 jewish, 4 or 5 muslim and 6 or 7 christian and the rest buddhism or some kind of unitarianism?

pagans won.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-09 05:59 pm (UTC)
It was an impressive showing.

Of course now the christens are ignoring the existence of the contest. Blog posts soliciting votes have been taken down.

[eyeroll]
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From: anonymousalex
2011-06-09 08:35 pm (UTC)
LA LA LA LA LA I AM NOT LISTENING TO HEATHENS!!

-Alex
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From: (Anonymous)
2011-06-10 01:08 pm (UTC)
they are taking their ball and going home, good grief. Sore losers!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-11 07:57 am (UTC)
"What ball? There was never a ball! We don't know what you're talking about!"
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[User Picture]From: ccr1138
2011-06-14 06:58 pm (UTC)
LOL. When I saw this, I thought the subject line was "Looking for a dick."

Looks like 6 of the top 10 vote-getters are pagan blogs. Fascinating.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-06-14 07:03 pm (UTC)
I do that sometimes, but not this time. LOL!
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