Many Portlanders were probably unaware that until very recently, one of the country's leading pagans lived and blogged amongst us.
Teo Bishop, who under his real name, Matt Morris, used to write songs for such performers as Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson, following a four-year stint as a Disney Mouseketeer, still lives in Portland but has recently undergone a transformation that is making waves among pagans.
Over the weekend, The New York Times chronicled Bishop's transformation in an article with the untoppable headline "An Ex-Mouseketeer's Journey Back to Christianity from Paganism."
Here's the significance of his conversion, according to the Times:
"For American Pagans, Mr. Bishopâs defecting to a big, bad mainstream religion is bigger news than winning a Grammy, bigger than shooting a Vanity Fair cover. If youâre a Druid, a Wiccan or any of the nature-religion followers grouped under the label Pagan, youâre not talking about Britney, JT or Xtina. Youâre talking Teo Bishop."