It’s one of the things that annoys me most for the last decade or so.
Politics is about controlling other people. We know that politics mixed with religion brings out the worst in Christians, Jews, and Muslims. American pagans see that all the time.
Sometimes if you pay attention, you can see that politics corrupts pretty much any religion, faith, or path you’d care to name.
Politics is one of my guilty passions because I’m so good at it. I’m far better than any amateur has a right to be. And yes, I enjoy it immensely. I get off on it when it goes my way.
Which is why I am so careful when and where I use politics.
To quote Doctor Who, “A good man doesn’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.”
When I created my political blog, I deliberately made a destinction between political and pagan subjects. What does scrying under a dark moon have to do with who gets elected? What does planting a tree have to do with gay marriage rights? What does casting a circle have to do with what someone can say in a blog?
Politics is about controlling people. That’s why things like this infuriate me. Suddenly we’re dictating the language that people may use, at what time, and under what circumstance.
Well, fuck it. KYFHO now and forever.
I’m more polite there as you can see by my post. But I’m still angry.
❝Religion can not be allowed the coercive power of the state and the state can not be allowed the moral justification of faith.❞
❝You want to impress me, come up with something more than "the Bible told me so.” Don't make threats about judgement and eternal flame. Don't tell me about the changes it's made in your life. Don’t tell me how it’s “saved you.” Don’t tell me how you have the hotline to the “Almighty."
And don’t tell me “it’s God’s judgement” when you’re the one spouting the words.
Tell me about the changes your faith makes in the world around you. Tell me what you do that makes the world better than when you got here. Tell me how your faith manifests through you.
Tell me about how you pass it on.
If that "Living Word" exists, it has to be in the hearts and souls of those people who have really embraced it. It's not in a dusty book. The verses don't matter except to show you the way. Tell me what lives behind those printed words. Tell me how you turned your sacrifice into a blessing.
Tell me about love. Tell me about the love you showed today.
❝There is a danger in the New Age movement of 'open-mindedness' and 'universality' becoming a new dogma which only serves to separate 'us' who pay lip service to these ideals from 'them' who do not. Far better to be a flexible, open-minded traditionalist than a rigidly doctrinaire liberal.❞ — Ya'qub ibn Yusuf, from Back to Basics, Gnosis No. 16, Summer 1990
❝I can't be the white knight. I can only be a friend. I can't be a savior, but I can lend a shoulder and an ear. I can't shield anyone from the cold darkness, but I can share a little body heat under the blanket. I can't bring joy, but I can give a smile.❞
Practical paganism, but now and again a narration on American neopaganism and Modern Adult Pagans. Philosopher, libertarian, and part-time trouble maker, NeoWayland looks at keeping truths alive despite a wash of nonsense. But don't be surprised when he's doing the "nekkid pagan guy" thing.
There are pagan news & opinion sites. Technopagan Yearnings is not one. Since Wren Walker retired the Wren’s Nest of Witchvox, the best pagan news & opinion is probably The Wild Hunt.
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