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Have you ever come across the term Christian apologists? I really never understood these people. I mean, C.S. Lewis was one, and I can deeply appreciate his writings aside from his novels. No, there are others who use this title as a cover for their proselytizing. I came across this link the other day and wanted to show it to you folks. It’s this group called CARM, and they had this lovely little link on how to witness to Wiccans about their misguided beliefs. http://carm.org/religious-movements/wicca/witnessing-those-wicca That’s the link.

I have gone back several times to read it, only to just break down laughing. This is something I would’ve attributed to the likes of The Onion, or maybe Landover Baptist. It reads like parody, except that it’s not. I’d almost think that some clever hacker inserted this into the site for laughs, but it’s all part of CARM’s agenda. It’s full of mistakes, outright lies, and just pure nonsense.

We don’t worship Satan. We are NOT Christians, okay? Satan is a strictly Christian invention. I could go into all the details, but I’m sure intelligent people like yourselves can find the answers yourselves. We do not engage in animal sacrifices. We don’t go out and proselytize either, because we find that mentality distasteful and quite rude. My descriptions of this can’t do it justice, because it’s just so zany. I could see this popping up on The Colbert Report–he would have a field day with it, especially roping that wunderkind Christine O’Donnell into it all. You all remember that lady, right?

So, my small army of subscribers and readers, do you think I’m evil and delusional? Bible thumpers will also describe us pagans as perverted, sex and drug-crazed freaks, that we engage in every sort of atrocity. For the record, I do not smoke, nor ever will, I rarely drink alcohol, and I most definitely abhor drugs. I’m not interested in intimacy either, which will surprise some of you. You’ve seen those pictures of me; I look fairly normal, don’t I?

This is what annoys me. People get it into their heads that people who share my beliefs are some freaky, unwashed hippies, or black-clad Goths, or gods know what else. We get endlessly stereotyped by Hollywood and right-wing kooks as these dangerous sociopaths, and no one bothers to correct those mistakes. We get shown crap like that idiot show ‘Charmed‘, and people actually think that’s what pagans do! Or the things in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘. It’s embarrassing and frankly insulting. Yet very few of us are brave enough to go public and call out the lies made up about us. Oh we can say that workplace discrimination isn’t tolerated, but I’ve known many who’ve lost their jobs over their beliefs. I have heard of some who’ve had their kids taken away for simply being Wiccan. Yes, it’s illegal but it happens anyway, because the unspoken national religion in this country is Christianity. I have known fellow pagans who’ve been forced to move because they had been threatened by neighbors who didn’t like their beliefs. They had property vandalized, their homes damaged because of their faith. It’s why we keep a low profile. Some areas of this country are more open to diverse beliefs, but other places not very much.

We don’t like it very much to be preached at, told we’re stupid and deluded for believing in ‘lies’. We don’t really appreciate being told if we don’t convert, we’ll burn eternally in Hell. We don’t believe in Hell, for that matter. We get called superstitious, ignorant, uneducated and naive. Some of the pagans I’ve known are highly educated, some with multiple advanced degrees. They have served as soldiers in the military, as police officers, as computer specialists. They are just like the rest of us. Maybe we can be a touch eccentric at times, but I can assure you that we don’t go about in full Renaissance regalia waving magick wands. That’s only on Halloween. The ones who do that I think are just very unbalanced individuals who have a desperate need for attention. They DO NOT represent all of us, and furthermore, shouldn’t be lumped in with all of us. On another note, I get really annoyed with these so-called ‘occult experts’, who just happen to be some far-right preacher. They have no objectivity whatsoever, so whatever information they pass onto law enforcement or other public officials is already skewed in a negative light. A lot of pagans are wary of law enforcement because they’re afraid they’ll be automatically considered a criminal because of their beliefs. That’s thanks to the dedicated work of fundies that promote that stereotype. I would be more than happy to offer MY knowledge to authorities if they had an occult-associated crime. We just don’t have enough strong, CREDIBLE representatives of our beliefs, sadly.

Let me add this in closing. I do not point the finger at all Christians, because in reality, most are decent, down to earth folks who maybe ARE curious to what we’re about. When I refer to ‘Christians’ in this piece, it’s the loony tune fundamentalists who spout all of this nonsense.

We are not monsters, or depraved freaks. We are human beings, just like everyone else. We have different beliefs and that shouldn’t make us criminals, or second-class citizens. I hope this helps those who have wanted to ask, but were afraid to. We are not the enemy. Hate is the enemy. Blessed be, my friends.