Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Adventures of a Devil-Worshipping Whore, or, Why I Don’t Believe We’re Arguing About What We Believe

I like this. Unfortunately, some pagans aren't immune to behaving like religious fanatics either.
Adventures of a Devil-Worshipping Whore, or, Why I Don’t Believe We’re Arguing About What We Believe: Second: who’s marginalizing you? Other pagans? Really? Aren’t you more concerned about the social or religious mainstream communities of America or the news media marginalizing you? And aren’t you being just a little bit hypocritical, accusing others of “marginalizing” you when you refer to others’ spiritual beliefs as “horse shit?” Just saying. But again, I ask, how precisely are you being marginalized? The fact that other pagans do not share your views does not mean they are marginalizing you. It just means they don’t agree with you and don’t believe as you do. It doesn’t necessarily mean they don’t respect your views, and it most definitely doesn’t equate with oppressing or “marginalizing” them, or you.

1 comment:

Karyn said...

I think it ultimately comes down to remembering to treat each individual as just that, an individual, and not to apply labels and make assumptions about people based on those labels. Even in these articles, assumptions are made about what Pagans believe, when there are really so many different variations that it's dizzying. Even in the Circle that I attended for years, we had an average of seven or eight people at any given time, and I think I could fairly say that we all had slightly different beliefs. We got along and worked well together because we respected each others' differences. God and Goddess made us the way we are, and there's a reason we're not all exactly alike. We should remember that and honor it rather than allowing it to divide us.