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Monday, February 18, 2013

Fox "News" Pagan/Wiccan Hate

As some, or maybe all, of you know, Fox aired a rather disturbing segment about Pagans and Wiccans.

I really wasn't all that surprised to see this from Fox, but the fact that it was aired on a news station (or at least a station that considers itself "news") is appalling to me. This was a gross misrepresentation of Wiccans and Pagans, and I think they should be ashamed for reporting on something they know nothing about. If, after watching the video, you're interested in signing a petition, there is one going HERE for an apology, etc.

I wanted to take a moment to share why this has gotten under my skin so much, since things like this  normally do not bother me. I won't go into the crazy stereotyping from the video...

First of all, I live in a very conservative, Christian, rural area. Most of the people around here watch Fox religiously and take what they hear/see there very seriously. It's not entirely safe for someone who is not a Christian to be open about their beliefs. Sure, they may not be chased down the street by people toting pitch forks and torches (or at least that's unlikely), but they could have their tires slashed, break lines cut, be beaten up, lose their job, or any number of other bad things.

But, the people here are very, very patriotic and become enraged very easily if those in the military are mistreated or discriminated against in any way. Those things can easily override any prejudices they hold towards other religions, sexualities, etc. They may not like that you're a Pagan, or gay, but they go nuts if they hear about a soldier being discriminated against for reasons such as those.

This thing with Fox has brought up Pagans in the military (I have no idea how) and people seem to be looking at it in a new light. I'm not saying they all are, but people that I personally know (and never expected to not agree with Fox) have become enraged by this Fox segment. They've put aside their hatred for other religions for a change because for some reason they're seeing this anti-Pagan mentality in a new light. I'm not sure if it's entirely because of the military Pagans out there, or if it's because they finally see how freedom of religion mean any religion, but I'm thankful for the change.

It takes baby steps to achieve change, and this seems to be just one of many for equality for Pagans. We are a minority, but we don't deserve to be ridiculed, bullied, beaten, etc. just because of our religious an spiritual beliefs. Somehow, it seems that this video is actually aiding Pagans because so many non-Pagans are voicing  their opinion about it. I'm sure there are plenty of people out there pissed off because there's a petition against Fox, who think Fox was right  about us, etc. But there are also a lot of people out there showing support.

Yes, Fox was out of line, but because of the public outcry over this video, some people are actually learning how inaccurate these misconceptions and stereotypes are, which is good for us. The more educated people are about Paganism and Witchcraft, the more accepted we'll be. It's going to take time, but I think this is  definitely a step in the right direction for tolerance and understanding, even if Fox does not apologize (does anyone really expect them to?) and correct their mistakes.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

2013 Witches & Witchcraft Reading Challenge- Books

I've decided to just do a post to keep track of my books this year, so I'll try to keep this updated as I go along. I chose the level "Mother," which is 11-15 books. To see my original blog entry about this challenge, click here.

  1. Rise of the Witch by G. Stewart
  2. Tiger's Eye by Barbra Annino
  3. Book of Shadows by Cate Tiernan
  4. The Coven by Cate Tiernan
  5. Blood Witch by Cate Tiernan
  6. Dark Magick by Cate Tiernan
  7.  The Sacrifice by Evangeline Anderson
  8. Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
  9. Awakening by Cate Tiernan
  10. Spellbound by Cate Tiernan
  11. The Calling by  Cate Tiernan
  12. Changeling by Cate Tiernan
  13. Strife by Cate Tiernan
  14. Seeker by Cate Tiernan
  15. Origins by Cate Tiernan
  16. Eclipse by Cate Tiernan
  17. Reckoning by Cate Tiernan
  18. Full Circle by Cate Tiernan
  19. Night's Child by Cate Tiernan
  20.  Veil Between Worlds by Sally Dubats

Pagan Blog Project- "C" is for Curses

Curses are a serious "hot-button" topic within the Pagan/Witchy community. It's really not surprising, but people get more defensive about curses/hexes/whatever you want to call them, than physical violence sometimes.

(This post is so late because last week we had a couple of days of unseasonably warm weather (right after a huge  snow), followed by a flash flood and a near blizzard. It was friggin' weird, let me tell you. So, in the midst of trying to check for damage from the flood, etc., I didn't get around to posting Friday, but here it is now.)

This is just how I feel about using curses, and I know many, may people disagree. That's fine, I get it. Here we go...

I don't have a problem with curses being used. But, in my opinion, a curse is similar to abortion. It is an option, but it should not be done "just because" or without careful consideration. Furthermore, you have to be willing to own your actions and any consequences that may come.

You don't begin a curse without really thinking it over. A curse is a final straw, out of options move that needs to be carefully considered, planned and executed. In my opinion, a curse isn't something you throw out there just  because you can, and you should have a really damn good reason for using one. Translation: Being dumped isn't a good enough reason for a curse (again, in my opinion). What is curse worthy? Well, that's up to you to decide. I have a rough idea of situations that  may push me to curse. I've been in situations that led to me considering them, but I always found alternatives that worked out nicely.

Basically, I think it boils down to how hard you've worked to find alternatives, how bad the situation is, and if you're truly willing to face the potential repercussions of sending out a curse.

On that note, let me reiterate that I am not Wiccan (as I've said before), and I do not believe in "white magick," "black magick," etc. I don't really believe in "good vs evil" either. Magick is magick is magick. I may go over my beliefs about magick, energy, etc. further in a separate post, but for now let me just say this: I don't believe in the rule of three so much. I do believe in karma, and I believe that (to a point) you get what you give. I think that there are situations where a curse may be a good option, just like physical violence may be an option in some situations. If someone were to attack me, I would either pummel them, shoot them (if I had a gun and a chance to use it), etc., or I would go down fighting and take a nice chunk of them with me if at all possible. I don't think of curses any differently, really, it's just a different method of defending/protecting myself.

I hope all of that made sense, but if it didn't I apologize. Again, I know people will disagree and I expect it. That's fine, great even, because that's part of the beauty of Paganism. We're allowed to have our own opinions and beliefs, build our own path/tradition if we choose.