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Satanist/NeoPagan War

To: alt.pagan,alt.satanism,alt.religion.all-worlds
From: Cher 
Subject: Re: Satanist/NeoPagan War
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 1996 06:09:51 -0600

On Thu, 20 Jun 1996, William Edward Woody wrote:

> *sniff*
> No-one ever reads my posts.

I guess this means I must change my name to No-one -- Yes!?
> And of course the side light to this argument is "if a Satanist can
> _also_ self-identify as Pagan, how enlightened are the other Pagans
> who insist on selling out our left-handed brothers to the Cops in
> order to keep our ass off the fire the next time the Christians
> call a Wiccan roast."
> Of course if the Satanists are _not_ Pagan, and it is _impossible_
> for them to be Pagan in any way, shape or form, the second question
> is no longer as poigniant as before: there is no selling out of any
> brother Pagans. Just the reporting to the Cops of folks who are
> prone to criminal behaviour.

It should be this way regardless of whether you are a pagan or not.
Religious behavior is different from criminal behavior, even if the two
are sometimes blended in together -- but one does not make the other, nor
should it provide an excuse for the other.

I'm not sure I'll ever understand the mentality that being a satanist is
criminal, even one who claims satan or the devil is real and who worships
the Christian adversary.  Last time I checked it wasn't!  If your not
breaking the laws, then I don't care if you want to worship Bungadunga!

Would people turn in Christians, Jews, etc. for who they honor; or if they
were committing a crime?  I would hope it be just the latter, and in turn
I hope they would see the same for satanists, wiccans, druids, or any
> And that's why so many people are all up in arms over the whole "can
> Satanists be Pagan" question.
> Because one way or another, someone has been peeing in someone else's
> water bottle. It's just a matter of figuring out _who_.

Thank you for your explanation.

Black Widow

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