Hello dear reader(s)!
Dear Christian Witches,
Are you Christian? Are you also a witch?
No, you’re not! There is no such thing as a Christian witch!
“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” – Revelation 21:8, King James Version of the bible.
If you practice witchcraft, you are what was a sorcerer in that translation. You would be considered to be an idolater. Your ass would be hanged, burned, or otherwise tortured to death and you would be labeled a heretic, before being condemned to “second death” in a fucking lake of fire. Revelation is a New Testament book too, so I will accept no lame-ass excuses about the old rules no longer applying because of Jesus. The Old Testament is even worse on the subject.
While many witches and pagans go our of their way to twist and turn the history of one of the world’s most oppressive religions into something they have an easier time “coexisting” with, I sit back and shake my head. Especially as I encounter more and more “Christian witches” in my witch circles. As we attempt to be less exclusionary than the Abrahamic religions, we often end up making excuses for people and things that need not be excused. In order to be more “tolerant”, we attempt to coexist with people and a system that has no interest in coexisting with anyone else.
Tolerance is a two-way street. Just as the Jewish prisoners of the Warsaw Ghetto had no obligation to tolerate the Nazi authorities, we as witches have no obligation to tolerate the Christians who regularly demonstrate their outright disdain for anyone who doesn’t believe in their version of a differently translated deity in an often contradictory set of books cobbled together to resemble a story with more plot holes than a combining of all the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movies.
History shows it is unwise to attempt to tolerate those who would not tolerate you, and yet, we all do it out of some misguided belief that people are not capable of being as fucked-up as some are. If you don’t want to go all the way back to the attempts made to appease Hitler, you can simply look at the time the Democrats last had the majority, wanted to pass significant legislation, the “nuclear option” (changing Senate procedure thus preventing Filibusters when your party only has a simple majority) was brought up, the Democrats balked, lost the majority, the Republicans decided to block their Supreme Court nominee, and then used that very same “nuclear option” to steal the seat. The Republicans had decided to stop at nothing to destroy the Democrats, the Democrats knew it, had the tools at their disposal to stop the Republican machine in its tracks, and decided it was better that they look like the bigger people. Actually, that’s quite common with the Democrats, but I digress.
I am sorry you can’t let go of your brainwashing. I get it, your parents put you in a brainwashing program called Sunday School, continued that in church, probably made you watch Veggie Tales or The Chronicles of Narnia, and society reinforces it on your money, your sports, plaques at schools and courthouses, all over media, and every viable political leader in this nation. Fine. I do not think that makes you a terrible person. In fact, I do not even think that believing that only those who think, believe, and live like you will have this wonderfully boring afterlife makes you a terrible person. Don’t legislate against me, respect my decision to disagree with you, and sure, we can coexist.
But first of all, that’s not what happens, is it? You might not attempt to legislate or convert me directly, but the Christian churches you go to, tithe to, and support, all almost universally – do. You may not be against marriage equality, but chances are your church actively lobbied against it, or to codify their right to discriminate against others under the guise of “religious freedom”. This isn’t new, it is ingrained in your religion’s history because of the central tenant that your God and only your God is to be believed.
Second, and more importantly, my rituals, my witchy web pages, my circles, my traditions, and my gatherings all attempts to recover and reconnect with belief systems that were stolen and re-branded by your fucking religion, while wiping out those who would not follow. That’s like dancing on a grave.
If you want to learn more about what I believe, by all means, let’s talk. But you can’t walk on more than one path, especially when they lead in completely opposite directions.
Remember, it isn’t me being exclusionary here. That is what you believe. It says so, right in that book you claim is the word of your infallible God. So for everyone’s sake, stop calling yourself a witch, and stay away from my path.
…Unless of course, you don’t believe?