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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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911 America: Talking Through The Terror...
Talking Through The Terror... And helping each other cope with the tragedies that struck at the very heart of the United States. The Witches Voice has opened up this forum in order that Pagans may express their thoughts on the terrorist attacks that took place in NYC and DC on September 11th. As the full realization of what happened and the toll numbers begin to come in, Americans have many challenges ahead.
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| It Has Been Two Days Since The Attack On Our Nation And... ||Sep 13th. at 1:55:42 pm EDT|
|D'Vynity (Chicago, Illinois US) ||Age: 27 |
It has been two days since the attack on our nation and all I can see on the TV and the internet is "We gonna git em!", from our leader, from our government, and from our citizens. Message boards are crammed with violent and militant comments of racism and revenge. Arab Americans, two of whom are friends of mine, are being attacked on the street. The nation thought to be harbouring our number one suspect braces in fear of war.
While those responsible should be brought to justice, the universal notion of "Two wrongs don't make a right" should also be remembered. Of course, try making that expression on a Yahoo board and you are called such charming things as a "pinko sand n****r lover". Bombing a nation off the planet is not the answer, although many would love it to be. The enemy nation and their allies would vow revenge just the same and the whole cycle starts all over again. Unfortunately, if a group is going to keep going until they are indeed destroyed, that is NOT the fault of the nation and their people, but the nation's government if they are harbouring the group.
Another thing I see over and over again is this concept of "evil". The whole deed was "evil", done by "evil" people. There is "evil" human action, not "evil" human beings. We can judge the actions, but we have no right to judge the beings. Those folks celebrating our demise, well, all I have to say is this: they are our enemies, after all, and that doesn't make it any more right and acceptable, but I know quite a few people here in America who, during Desert Storm, who were gleefully cheering for the destruction while wearing their Desert Storm T-Shirts, saying the troops should kill any Arab they see. I, for one, was appalled by this behaviour, as were some of those in the Middle East two days ago. Not everyone on our enemies' soil is dancing in the streets. Even militant Islamic groups are condemning the loss of innocent civilian lives and are offering their regrets. While difficult to do in times like this, to judge an entire race, religion, or group of people on the basis of one extreme group is wrong. It would be like lumping all pro-life supporters into a group of woman-hating, clinic bombers, which some of them are, but not all. Or lumping all Pagans into misconceptions of being Satanic and "evil".
Before anyone goes off half-cocked into "I gonna shoot them down myself!", I suggest a civil and logical regrouping and rethinking. A full-scale bombing is not going to fix anything this soon in the game. The nation and the world are still too freshly wounded from the events only 48 hours ago. We are still too angry. We first need to heal, physically and emotionally, before making an attack, if it is at all necessary. This needs to be a time of mourning those who were lost, remembering their time in this life, and glorifying their passing into the next life, no matter what religion you are. The night of the attacks, I lit my alter and prayed to four goddess, one for each of the planes that went down: Bastet for healing and life, Hera for reencarnation into whatever body one choses, whether spiritual or physical as well as Heaven, Hecate for the Moon, the light in the darkness, as well as her role as a Triple Goddess, and last but not least, Athena, who is not only the goddess of War and Justice, but that of Wisdom, which we will all be needing in the coming months to keep a level head in this touchy and horrid situation. bin Ladin's group is indeed dangerous, make no mistake about that, but what is more dangerous is the fact that we have no idea how many of his supporters are here. If we act in too much haste, we could seriously regret it in the end. This is a time for brains, not braun. If need be, the braun will come later.
I've tried not to step on any toes in this situation, but I've always been raised with the concept of "Give Peace a Chance", and I guess that's what you get when you have hippie parents. I would like to say that others agree with me, but I know those folks are very few and far between in days like these. We are clinging to the ends of the dove's tail and we have heavy rocks around our ankles. Only time will tell if we fall away from her completely, but as of now, our grip is slipping.
| I Saw The Tragedy As Most Of The Rest Of Us Did... ||Sep 13th. at 2:00:20 pm EDT|
|dragonfly (St. Petersburg, Florida US) ||Age: 39 - Email |
I saw the tragedy as most of the rest of us did, on TV. Being a news addict, first thing I do on waking is turn on CNN. I saw the hole in the World Trade Center.
I watched the rest in disbelief.
When the first tower collapsed I screamed, then ran outside. I screamed and cried right in the street. People drove by, watching, on cell phones. Some stared. Many were also crying, or looked as if they would.
I live in an urban area. Birds and squirrels immediately began swarming around. Many are tame because neighbors feed them. I cried and cried. More birds and squirrels came.
One blackbird pointed his/her head to the sky. Did it for several minutes. Like myself, s/he kept calling to the sky. Sadly, I missed exactly what s/he was saying. I believe s/he was saying that we must grieve our loss.
Later in the day there was a typical Florida summer downpour. I stood in it. I do all ritual and meditation skyclad, I regretted that I could not stand in the rain in such a manner. And our Mother said "Yes, child, I am here. I am still here. I will remain. Do whatever you can, and ask everyone you know to do whatever they can."
Our Mother is calling all of us, whoever we are, whatever we believe. She is asking for us to heal our world. For it is the world She has provided for us, it is the home we love.
No matter where you are in the world, New York City and Washington, DC are rooms in our home. We have lost thousands of members of our family.
Mother wants us to heal our Earth with our love. She wants us to act. Not in haste, not in anger, not in fear, but in love.
Whatever your practice, it's time to get to work.
| I Am Heartened And Saddened At The Same Time By The Posts... ||Sep 13th. at 2:03:10 pm EDT|
|Kila Nightrain (Washington, District of Columbia US) ||Age: 30 |
I am heartened and saddened at the same time by the posts I have read on this list. As an American of Muslim descent, I feel traumatized, outraged, hurt by the bombings. By the narrow-mindedness, ignorance of people who would lump all Muslims with these monsters, I am angered and saddened. Islam is a beautiful religion that preaches peace, equality and self-defense. Equating what these people have done with Islam is like equating Timothy McVeigh with all white men. It is illogical and it is wrong.
I agree that we need to bring the people who did this to justice. But adding our hatred to their hatred will solve nothing. Those who celebrate, I feel, have been numbed to humanity. Their lives are taken with impunity and they take other's lives with impunity...thus, life to them is cheap.
Those of you who posted hateful messages about Muslims and Islam, I have this to say to you. Your characterizations are no more accurate or fair than those of the celebrators in the Middle East. Muslims, my family, died in the WTC bombings, Muslims are helping by defending this nation in the military and in the police, they are doctors helping by saving lives. How dare you equate them all with the bombers?! It is the utmost hypocrisy, to pledge the creed "do no harm" and then to turn around and advocate the bombing to smithereens of countries with countless innocent people who probably do not support their leaders.
And for those of you who advocated our taking over of the oil resource rich countries, it is exactly this foolishness that causes people the world over to hate Americans. Please, do us all a favour and try not to reflect the worst of our faults.
As for myself, I pray for the lives lost, I pray in support of the helpers, the peace-makers, and I uphold them as examples of the best of America!
| Light A Candle For Unity!though Terrorists May Have Struck Out At... ||Sep 13th. at 2:08:10 pm EDT|
|Mary (New York, New York US) ||Age: 40 |
LIGHT A CANDLE FOR UNITY!
Though terrorists may have struck out at us as
Americans, let us come together and show our unity. Let
us show that though we may have been hurt, they cannot
dim the light which burns in the hearts of all Americans.
ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2001, AT 10:30PM (EASTERN
TIME), 9:30 PM (CENTRAL) AND 8:30PM (PACIFIC), walk out
your door and light a candle or lantern to show the
world that our spirit burns bright. Gather with your
loved ones, friends and neighbors and let your light
burn in the night to show that we are united and that we remain
Please pass this on to anyone you know. Print it up and
pass it to anyone who may not have Internet access.
Post it on message boards, clubs, news stations -
anywhere and everywhere there are PROUD AMERICANS.
| I've Been Reading The Thoughts Of Others And It's Been Wonderful To... ||Sep 13th. at 2:08:30 pm EDT|
|ldydrk (SLC, Utah US) ||Age: 26 - Email |
I've been reading the thoughts of others and it's been wonderful to feel that I'm not alone in this. That there are so many others out there who understand. I don't feel rage or anger. I feel incredible sadness. I feel pride in those men who gave their lives to end up crashing the plane in a deserted area of PA. I feel sorrow for the people who leapt from the 100th story of the Towers, trying to excape the fire. I feel overwhelming sadness for the families and friends...
I don't see this as an American issue, but as a human issue. A life issue. I understand the rage that so many others feel, even if I don't share in that. I want those who did it to experience justice, to be stopped from doing it ever again, but I don't believe the answer is to bomb an entire country or to lock up or harm Middle Easterners here... killing more innocents will not create balance... only more suffering. I don't want war, but I also don't think turning the other cheek is the answer...
I send my prayers out to the Goddess for healing & justice.
| To All Of You Out There Out Of Nyc. Send You Light... ||Sep 13th. at 2:14:45 pm EDT|
|Mary (New York, New York US) ||Age: 40 |
To all of you out there out of NYC. Send you light and love to us. Pray and make spells for peace. Very few of you are from the city. Belive me we are more scared than any of you about future attacks. Every 5 minutes we are hearing of more and more bomb threats. People are still walking around dazed and the children are terrified. Light candles tonight at 10:30 Eastern Time and send us not only your love and light but send the Goddes in all her forms to us and the rest of the nation. Reflect on the lives lost and the lives destroyed not only here in NYC but the rest of the world. We can make change. Already large numbers of New Yorkers are meeting in parks and chanting, writing and praying together. Join us. Send love not thoughts of vindication. There is enough of that right here. Send love, send light, strength and logic. Send it to the President and to all of the Middle East. Ask the God to join with the Goddess in love and protection for her children not hatred and anger. Goddess Be with you all.
| Well, It Is Now Two Days Later, And My Reactions Are Evolving... ||Sep 13th. at 2:19:50 pm EDT|
|Aedh Rua (New Richmond, Wisconsin US) ||Age: 35 - Email |
Well, it is now two days later, and my reactions are evolving. Here are a few of them:
1. This was an attack not only on Christian America, but also on us, that is on Pagans/Heathens. There were almost certainly Pagans in the world trade center. There were almost certainly Pagans on at least one of the hijacked planes. Until now I had considered us to be neutral in a conflict between Moslems, Jews, and Christians. But no longer.
2. Ancient Celtic values include most of all an Firinne, called Uera in Gaulish, which means Truth, both in the sense of not-falsehood, but also in the sense of the cosmic order, and essential justice. Because of this, we cannot wage war against all Moslems, but only against those responsible.
3. There is an ancient institution called in Irish the "Cethern". This word means war-band, and is the origin of the Hiberno-English term "kern", meaning fighter. The Gaulish, by the way, is the unrelated word Corios, which has nonethless the same meaning. It was indeed possible to wage war against "aire 's a chethern", which is to say, against a noble and his war-band. It appears that "Osama bin Ladin 's a chethern" are behind the attacks. If that is proven, then we, as Pagans, are at war against this man and his followers.
4. That war must be waged with crogacht, which is to say, blood-thirst. This crime is such that there would be no honor in accepting compensation. We must kill, kill, and kill again, until that thrist is slaked, and until we know in our hearts that the war is over.
5. This means that we are temporarily allied to the Christians, and even the fundies. This is a very strange alliance, but no stranger, I suppose, than the alliance between the Russians and Americans in World War II. As far as I am concerned, our alliance is about that close, too. The thought of "Dubya" with war powers is an Orwellian nightmare. Even as we do what we can to support American retaliation against "Osama 's a chethern", we had better make sure that we aren't giving away our own freedom in the process. When the war against Osama ends, so does our alliance with the fundies. They have hurt our children, and, though I don't want to hate them, I will not forget that, or ever be comfortable with their having so much as a drop of political power.
6. I also have to admit that America had something to do with causing this mess. The U.S. really did train and arm this fanatic, back in the Cold War, and the West as a whole has allowed the whole Middle East mess to fester until it is now at an almost hopeless point. When the war is over, we need to do what we can, without arrogance, and listening to all sides, to help bring a real and just peace.
7. There are a lot of people still suffering from the attack itself. We must do what we can to help them. My blood is for various reasons useless. Therefore, I must give money. But we must all give money, blood, or work.
This is what I feel right now.
| First Let Me Say The Humanity Of This Tragic Chaos Is Almost... ||Sep 13th. at 2:24:39 pm EDT|
|Aradia Ravensign (Coral Springs, Florida US) ||Age: 23 - Email |
First let me say the humanity of this tragic chaos is almost to much to bare. When you see two buildings fall, you are in awe and shock. When you see the pentagon destruction, your are horrified for the nation. When you see people leaping from the floors, holding hands, strangers bleeding in the streets, dead bodies lying on the ground, screams of terror ringing in the air, children crying for their parents, wifeÕs crying for their husbands, brothers and sisters of mine, of all of us, crying out in one voice, WHY! Those are the things that make us all cry for strangers, brothers and sister that suffer thru this terrible pain.
Let us remember and give us the courage to not return to our barbarism and serve the same cruelty shown to us. Let us remember that we are horrified because we live in a society that considers ourselves the Òcivilized free worldÓ and how could these things happen here? We CAN NOT bomb other countries where it may be possible to kill other brothers and sisters of ours, in this family of our human race. No matter how much we are angry, in pain, or terrified, we must remember what we stand for even when these enemies face us. Let us remember ÒThe land of the free and the home of the braveÓ and Òwith liberty and justice for ALL.Ó
May the Goddess Bless and protect all of you and your families.
| I Have Been Talking And Writing And Typing About This Since Yesterday... ||Sep 13th. at 2:36:42 pm EDT|
|Willow Polson (Groveland, California US) ||Age: 35 - Email |
I have been talking and writing and typing about this since yesterday... the day before I couldn't... glued to the television, both unable to look away and hungry for more details. About the tragedy. About the collapse and the burning. About who may have done this. About the ramifications for the country and other nations as well. But I still don't know quite what to say.
I haven't read the responses of others here yet, but I'm sure they will express the cavernous sickness and sorrow we all feel as well as the anger toward who may have done this. I echo those feelings as well, especially as I work with many deities -- Kwan Yin, Lakshmi and Kali, Sekhmet, Bast, Het Heret and Auset. The compassion and the rage... I see both sides so well as a Gemini and follower of Ma'at. But that is not why I'm writing.
10 or 15 years ago I felt something... a dark grey cloud on the horizon. I told no one of this feeling... "It's just me" I thought. Then the image solidified into a tattered grey cloak stretching across the sky, smoke and chaos and destruction underneath in its wake. Within a few months I started hearing others talk about this feeling that something was coming... a Great Change. I tentatively asked what they saw, and they saw a dark cloud on the horizon, stretching across the sky...
Over the years the feeling has grown. Flowed and ebbed, but still there in the back of my consciousness. Other feelings have come to me, converged, and joined the ominous grey tattered cloak. Its time has come.
Someone on an email list I'm on said that we are at the Crossroads. Hecate is holding her lamp aloft, lighting the way but not guiding us to our final decision. That is up to us. But which way is the right way? We can see the paths stretching off into the lightless distance, but we cannot know until we arrive at the next Crossroads when things along the path have made it clear whether we have chosen rightly or wrongly. Perhaps there is no wrong way or right way. The Web of Life is so intricate... how will we find our way past the Great Tangle? Who and what will still be standing when it's over?
| My First Post Was Short, So Shall This One Be. I Am... ||Sep 13th. at 2:42:14 pm EDT|
|Eric Weiss (Nashua, New Hampshire US) ||Age: 48 - Email |
My first post was short, so shall this one be. I am a Native New Yorker, Manhattan to be exact. I moved away for peace and quiet, I now live in New Hampshire. Yet on Tuesday my spirit was torn from NH and was thrust back into NYC. My brother is with IBM, he is safe, but was closer to the scene than he lead us to believe, he lost friends & co-workers. We have all lost friends and family, it's just starting to sink in. I follow a Norse/Wiccan path. I think its time for a healing ritual tonight. As I said before, Goddess help us all.
| My Deepest Sympathies And Thoughts Lie With All Those Who Have Lost... ||Sep 13th. at 2:44:29 pm EDT|
|Ariele Whitesilver (Nottingham, England., England UK) ||Age: 19 |
My deepest sympathies and thoughts lie with all those who have lost loved ones in this most terrible act, and with the brave rescue workers who continue to search unceasingly for survivors, we can all only pray to whichever Gods/Goddess's we wish to that more survivors will be found.
Everyone in America should know that the British people share in your loss, as we too are beginning to realise that many of our own citizens died that day. For me, I can only imagine how many Americans are feeling - I still cannot fully comprehend it and I live on the other side of the Atlantic.
Like others here I agree that the need for justice should not be directed against those who simply share the same faith as the terrorists or look the same.... but to those who are responsible, who did fund this, who did organise this. For these people, it is clear, justice is coming. Whatever action is taken I fully support, no matter what its form.
May all those who have been affected by this find hope in these dark times.
| I Read The Hateful Messages Written Everywhere Online And I Wasn't Surprised... ||Sep 13th. at 2:44:33 pm EDT|
|Shayde (Martinez, California US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I read the hateful messages written everywhere online and I wasn't surprised. Americans reacted as I had expected. While I am moved by the out and out heroism of people pulling together to save lives, it is all drowned out by a hateful, racist cacophany. This is the only forum I've read that did not replse me. I was moved that most of our posts showed pagans doing what we could physically and magically for people. But I am apalled when I see pagans (the kindest people on earth right?) speaking of bombing and killing and taking the lands and resources of other people. What is wrong with you? You are just as heartless as the filth that perpetrated this act. Yes I'm angry. So angry when I got to my altar I began to lay a curse on the heads of the individuals who were behind this and still alive. But I managed to calm myself enough to petition the gods to bring these people to justice. Yes I'm angry but filling Afghanistan with charred bodies will not bring people back. Afghan americans were fighting the fires and healing the injured! They pay taxes, raise children, and defend this country and they are just as American as white little me! And they deserve to be safe as we all do! Islam didn't do this. The Arab world didn't do this. Did you all own slaves? Did you kick native americans off of their home? I didn't but my anscestors probably did, and I have to live with that and learn from their horrid mistakes but I don't want to be punished for them.
Goddess teach us mercy and heal us all
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