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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Misconceptions About Witches, Wiccans and Pagans
The Misconceptions About Witches, Wiccans and Pagans still exist despite decades of educational and outreach work. What are the common misconceptions that you still encounter in books, on the net or in the media about Witches, Wiccans and Pagans? Have they changed over the years? What can we do about those religious zealots who out-and-out lie about our practices and beliefs? How do YOU respond to some of the ridiculous 'myths' that you might see or hear about modern Witchcraft and/or Pagan beliefs?
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| I Would Like To Actually Say Something Positive In Defense Of How... ||Oct 6th. at 1:58:08 pm EDT|
|Lira (Lunenburg, Massachusetts US) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I would like to actually say something positive in defense of how Witches are portrayed in The Craft, Practical Magic and Charmed. Ok, they are fluffy, popularized movies/shows rife with inaccuracies - but they all have something in common that a lot of us seem to overlook; they are not about evil hags worshipping the devil. Their heroines range from misguided (california teens meddling with power beyond their abilities - hmmm, like you've never heard of THAT happening), to benignly meddlesome (older women working ethically questionable love spells), to actually positive and beneficial (hereditary witches fighting the forces of evil, albeit a Judeo Christian model of evil).
Cut them some slack - compared to the abundant negative press that can be found demonizing and condemning Pagans, these movies/shows are the best thing to happen to us in terms of publicity for quite a while. The women portrayed live fairly "normal" lives. They don't eat babies, and in both Practical Magic and The Craft, it is specifically stated that Witches don't worship Satan.
I would like more than anything, to see a show portraying us positively AND accurately, but until such a time as Producers and TV Acquisitions execs begin holding their products to those sort of standards, I am willing to settle for positively.
Yours in the Goddess,
| The Most Common Misconception I Find In The Pagan Community Is The... ||Oct 7th. at 9:34:53 am EDT|
|Jeremy Cantrell (Dalton, Georgia US) ||Age: 19 - Email |
The most common misconception I find in the pagan community is the one about "The Burning Times." Anyone who had done even a minor amount of personal research would have found that there were no real witches burned. The witch trials, or werewolf trials in Europe, were a Christian vs. Christian thing. All the witches, pagans, and others of the kind were living the high life. The British king at the time's number one advisor, I appologize for forgeting his name, was an open witch, alchemist, astrologer, and many more things. In the center of London lived a widow, a young widow, who openly practiced healing majick as her occupation. There are many, many more examples of witches like these, and as you can see, there was no reason for any witch to be living down in the slums with all those stupid Christians, and I personally am offended by anyone who would think that our kind would have ever been held down by dirty little puritans.
| I Almost Always Ask Those Silly Religious Bigots, "what Were Those Human... ||Oct 25th. at 5:57:21 am EDT|
|Kathrynna (Huntington Woods, Michigan US) ||Age: 20 - Email |
I almost always ask those silly religious bigots, "what were those human beings up to before the age of christianity, anyway?"
A world certainly must have existed before the bible (maybe a better one at that). Since people who lie over and over about paganism and any other faith are mainly christians, I then ask them, "has anything ever been right besides christianity?" Why are people so extremely content on converting the whole world to the ways of jesus christ? It is an infinite mystery beyond us, I believe. Sometimes, but just sometimes, it is quite difficult not to hate, just as they so willingly do.
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