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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.

What are your thoughts on these incidents? How are you feeling? Feel free to post any magickal workings or other support gatherings planned in your area.

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I Think This Has Been A Tragic Week, But I Am Glad... Sep 15th. at 1:40:24 am UTC

Owl (Fountainville, Pennsylvania US) Age: 32


I think this has been a tragic week, but I am glad to see our community rallying to the support of our nation. Many people have died and it is likely that many more will die before this is over. We should do something now to honor the dead and pray to the Goddess and her consort the Horned God for the safety of our nation. I would hope that the Pagan Community nationwide could come together this Samhain to honor our nations dead and pray for the protection of our nation in the coming year. I know we have tried this before with mixed results but maybe inlight of the situation we could do something that sends a message to the world that we love this country and are here for her in this dark hour.
Blessed be,
Owl


I Am From Rochester In Upstate Ny, And I Would Just Like... Sep 15th. at 1:32:46 am UTC

Mizarmerak (Honeoye, New York US) Age: 26 - Email


I am from Rochester in upstate NY, and I would just like to say,
that the support in this area is astonishing!!! We have sent members of
our State Troopers troop, local ambulance and EMS crews, as well as
psychologists and councelors, and red cross and salvation army to NYC.
Red Cross sites here in Rochester, the day of the devistation, had to turn
people away, and ask them to come back later, because they simply couldn't
handle the volume of donators!! That is awesome! Also, as much of the media
is trying to stress, it is important to remember that the people responsible
for this tragedy, are a small group, NOT AN ENTIRE RACE!! So lets not vent
our anger against our own. The Queen Mother of England made an excellent comment today when she was quoted as saying "...we are ALL Americans..."
Lets stay positive, and keep those candles and incense burning! Blessed Be!
Remember, though at times like these it is difficult, the law of 3. So keep
your magic clean, stay positive, stay focused, and help out anyway that you
can. ---Mizarmerak
WE MAY BE DOWN, BUT WE MOST DEFENITELY ARE NOT OUT!!


Before The Gods, I Light Three Candles.i Light A Red Candle... Sep 15th. at 1:18:15 am UTC

Karl Lembke (Montrose, California US) Age: 40 - Email


Before the Gods, I light three candles.

I light a red candle, for fury. Let my rage be focused where it may do the most good for me and mine, and the most damage to our enemies. May the red of their blood run across the ground. May the Lord of the Hunt chase them down and devour them.

I light a blue candle, for peace. May the innocent victims of hatred be comforted, and may the friends of me and mine be protected. May they find peace in the arms of the Lady.

I light a white candle, for wisdom. Let my rage, and my comfort, be directed to the deserving. To those who deserve cruelty, let the red flame burn hot and fierce. To those who deserve mercy, let the light of the Lady wash away their pain.

In the light of the white flame, I ask not that the Gods take my side; I ask that They guide me to Theirs.

So mote it be.


Greetings And Merry Meet, I Have Posted Once Before, But Some Thoughts... Sep 15th. at 12:53:26 am UTC

SparrowHawk (Washington State, Washington US) Age: 22 - Email


Greetings and Merry Meet,

I have posted once before, but some thoughts and feelings still knaw at my heart.

Within our own camps we should not judge and label another. Some people feel that anger and paying back blood with blood...violence perpetuates more violence...more innocent lives are lost, and families who had nothing to do with the attacks on the World Trade Towers are left to grieve as we do now.

Is there something wrong with this picture when we are willing to punish innocent men, women, and children who donnot beleive as these few terroists do? I beleive in the old adage that it is "easier to hate than it is to love." Hate is a feeling that only embitters, and it drains, and it feeds on anger.

What is more sad than anything else besides the victims of this terrorist act to perpetuate the same crime against others? All in the name of vengeance? Even people within our country those who are of Arab/Islam/Muslim descent are innocent people, and I would protect their rights to be here just as the rest of us are. It is time for unification and healing...I have lost friends and possibly family within this tragic event and I greatly grieve...I feel pity to whomever could do this to another human...no matter which Faith or walk of life they come from.

Perhaps these people cannot help to beleive as they do...especially the children dancing in the streets laughing and celebrating from the fall of the towers...I pity them for they have been brainwashed and taught the way they do to be the next generation of haters, but maybe they will see humanity and life exists on all sides. Otherwise, it is the five percent of these mentalities that give their Faith and Culture at large a bad name and a bad face to the many oppressed that cannot show their faces. Such is the outcry in Afghanistan. I pray multitudes *majority* of innocents in that country to be protected.

And us "Fluffy Bunnies" have learned that there is too much evil and darkness in this world. Those who strive towards this aspect of life in the realms of Light and Love are unfairly labelled. I feel that such a seemingly "innocent" term as this is so judgemental...Who are those to label us as fluffy bunny Pagans? Perhaps if you would think for but a moment why people do so, it might be because we come from abused backgrounds, are victims of war, poverty, etc. Such as the travesties that do exist within this world.

I greatly know the dark aspects of myself and this life...and this world at large, but only by light can the rifts of darkness be redressed with healing and love...which is stronger than any hate or vice...Mother Theresa, Ghandi, The Buddha, and many other figures knew this...that the heart can be turned into a shield, that our love can be our swords to fight against those who would hate and terrorize us and serve us to the realms of destruction.

This is where we are at now...there is finally overwhelming unity and love from all around the world redressing the balance of light and darkness *dark many times does not necessarily mean evil, or malevolent*

I pray the Goddess and Great Spirit upon the Path I Walk, protect and heal everyone who is innocent throughout the world. I pray the Goddess and Great Spirit in Their Infinite Power, Wisdom, and Love to offer all those who would terrorize humanity; lend them hearts for which evils they do and atrocities they commit so that they will know the chaos deep within that they have caused.

I pray that all those who have been affected with the Tragedy, those who have died, been injured, and who have lost loved ones...I pray the Goddess and Her Lord offer ye strength, healing, support, unity, charity, love, light, and much reinforcement to life through all this horrific happening.

I pray all those who are persecuting innocent people within this nation with their own forms of oppression and terrorism to have a heart as well and be unified against the real threats, as not to repeat the concentration camps of the Japanese in WWII or the persecution against those who were of German descent. I pray they find their misguided anger to those who did not perpetuate these attacks, nor those that who donnot condone these evil actions be punished for things they did not commit.

I pray again the Goddess and Her Lord watch over and protect our nation and the people who are being attacked, that they may feel the safety and rights granted to everyone in this nation, and that the diversity of the people within our hallowed borders is what makes our nation in truth the wonderful nation it is.

I pray that all those who are guilty are caught and brought to justice for the crimes they have perpetrated on democracy, and humanity at large. For no acts of terror should be brought upon defenseless and innocent people.

Oh Goddess and Great Spirit; Creators and Spinners of Light and Life.......May Your Ultimate Divinity, Love, Light, Strength, Healing, and Unity preserve us and make us whole...For this I pray.

Brightest of Blessings In Perfect Love and Perfect Trust,

Green Witch of Avalon,

SparrowHawk


I Am A Pagan, A Father Of Draft Aged Children And A... Sep 15th. at 12:30:39 am UTC

mountaingal (Lander, Wyoming US) Age: 41


I am a pagan, a father of draft aged children and a member of the armed forces. I am sorry that my children have been cast into a war, but that is the nature of life- good things don't always happen.

I remember that in our pantheons we have goddesses and gods of war: Freyja, Tyr, Mars, Athena etc. Warfare is one of the unfortunate conditions of our species. Most of us in the United States have been lucky enough to never place their statues on our altars. But now is the time to consider it.

This new enemy is smart, ruthless and has misjudged us. We are the same nation that suffered over 620, 000 dead in our Civil War, we are the nation that worked with our allies to crush the menance of totalitarianism- Japan and Germany belived we were weak. We are the nation that gave the world the gift of the ideas of a "national park", of protecting endangered species, of the Bill of Rights; and we are the nation that will crush our opponents lives, economies, hopes and dreams. But we are also the nation that is munificent to our former enemies, pouring treasure and lives to assist them afterwards to help grow a society that turns its back on aggressive war and terror.

Now is the time for the war pantheon. Our goddesses and gods most times ask us to grow and build, to cherish and assist life. The warrior pantheon looks at us with the cold unblinking eyes of the cobra, the wolf and the tiger. They too ask of our best; however in this time they ask us to fight, and if need be die, for our families, people and home. The crone is not just about wisdom, she is also about death. The god is not just the stag, he is also the wolf who devours the stag.

In the near future we may well suffer many more dead. We will destroy the hopes and lives of countless others. But we must fight not with the red eye of hatred, but with the dark unblinking eye of a predator. It is not enough to kill the person with the bomb; we will need to destroy those who house, feed, train, give water and cheer them on. At the same time we must show the rewards for those who choose not to support those you wish us harm. We must have a new Marshall Plan so those who despair can see life, a future for their children and a way ahead. The combination of a percieved violent end and a better way will enable them to reject the terrorist and to say: "Your presence will only bring pain to me, my children, my people- leave now!"

We are the only modern nation to have fought a great Civil War and have remained a country far after its conclusion. It was because our war leaders- Lincoln, Grant and Sherman saw and met the challenge. Lincoln held together a fractious homefront, provided the noble cause and goal of a united peace; Grant fought the Union Army's strength against the confederate army's weakness and destroyed it's will to fight; Sherman destroyed the south's ability to feed and arm the soldiers and demoralized the civilians and the soldiers who worried about home. All three offered generous terms and no reprisal. After surrender, we were all citizens again.

May the current administration reject the divisive calls of Falwell and Robertson; we must be one grand quilt of people. May the administration not just seek to punish those who would do us harm; they must include in the war aims the conditions that will not promote a new generation of Osama bin Ladens. May the administration not grow cheap in victory; the western way of war is destructive and the cost of the Marshall Plan is still much cheaper than having to fight again.

If our faiths are well rounded and developed they provide answers not just for the bright days of our lives, for the death of the old in bed surrounded by loved ones, for the joy of young life. Our faiths must answer the darker questions of dealing with those who would do our loved ones harm, of the pain of violent death and loss. The war patheon is ancient and universal. Now their place belongs on our altars, not in place of the rest of our pantheon, but in addition to it. And hopefully soon we can remove the war pantheons' statues and put them away to gather dust in a closet and to shudder when we encounter them while hanging our robes up. The war pantheon demands much of us; but we are up to the challenge to be an implacable foe and a generous victor.

We are not perfect as people, or as a nation. We have much to do to in order to meet the ideals of our Constitution. Let us also dedicate this time to working on being better as a person and as a citizen. I am working on this, and I hope those who I value and my community will have better lives because of my efforts.

Blessed Be,


Brightest Blessing In The Darkest Of Times. Where Is The Lesson The... Sep 15th. at 12:15:27 am UTC

Ceridwen (Hattiesburg, Mississippi US) Age: 37


Brightest Blessing in the Darkest of times. Where is the lesson the Goddess has set before us, I wonder. I think all of us wish we might awake to find this only a nightmare and that everything is the same as it was before. No more. So we place one foot in front of the other and try to return to some semblance of our normal lives. I think we all on some level resist this transmutation of our national soul, the comfort we seemed to have. I find myself seeking routine to dull the pain I feel.We react to the moment with anger, sadness and a sense of perhaps powerlessness. All we can do is open ourselves to the lesson. One thing becomes another in the Mother.What shall we make this moment become? Will I give myself over to the rage and desolation? Will I strive to open my self in defiance of the fear and doubt that seems to have dimmed the light? This I do know: As within, so without. What I find the strength to choose defines me as my Mother's Daughter...how shall I honor Her?
Goddess, grant us all the insight and wisdom to choose wisely and well for ourselves and this Earth we serve in Your Name.


My Thoughts Go Out To All During This Time Of Great Sorrow... Sep 15th. at 12:12:09 am UTC

Silver Moon (Maple Valley, Washington US) Age: 25 - Email


My thoughts go out to all during this time of great sorrow. I am many miles from where the terrorists attacks were located and yet at the same time i feel so close. I send my energy to those still trapped in the rubble and those in hospital beds. My thoughts drift to all those families that have been ripped to shreds.

The terrorists acts said nothing. Only that they were heartless to effect so many people with tragedy.

It is my hope that our country pulls together to help one another. and that we do not blame those americans with similar ethnicity and religious beliefs as if they are a terrorists. it is my hope that the country will not react to this violence with more violence. the terrorists should be punched, but not at the cost of more innocent lives.

Love will make it easier to go on. We must remember that when our hearts go from sorrow to amger. help one another to heal and send your thoughts and energy to those who need it most. We will grow stronger and we shall remain united!


It Has Taken A Few Days For Me To Post My Feelings... Sep 15th. at 12:11:56 am UTC

Lynn Salisbury (Kyriea) (Brooklyn Park, Minnesota US) Age: 0 - Email


It has taken a few days for me to post my feelings on the events of this last week. Part of it is because I was still in the dis-believing mode. How can this be happening on American soil and in this day and age? What have we come to in this world that life is thought of as just a commodity, a casualty, a number?

Well, my life was put into perspective quite quickly on Wednesday. I am 7 1/2 months pregnant. Due late November. I was picking up my 9 year old from daycare at around 5pm and to make a long explaination short was in a very serious car accident. All 3 of us are fine, me, daughter and unborn child.

Thank the Goddess.

The last few days for us have been recoup and recover. But one thing that I was having a problem coping with about Tuesday was even though I know the universe has it's reasons for everything, what was the purpose of Tuesday's horrendous tragedy? What could the lives of thousands taken in such a horrible way possibly mean in the greater scheme of things? Why do some have to die in such a way to make the universe balance?

Wednesday's events in my life didn't give me the reason for the greatest tragedy man has ever inflicted on another but it did give me my solid faith back.

Events have a reason. We may never know fully what the reason is, or understand it if we knew, but in the greater scheme of the universe this makes sense. Don't ask me how, I do not know, but I have the faith that it will work out.

Faith manages.

Those who have caused such a devistating blow to humanity WILL be held accountable. I have faith in that. It will not be at my hand. It may be that the hand of the world will work that magick. Maybe it will be something that we as humans on this planet never do or see. But they WILL be held accountable.

Maybe this is the begining of a unified world where peace, harmony, love and acceptance becomes the norm. Look at the unity it has started! It may be small and in a few months all but forgotten but the proof is there that it CAN happen. It is a start. Should thousands more have to die for that to happen? Goddess I hope not! But if world unity and a start to world peace does come from this greatest of tragedies then the lives of those lost will not be in vain. Hopefully the leaders of the world will see it that way, even if to a small degree. To me that would be the greatest legacy that those who died in this horrible display of arrogance and selfishness could leave us and the children of the future.

A world at peace.

Tuesday I realized how easy life could be taken and Wednesday I realized first hand how easily life could be spared. I will be bringing a new life into the world very shortly and maybe, just maybe, this world will be a better place for him/her. I can only hope and pray that Tuesday becomes a start of something very great and profound. That life here on Earth will start to be treated on all levels how it should be, with reverence and love. And I will be sure to pass on to my children the signifigance of Sept 11, 2001. That on that day many innocent people lost their lives in a very tragic way, but it hopefully will usher in a new age of man. A better age of man. An enlightened age of man.

Hopefully the lives lost will not be forgotten, lest we are doomed over and over again to live the same mistakes until we have no one left to make them. This, I believe is our turning point. Our great fork in the road. Our huge chance to wake up and realize that on one side of the road we have the same old self distructing lifestyles of hate and intolerance but on the other side we have love, tolerance, peace and harmony.

This is our chance. It may be our last one. Let's not forget the fallen. Let's make their sacrifice of this lifetime worth the true sacrifice it is.

To all those in this world I bless you with the love of the Goddess and God. I bless you with whatever God(s) you pray to and for those who do not believe in a God I bless you with life and good health. Please take the time to turn to a loved one and say I LOVE YOU. Turn to an enemy and say I FORGIVE YOU. Call a friend you haven't spoken to in a while and just say hi. Smell the flowers. Enjoy the rain. Hug your children and slow down a bit. Enjoy the drive. Take the time in stop and go rush hour traffic to contimplate life. Don't be in such a hurry to get where you are going. Time is precious and even though the universe has all the time in the world, you don't in this lifetime. Nor do those you know. You can't take money and possessions with you when you go but you can leave those you love a bit of you and your time. It is worth more than gold. Patch up a friendship gone bad. Smile at a stranger. Help someone in need. They may be catch phrases quoted many times over in many different ways but they wouldn't be quoted so many times if they didn't have a ring of truth. Be good to each other.

I think I have made a point in all my ramblings here tonight. I know I am thankful for all the precious gifts I have. My daughter, my unborn child, a great and loving boyfriend, family and friends who love me and support me. And even strangers like yourself who take the time to listen to me.

Blessings love and peace to you all now and forever.


I Want To Say That My Prayers Are With All Those Who... Sep 15th. at 12:10:37 am UTC

Jessica (tacoma, Washington US) Age: 18 - Email


I want to say that my prayers are with all those who and to be in this whole thing. and i also want to say my prayer are also to the children who have lost their parants do to some one eles actions.


Greetings To Witchvox. Just A Few Thoughts On What The World Has... Sep 14th. at 11:52:09 pm UTC

Robbi Schaffner (Pleasantville, Pennsylvania US) Age: 42 - Email


Greetings to Witchvox. Just a few thoughts on what the world has been through this week.
There have been so many images indelibly etched in peoples minds, a cloud of smoke pouring from an American dream, pictures of those who are missing or gone, clutched in the hands of frantic families, whose lives were forever changed in a twenty minute span of time. To say that the world, not just the United States will remember is the height of understatement. We will remember, far beyond anything that any one of us will say or do, so this, is for my own peace, my way of grieving I suppose for the pain of a nation. Our lost innocence, and our torn dreams.
I also come with a plea.
We've been shaken to our core, been touched by hatred such as most of us cannot imagine the depths of, dealt by someone who does not know us.
Please please, don't permit that hatred to become a contagion.
Those who are of Arab descent, of Muslim faith, were in most cases born here, or immigrated here because they love the country, love the people, and for the most part, love the life they lead here.
In the name of whatever God or Goddess holds your hearts, permit them peace and light in their own land.
Wiccans understand hatred and condemnation, we know pain.
When I embraced my Goddess, and held my first circle, I was excited, thrilled to the core to be a part of the Earth, and the universe around me.
My life partner, who is Christian, turned away, told me in a voice that dripped with ice, that he was leaving, and would return when I was finished, since this was not his idea of a faith.
I understand pain, because of faith.
I understand it enough to never permit it to touch those around me, to see them feel pain I've felt, or cry tears I've had to cry.
Muslims, no matter their race, are entitled to their faith.
It is our duty to permit, defend and encourage that freedom
Freedom of religion means freedom for ALL religions.
Those we practice, and those we do not practice.
There is evil around us, but it is not in a race, or a faith. It is in a man or woman, in an act or a deed, which is not confined to a path or country.
I offer my support, and that of Wintergrove to those Arabs and Muslims who are American by birth or choice. I offer a hand in friendship, and a belief in the goodness inherent in the American people that they will do the same.
It is not Muslim, or Arab, or Iraqian that we should decry.
It is evil, bigotry, and hatred on all avenues.
Remember this please, and print it as indelibly in your minds as the images of the towers burning.
Harsh words, words of predjudice, whether from African to Caucasian, American to Arabian, Christian to Wiccan, Druid to Muslim, or one Wiccan tradition to the solitary, is ALL bigotry..
It is always wrong, and it is ALWAYS ugly.

In service to the light.


Personal Statement From The Wns News Director:the Westwicke Center, Los Angeles... Sep 14th. at 11:48:38 pm UTC

Rev. J. Howard, H.P./ News Director of The Westwicke Center (Los Angeles, California US) Age: 50 - Email


Personal Statement from the WNS News Director:
The Westwicke Center, Los Angeles, CA. USA
(http://www.angelfire.com/home/WestwickeGrove)

Greetings Fellow Americans, and Hello to Our Friends from Around the World.

The Staff of The Westwicke Center and WNS News Service extend our Thoughts and Prayers to the Victims of Tuesday's Tragedy and to their Families, Friends and Co-Workers.

We also extend our Thoughts, Prayers, Gratitiude and Support to the Rescue and Relief Personnel and Volunteers, to Our Men and Women in the Armed Forces, to Our Leaders in Washington and to the Leaders and People of the World who have come to our aid and support. We thank you all.

It is with a heavy heart that I write these words. Dark Times have befallen Our Great Nation. Unimaginable, horrific events have occured. Violence and Catastrophe greater than this Nation has ever seen has been visited upon us. The Terrorists have struck not only physical targets, but they have struck against the very soul of our People. These acts of war against the United States and our People were designed to crumble our society, to extinguish our Light of Freedom, and to throw us into chaos. But those Terrorist Organizations who perpetrated this Vile, Cowardly Attack and the Monsters who support them have utterly and miserably Failed in their attempt.

In response to this heinous act of war, I have witnessed the people of New York City, Washington D.C., and the Nation band together in an unprecedented way. I have seen people of all races, creeds and colors working side by side digging non-stop for survivors of the disaster. I have seen relief workers and volunteers from every walk of life doing what they can for the survivors and their families, I have seen bravery and self-sacrifice beyond belief. Neighborhoods, Towns and Cities across America (and even the World) rallying support of donations of blood, money, manpower and supplies for the relief effort. Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists. Pagans and people of myriad other Faiths united in Candlelight Peace Vigils and Memorials. Men, Women, Children, Old and Young, Straight, Gay and Bisexual, Friends and former Foes united in a Common Front of Solidarity. Truly, my Friends, the Symbols of Peace, Freedom and Democracy still stand, and the Light of Truth, Justice and Freedom will forever shine strong amongst our People.

As for those of you who are rallying hate and prejudice within our Nation, we implore you to STOP! You know who you are, and I am not going to stoop to your level by naming names, but you should be ashamed of yourself !! People need Unity and Leadership, not hate-mongering. This is not a time to be divided. For even the Christian Bible states, "A House Divided against itself cannot stand". This is a rare opportunity for us to move forward and get beyond our petty grievances and disagreements for the common good of Our Fellow Americans and the Entire World. We do not need another "witch-hunt". We need to be focusing on what we can do to help. We need to be sending our Prayers and energy to the Leaders of this Great Nation, so they may be wise and just in their decision making. And we, as Americans must unite against this foe of International Terrorism and call for its' Eradication. For Terrorism is a Cancer to the World, and it Must be utterly Cut Out and Disposed of, otherwise - the Terrorists will have achieved their goal. "Divide and Conquer" is their motto, and that is what they are trying to do to us. We must not let this happen.

To those of you visiting The Westwicke Center website, I apologize for the incompleteness and disarray. We were not scheduled to launch until next month and we are still currently under construction. We are a small website run by a small group of individuals - mostly volunteers. The Westwicke Center is a Pagan Organization dedicated to Education, Public-Awareness, Spiritual Study and Practice. Even though we are Pagan, we respect all other faiths and creeds as long as they harm none, and all are Welcome Here at our website.

Due to the recent events our WNS Newsroom has gained priority status, however, we are operating on a skeleton crew. Most of our volunteers are with their families during this time. We are currently monitoring hundreds of news feeds from around the Globe 24 hours a day. Some of us haven't slept for days, some of us have been living on coffee. I will endeavor to keep the news pages as current as possible, but I need some sleep too.

Currently The Westwicke Center has established a National Emergency Information & Resources Center webpage designed to be a clearinghouse for all pertinent contact information and relief efforts information. We are also monitoring news events and posting relevant news stories, bulletins, updates and alerts in the WNS News Service Site.
We are also seeking your news stories...so if you were there when it happened, please submit your news story to us.

In addition to the news-related items, we are responding to the need for people to express their feelings and thoughts by providing Discussion Forums, Message Boards, Polls, and a Memorial for the Innocent Victims of this Tragedy.

We at The Westwicke Center and WNS News pledge our full support and facilities to the efforts of the Rescue and Relief workers, our Nation's Leaders in Washington, our Armed Forces and we are willing to aid in the hunt for those responsible for this Mass Murder of our fellow Americans. We are a small organization, but we will do what we can to be of service.

We encourage members of the Pagan community to continue in their vigils of peace, and to continue the outpouring of love, compassion and sympathy for the victims and their families. Let us all work together to build a brighter and safer tomorrow for America and the World.

________________________________________________________________________________

I have spent nearly half my life as a Pagan Warrior and Guardian. I am a Gay man and I Love my Life-Partner with all my heart, but I am also a proud Father and Grandfather. I currently serve as News Director for WNS News Service of The Westwicke Center and I am a Wiccan High Priest of 20 years and a Reverend of the Universal Life Church.

But most of all....I am a Proud American!

May America Be Blessed.

With Love and Light during a time of darkness,

Sincerely,
Rev. James Howard, H.P.
WNS News Director

The Westwicke Center
Los Angeles, CA. USA
14 Sept. 2001

Web Addresses:

The Westwicke Center -
http://www.angelfire.com/home/WestwickeGrove (Soon to be Westwicke.org)

Emergency Information & Resources Center - http://www.angelfire.com/home/WestwickeGrove/ECP.html

WNS News Service -
http://www.angelfire.com/home/WestwickeGrove/WNS.html


My Condolences To Those Of You In The United States, I Hope... Sep 14th. at 11:38:35 pm UTC

Aeryn (Tempest Creek, The Northern Territory AU) Age: 20


My condolences to those of you in the United States, I hope your family and friends are safe. My perception from here is that the US public is baying for blood and that there will be a severe retaliation. But I hope cool heads prevail. The perpetrators should be punished but don't get sucked in by media propaganda. To escape the cycle of violence the US needs to look closely at it's foreign policy in the Middle East, so they can understand why there is such hatred. The coin is never one-sided.

"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he
does not become a monster. For when you look into an abyss, the abyss
also looks into you." -- Nietzsche


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