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Article ID: 10050
Age Group: Adult
Posted: August 14th. 2005
Dogs and the Environment
by Kerr Cuhulain
I just got back from teaching at Green Spirit 2005 gathering at Circle Nature Sanctuary. One of the best things about this trip is the 240 acre nature sanctuary itself. Selena Fox and the Circle staff have restored prairies and maintained a habitat that teams with wildlife. Non one having visited this site could question their commitment to the environment.
A few days later I got a note from Wiccan author Edain McCoy. Edain had been doing work for Indiana Sheltie Rescue, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. Edain informed me that on 4 August 2005 Indiana Sheltie Rescue had pressured her to remove all references to her volunteer work with that organization from her web site. Apparently some members of ISR had found Edain's web site and thus had discovered that she was Wiccan. Edain was told that two of ISR's "foster homes" had returned dogs based on their misunderstanding of Edain's spirituality. At first I was amazed that an organization that professes to care for dogs should demonstrate such a lack of regard and understanding for fellow humans. Then I remembered all of the environmental references that I'd come across in my investigations of anti-Pagan activity.
Early in my police career I was a volunteer inspector for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a rescue person for Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Service. No one in those organizations ever questioned my commitment or service. Many of my Pagan friends, fellow Pagan authors and fellow Officers of Avalon members are involved in animal rescue work and support environmental causes. One of the cornerstones of spiritual paths such as ours is respect for life and the environment.
You'd think that such commitment would win us support from members of other spiritual paths. Certainly Christians have noticed the environmental concerns of Neo-Pagans. For example, Texas writer William G. Wells, in the September/October 2003 Issue of OnMission.com E-zine, comments on "Nature Worship" in his article Wicca: A Caution To Christian Parents... And A Challenge: "Wiccans revere nature... It is common to find witches that are animal rights activists, vegetarians or environmentalists." Wells tells us that Wiccans "have created an affinity link with ancient druidism and other nature-centric pagan movements. They are concerned with the changing seasons and the cycles of the moon. They are looking for harmony with nature rather than dominion over it. "
Yet there are those committed to fundamentalist Christian paths who interpret our interest in the environment as a symptom of Satanism. Let's look at a few examples from people and organizations that I've written about earlier in my Witch Hunts series:
The Demonbusters web site tells us that "The environment is used as a weapon through weather wars and controlled earthquakes. Some of it appears to be present as a deliberate weapon aimed at political change. It is not necessary to comment at length on the magnitude of the LSD drugging program and its mystical retooling of the American psyche in the 1960's."
- In the first chapter of Wicca: Satan's Little White Lie, author Bill Schnoebelen lists "ecology, environmental awareness and feminism" as inventions of Satan.
- The Contender Ministries web site tells us that "The pagan will argue that we shouldn't impose our beliefs on them. They will also say that we shouldn't harm the environment. But, if I'm an atheist and believe the Earth is just a rock, I should then be able to do anything I want to the environment."
Christian writer Michael Haverluck tells us that "Those objecting to classroom reading or teaching of the cleverly written and disarming stories are often dubbed as overbearing and uncompromising Christian killjoys. After all, most witches don't appear evil and seem to just focus on the environment, but little do people realize that the core of Harry Potter is an abomination to God, according to the Bible." This is followed by the usual quote from Deuteronomy 18.
- In his article "A Pastoral Intelligence Briefing On Wicca and the Occult" in the Didaskalos Ministries web site Mike Ramey tells us that "leading witchcraft practitioners already have a grounding in ritual, worship styles and practices - but have made the choice to 'get involved' with this religious system for money, power, prestige, concern for the environment, expansion of feminism, or a number of other reasons."
- Evangelist Eric Barger tells us that "The Wiccan religion does not believe in the Devil or Satan. They believe in five elementals, which are the false gods of forces. The five elementals are earth, wind, fire, water, and spirits. Witches do not claim to be Devil worshippers. Witches do not believe the Bible is true so they will not accept a character from the Bible to worship. Many witches will hide behind environmentalism as a cover-up for the worship of Gaia, the goddess called 'Mother Earth.'"
Of course these people believe that any day now the earth will go up in apocalyptic flames. Why take care of the environment if you think that the world is going up in smoke soon? This short sighted view encourages people to abuse the environment.
- Pastor Cohen Reckart Jesus Messiah Fellowship tells his followers that he has "met people who say they have been at Wicca rituals where there were human sacrifices. It was told to me by an ex-witch from Orlando, Florida that in Wicca, everyone believes in reincarnation and are largely environmentalist and head up those groups all across America and the world. Believing in reincarnation they have no mental reservation to offer human sacrifices as the members of the Coven think they are rewarding the victim for bad karma and these will be reincarnated again. So, it is not like those sacrificed will not get a second or perhaps more chances to be saved or reach nirvanna."
- Berit Kjos on her Kjos Ministries web site tells us that "The meaning and implication of witch and witchcraft has changed with the centuries. To many, it still means an old crone with molds and straggly hair casting evil spells on children and silhouetted in front of a full moon on her broomstick. But a more realistic image shows feminist or environmental activists (men or women) who seek wisdom and self empowerment from a contemporary blend of the world's earth-centered religions..."
I would argue that the "foster homes" that returned these dogs to Indiana Sheltie Rescue demonstrated a lack of compassion and ignorance that should not be associated with animal rescue and enviromental causes. Instead of recognizing this and supporting Edain, Indiana Sheltie Rescue dumped the Pagan animal lover in order to humor hate mongers. Edain should not have been punished for their stupidity. Edain is a highly respected member of the Wiccan community and ISR could have gotten excellent exposure for their organization on her web site. Their actions reversed this and cast their organization in a bad light.
 Schnoebelen, Bill. (1990). Wicca: Satan's Little White Lie, Chick Publications, Chino, CA, pg 19.
 "Mass Control: Engineering Human Consciousness" http://www.demonbuster.com/zman4?5.html
 Halloween: This Trick is No Treat! 1999 with David Benoit
 Michael Haverluck, The SUN, 545 5th St., PO Box 259, Bremerton, WA 98337,
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