Wiccans, Witch Wars and The General Public|
Posted: January 19th. 1998
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There are many ways that these "Witch Wars" damage us as a community, and one that I have personal knowledge is how we are viewed by the general public, when they see these wars take place.
First allow me to say - that if you decide that you have to vent about a person, tradition, or group, take a look at who is around. I am in no way condoning any such activity, but if we choose to speak than let us be responsible about it.
Imagine if you will, you are a Christian and you hear two of the Wiccan faith going at, they are fighting one another over petty differences. They may even go so far as to call each other a choice name or two. Or perhaps you overhear a conversation that consists of one group speak ill of another (i.e... "that's not a real tradition, they just play Wicca"). You walk away from that situation and what impression are you left with.
I have been in the Gay community for several years, and the one thing I do know, is that what we refer to being "Bitchy" has hurt us. When a minority starts in fighting it allows the majority to think:
"If this is the way they treat each other, than what I say about them is ok" yes, the rational stinks, but I have seen it time and time again. When one group treats itself badly, other groups will tend to follow their example and treat them as they treat themselves.
Why is this so important? We are attempting to get the general public to become more educated on who we are and what we do. Asking them to forget the myths and stereotypes, yet we portray ourselves as not being all that great when we war with one another. So it becomes more and more difficult for the general public to take us seriously and become more educated about our beliefs and what we do.
"An ye harm none" Be aware that what you say, can be and often is overheard, and this can be very harmful to ourselves and our community as a whole. We must first be accepting within our own community before we can expect others to accept us for who we are. "Blessed be thy mouth, for it shall utter the mysteries of the Goddess"
Let us not forget the words of the "Charge of the Goddess": "If that which you seek is not found within, it shall never be found without" Look into yourself, and what you are doing and be at peace, than can we be at peace with what others choose to do and believe.
May the love of the Lord and Lady guide your heart and words, always.
Rev. Chas. McAvoy
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