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A Letter To My Daughter

A PumkinHead in the White House

A Real Bad Day For Witchcraft

A Real Reason To Vote

A Time for War, a Time for Peace and a Time to Browse the Bookstore

A Wonderful Piece of News

The Aftermath of Columbine High School

Beating A Not-So-Hasty Retreat

Behind Enemy Lines

Breakfast Will Be Served In Fifteen Minutes...

Building a Circle of Trust

But What Will People Think?

By Their Furniture, Ye Shall Know Them

Caution: Restricted Area

Cleaning Out The Junk Drawer

Community Power Who Holds it?

Community Thoughts on Tempest Smith

Compelling without the Yelling

Confessions of a News Junkie

The Consistancy of Change...

Control-F

Coping with Grief

Cramming It Down Our Throats...

Damned if you do and Damned if you don't

Declaring Your Personal Independence Day

Did Your World Change Too?

Dreaming in The Dark...

There is No Zuul

There's a Rabbit In The Moon...

Excavating the Dinosaur Altar

Fair Use, Copyright and the Pagan Net

Feeding Our Young

The First Day

Gather 'Round The Fire

Getting Back To Nature

Getting Back To Normal

Getting Rid of What Bugs You

Gifts That Keep On Giving...

The Giving Circle

Gods In A China Shop...

Good And Evil: In The Shadow Of Littleton And The Garden Of The Gods.

Good Will Toward Men

The Great Hamster Myth

Happy Beltaine!

Happy Brigid's Day Everyone!

The Heart of A Mechanic

Helping Hands

Helping Our Own

Hidden Hatred Haunts Pagans

Home is Where the Spirit Is

Homosexuality and Public Policy

The Household of Priests and Priestesses

If The Hissy Fits

In A Mirror Darkly...

In Your Dreams

The Internet Reaches beyond Washington

It All Happens Locally

It Is Your Destiny

It's Maypole Week 'Round the World

It's Tribal Time!

January Arrives Wearing A White Coat

Judging Amy -- Wren's Thoughts

Killed a Goat Today

Knot Charming

Learning How To Fly

Life With Mikey

Listening To The Story

Listening To The Woods

Living In A Banana Republic

Living Through A Drought

Logging On and Speaking Out!

The Long and Short Of It

The Love of Ordinary Things

Mabon... a Man for all Seasons

Magick's Arrow

Mamas, Don't let your Babies...

The Media Story Is Often Not The True One

Mercury Has Left the Building

Minding Your News P's and Q's

Mixed Blessings


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Wren's Bird Call 10

Author: Wren
Posted: October 2nd. 2000
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Wren's Bird Call of The Week came to mind right after I fed the birds and squirrels this morning. As I watched from my balcony the feeding frenzy that always ensues after I scatter the sunflower seeds and peanuts under the willow tree, I heard the familiar cry of the blue jays. "Thief! Thief! Thief!" they accusingly scold at the other critters who are just minding their own breakfast business. Now if you know anything about blue jay behavior, it is they who are the thieves-they who swoop down and snatch up as many seeds as their craw can handle and then follow the squirrels to see where they hide their peanuts for later raiding party forays.

I began to wonder just why the cries of "Thief" had so caught my attention this particular morning. And then I realized that the blue jays have their human counterparts in the religious realms and I had just read one or two of those sites where they have built an artificial habitat. Who are these human blue jays? They are those extremist and (unfortunately for a great religion) usually Christian zealots who dedicate themselves to spreading falsehoods about Pagans. They do more than tsk tsk at Pagan beliefs. They call us demons, murderers and every kind of evil being. Why? Let's not mince words like worms here. They say these things because these people are liars.

There are no other religious people that are subjected to such virulent and outright slander as Pagans are. There are people who are not content to simply say that they do not understand or agree with Pagan beliefs like they seem to be content to do with other religions. Nope, from the baby sacrifice stories to the unholy demonic alliance conspiracies, Pagans are convicted by spectral evidence alone. The word of someone who simply says that he or she was once "in the Craft" or a "High Priest of the No-One-In-The-Pagan-Community-Has-Ever-Heard-of-You Coven" and who then goes on and on (maybe even writes a book) about the horrible crimes that they saw Pagans involved in and -before they saw the light, of course- participated in themselves are accepted as true with no real evidence at all. Ever notice that these liar-guys-and-gals are never low on the hierarchical totem pole themselves in these lurid stories? That should tell you something about their need to be in the spotlight... and isn't, Mr. Pacino, vanity still a sin? Just like lying?

These 'thieves' steal the truth. But more than that, they steal love, tolerance and compassion from the hearts of other Christians. They turn those who drink up these stories into paranoid 'lovers of lies' and the more sensational the lie, the more these listeners perk up their ears "the better to hear you with, my dear". They become that which they fear the most. Their own doctrine declares that those who love lies more than the truth shall have their share of some fiery nasty pit. Liars follow that guy in the red pajamas. Oops! How embarrassing for them, I'm sure! Not such a 'little white lie' after all, eh guys?

So again this year when we see the anti-Halloween letters in the papers -which by the way is NOT our Holiday, but just another ancient act of blue jay Christian thievery!- let us remind them that the truth about Pagan beliefs is out there. No evidence of any of these lurid anti-Pagan stories being true exists because these things just never happened, these people were never the "High Priest' of anything except their own crazed need for attention and Pagans are simply not going to cringe over this crap any more. Not true. Never happened. End of story.

In fact, the next time that these guys hear a blue jay call, "Thief! Thief! Thief!" maybe they should pay close attention. I think Someone up there is trying to tell them something.






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