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On Preconceived Pagan/Wiccan Political Affiliations

Author: Douglas Helvie
Posted: July 2nd. 2017
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Hello, Folks, my name is Douglas Helvie and I have a bit of a bone to pick with the Pagan community. For years as Lord High Priest/3rd degree in the Wicca faith, I have been a serious activist. That is, an activist for Wicca. Although it may not be known publicly, I have fought my own battles for the Wicca faith while serving twenty years in the U.S. Navy from 1977-1998. I discovered the Wicca faith in 1987, and by 1990 had become initiated into my first tradition of Welsh based Witchcraft.

Over the years however I have noticed a disheartening trend in the community. And that trend is what I refer to as political assumption. What I mean is that what seems like a large degree of practitioners of the Wicca faith and other similar earth based religious belief systems automatically pigeon hole everyone else in the faith as being politically a democrat or of some other left leaning ideology. Many attacks have been directed at me over the years for my right leaning political beliefs by many people who know me very little or not at all. Well, I actually do lean politically right; however, I consider myself a right leaning Independent.

Now what do I mean when I state this fact? What that means is that, as a Witch, I believe in freedom, not in any anarchist sense. On one hand, I believe in my right to keep and bear arms: the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution which some might argue as being ‘right wing’. However I also believe in a woman's right to be pro-choice, so then some might say that I am a left leaner. Having said that, I believe if a woman chooses to get an abortion my tax dollars should never be used to pay for it, so there I go over to the right wing again. And now here is where I get labeled yet again, because I support without any compromise President Donald Trump, and the moment that get's noticed I end up getting called all the negative things he has been called. Like him, I want our country to be safe, get rid of illegal aliens and to build a wall.

I have been personally attacked en mass on a number of occasions to the point of people screen copying my personal opinions, taking them from other conversations and importing them to their social justice warrior sites, and then trying to get people to gang up on me for my deeply held (conservative) pagan viewpoints. Some going so far as to sending my viewpoints directly to well known individuals in the magickal community to show them how much of an "evil" person I am. I do equally find it a cowardly thing to do when I have the strongest feeling that these social justice warrior types could not muster the courage to say this stuff to my face under the fear that they would receive a serious beat down.

Why do people in the magickal community continue to do these types of things? Do they want to split our community even more than it already seems to be? As a matter of fact, I have seen these types of actions split and completely disrupt local Pagan and Wiccan communities over the years in different parts of the country. I have personally known strong willed Pagan landowners who have provided use of their lands to host Pagan gatherings only to have people trash their names when they thought they were doing it behind their backs.

Then these people have said, “well, since you think that I am a hard headed country bumpkin maybe the community does not need the use of this conservative Pagan's land” and they would literally close their land to further usage by the people who vilified them, and also not allow anyone else to use it either. And as one of those private landowners, I don't blame them.

What I really don't get about the people who want to force their leftist beliefs and other social justice warrior attitudes down other pagans' throats, is that you only need to look at actual modern Wiccan history to realize that our very founders, such as Gerald B. Gardner, Doreen Valiente, and numerous other English Witches, were in actuality very conservative, some to the point of (at least early in their Wiccan careers) holding strong opinions about gays being allowed to train as Witches.

So please let’s get rid of this attempt to drive out of the magickal community the right leaning Pagans, because if you continue your onslaught, you might one day find your numbers are diminished to a point that if the religious right comes looking for you, you will be few in number, and too fearful to even stand up for yourselves. You don't want the flag waving, gun carrying, Witches against you. It would be much better then to have us on your side and to realize you are not the only Pagans around.

Douglas Helvie
Magister/Co-founder
Eternal Harvest Academy,
Church and Tradition Of Witchcraft
New Bern, NC.





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