While I have known for many years that there are a lot of Wiccans and other pagans in the Twin Cities, I had no idea that they had a Pagan pride Weekend. Going on now. My first question is this: Why pride? Why not come up with some other word? Is it because you’re wrong and vilified for your ultra-yucky behavior? Or is it because you have Dianic Wiccans (lesbian witches) organizing this? I’m not aware that anyone pays too much attention to paganism around here so it wouldn’t shock people, especially in October, to be told that someone is a pagan. Especially not in the neighborhood in which they’re having their event.
One thing I find amusing, and always have, is the rejection of Organized Religion; because “the man” is bad and against women, etc. but at the same time they imitate Organized Religion. There’s even a “Church of Wicca.” I’m sure the only reason is to incorporate as a non-profit; however, organization is not what these people claim to stand for.
If you look at the schedule, there’s a Wiccaning for a child. Remind you of anything? Once upon a time, I attended one of these, for the child of a colleague. The baby wore her mother’s Christening gown and a space was rented for the ceremony. The same words were repeated four times, more or less; once at each cardinal direction, where there was a 7-day candle lit. There was incense, oil, water and salt. She was named, so and so, a Wiccan. Cheap imitation of Baptismal Rites.
In reviewing the list of program leaders, I’ve met at least one person at this event. She holds rituals in her home every month for a revolving group of women. I went once with someone, for a ritual in the name of a goddess. It was completely silly. Again, ritual that imitated Organized Religion; at the top of the steps there was a pitcher of water which one dipped ones fingers into. They weren’t calling it Holy Water, but it seems to be an odd coincidence that it was there at the beginning. The invoked the goddess they celebrated that evening, and there was incense; they also had a craft project and a session to tell all. Not at all my cup of tea. But interesting from a sociological standpoint.
One thing that drives me mad is the use of the phrase “blessed be” with no recognition that they’re cribbing from Mass and merely truncating the phrase “Blessed be God forever.” Blessing isn’t what Paganism is about, so why even go there? Especially when you try to say that Christianity stole all its ideas from pagans.
If asked, you’ll be told that this is a pre-Christian religion being reclaimed; however, there’s no evidence of a link to anything before the 19th century, though you’ll also be told that’s because it’s secret information handed down within families. Seriously? In this age of telling people more than they ever wanted to know at minimal acquaintance, people keep big, giant seeee-crets? In a ridiculously liberal state? What about the ones who die without family members? Aren’t their secrets going to get out into the world.
Children are being raised by these misguided adults and will believe all kinds of crazy things because that’s what they’re being taught at home. Makes one long for the good old days in which religion was allowed in school!
Please pray for their conversion to a more standard, traditional form of religion.