I feel I must say that it is clear she is either lying or stupid or both...and clearly doing it for attention and to promote a badass been-there, done-that image, not to mention she's pulling the old Christian preacher trick where they pretend like they've "gone Pagan" for a while and "seen what Pagans really do and seen that witches work for the devil and really are Satanists even though they say they aren't". Ugh. She clearly doesn't know what she is talking about, and she doesn't even make sense! How could you have a date/picnic on an altar??? Stooopiiid.
This is my "official" response, and the discussion that followed:
Wicce Witch Wicca:
Satanism and witchcraft are not the same thing, not by a long shot. No relation. Satanists sometimes try to associate themselves with witchcraft/witches in order to cause trouble for witches, give themselves a more badass image, and annoy Christians, but Satan isn't even a Pagan deity, he's a Christian invention. Real witchcraft is nothing like that. It's about nature and energy and doing good for the sake of doing good and holding yourself accountable. To hate witches is to hate women, to make witches look evil is to say women are evil. It's misogyny. Witch or wicce means wise woman, a healer, a spiritual woman. It is the origin of human spirituality and the heritage of all humans. Wit, wicker, wisdom. Wicker because it can bend. Wicca is a male form. Warlock has nothing to do with witchcraft and is actually a (Scottish?) insult. Early European Christians took the word wicce and turned it into the word wicked, reflecting the oppression of their convert-or-die methods. They also took Goddess imagery and picked it apart and warped it and used the bits to create their images of evil. Red for menstrual and birthing blood, horns for the horned shape of the female reproductive system, et cetera.
Learn the truth about the things you have been taught to hate, it will surprise you.
Take some Anthropology, Gender Studies, Art History, World Religions, etc type classes. Read some real witchcraft books by real actual witches. Learn history. Not the oppressor's version of history...look for the reality under the lies. I challenge you, if you aren't doing so already. I challenge you to question the prejudice, hatred, bigotry...the assumptions and stereotypes.
And if you still choose to hate and choose to be willfully ignorant...grow a brain already or at least stop trying to hurt those of us who have brains.
Someone replied: I think of Satan as a political cartoon, an instrument of propaganda, a caricature of Cernunnos..
The only real evil, in my opinion, is what humans do to hurt and harm each other and the planet. This includes any form of control over others, and mind control is the most common and pervasive. People don't even know or want to believe they are being manipulated. It's tragic. But one by one, they are waking up to it. Let's hope the trend continues.
One more thing...to hate Paganism, to hate Pagans, to oppress Pagans, is to do dishonor to your ancestors, whatever you believe. Magic is the heritage of all humans. Paganism is the heritage of all humans. So is matriarchy. And to hate the Goddess is to hate your Mother.
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