Divisive Twaddle

The folks over at Gods and Radicals have made the accusation that certain members of the Pagan community are fascists because their religious practices do not conform to G and R’s Marxist/anarchist/feminist/Post-colonial standards. I’m not going to deconstruct – or link to – an article for which the actual author will not even stand up and claim ownership. Having spent a not inconsiderable amount of time arguing with these folks before they started this site, I know what a waste of time it is to do so. I’ve said all I’m going to say in refutation here.

I will say that there are no links or specific citations in this article, with all its accusations and insinuations, it would never pass academic muster. The assessment is not a thoughtful and reasoned attempt to promote dialogue about an actual problem, but utterly biased and rigid attempt to frame a political ideology as a religious matter. All while tossing around just enough nastiness to rile up good people and gain some attention.

It is certain that there are some racists and fascists that practice Pagan religion – whether in the US or elsewhere in the world. But I doubt those people read G and R, or care about their opinions. But I’ve met plenty of Druids, Re-constructionists, Devotional Polytheists, and Dianics and not one of them advocated for the mobilization of society under a totalitarian one-party state.

The word “troll” comes to mind.


About selinarif

Selina came across Paganism around age 15 and it felt like coming home. She has been solitary, and worked in numerous circles, both formal and informal in several different traditions. She is a massage therapist, home-maker, amateur home re-modeler, and a martial artist, and ties all of these things into her spirituality.
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