It’s always funny to see Christians talk about persecution especially when they were last persecuted around 300 CE. Afterwards, they were the ones rampaging and persecuting against pagans for centuries. Now, they’re pulling the victim card while stating that “we need to get back to our Christian roots with Christian public school education.” Sorry to say, but theocracies don’t work out as they plan. Instead of providing Heaven on Earth, it becomes Hell on Earth when people believe they are doing “Gods” work. YOu can’t state you are for liberty and freedom while calling for the 10 Commandments to be the rule of the land. Commandment #1 especially puts a halt on that whole idea of freedom and liberty. If people aren’t given the right to believe in one God, many Gods or no Gods, then you don’t have freedom, you have tyranny.
Wild Bill for America is the prime example of one of those supposedly freedom loving Americans who deep down want a theocracy even though he denies such. When you vociferously call for Christian “education” in public schools and want the 10 Commandments to be the law of the land, I believe that’s proof enough of wanting a Christian theocracy in charge of our country.
With the ascendancy of the Trump Presidency, we ought to be vigilant about what takes place in the United States. How far will Trump pander to the evangelicals who helped him into power? If he wants to retain his position in American politics, it’s not inconceivable that Trump will do what it takes to keep his power. So, it’s up to us Americans to make sure that the swing to extremism doesn’t occur.
Conservative – believing in the value of established and traditional practices in politics and society : relating to or supporting political conservatism
Something I’ve been pondering for a long while especially when stumbling the internet a slew of blogs titled Conservative Pagans: Yes We Exist (which unfortunately no longer exists), that the modern stereotype by conservatives themselves is that pagans tend to be liberal. I believe that’s not an accurate assessment, I believe many pagans tend to be Libertarians or center due to our inherent knowledge of history and how the more oppressive a government becomes the more prone it is to force everyone to adhere to the regimes system of belief. However, I want to explore the idea that paganism is conservative in nature, not politically but traditionally.
What we pagans are trying to do is to revive the indigenous religions of Europe and all over the world. These were the original religions before monotheism ran amok converting those they feel were worshiping false Gods. In the attempt to revive we have brought back a majority of the practices of these old religions which is the definition of conservatism. Now we’ve pretty much done away with animal and human sacrifice due in part to Christianity and its influence, but that’s about it. We have been using texts that have survived the ages of destruction and burning as our guides into the insights of the old religions. Through this endeavor we have conserved the old religions in modern books and on the internet.
So, basically we pagans tend to be a bit conservative, but not entirely because in modern parlance conservatism is relegated to the Judeo-Christian Conservatism rather than in the sense I’m talking about. A great deal of us pagans believe in the scientific validity of evolution (which does go along with the idea that we are all birthed from the Earth like in many of our creation stories), some of us are pro-choice (or don’t care either way which I tend to swing, I don’t have uterus to make such a decision), and some of us believe in equality for all (I myself being pro-gay rights). So this swing us into a center/Libertarian grouping as opposed to full on conservatism.
Of course, this is all my own pondering and nothing more. I don’t speak for all of paganism nor wish to. I just like to throw ideas out there to other minds churning. Through civil discourse new ideas are born into the world, some good, some bad.
Ever since I swung to the Center I’ve made it my mission to reconcile issues between us pagans and the Christian/Jewish community. The history between all three faiths has been tense and bloody whether it were pagans brutalizing Christian and Jews or Christians brutalizing pagans and Jews and so forth. Christians and Jews have reconciled their past differences and Christians were forgiven for their past actions that resulted in deaths of Jews. They are now a united front against the Muslim incursion into Western civilization. I figure since it was the Popes job to put things into motion between Christians and Jews that it is my job to attempt to open the lines of communication between the Christians and Jews and the Pagans in order to fix our ailing society. Ultimately, what happens in this country doesn’t just affect them but also those of us who aren’t of the Judeo-Christian faith. If the Judeo-Christian faith is destroyed by militant Muslims or militant atheists that we are next on the chopping block and I use that as a literal term.
I believe in preserving the Judeo-Christian culture this country was founded on that has evolved to allow us heathens to practice openly our religion all due in part to the Constitution of the United States of America. The militant Muslims and militant atheists want eradicate ALL opposing beliefs because it doesn’t mesh with their worldview, so for us pagans who taunt Christians need to recognize that we need them just like they need us. Why on Midgard would they need us? Simple, we are the other side of the checks and balances that keeps them from engaging in bloody sectarian squabbles such as a theoretical war between Catholics and Protestants. With our freedom maintained to practice our pagan faiths the freedom to be Catholic among many other Christian sects is maintained as well. We’re all interconnected, but I’m sure there will be disagreements. That’s fine! Welcome to America where we be of differing faiths but not kill each other over it. So why remain divided over our differing faiths when the socialist thugs in power are goose stepping over everyone’s rights?
Pagans who are concerned about the vitality of our country both in it’s economic fortitude and the securing of the Constitution need to reach out to Christians and Jews with an open hand and an olive branch. So to should Christians and Jews reach out to pagans in order to form a better, more solid union within our country. Us pagans aren’t going away and a lot of us swing Libertarian and we are fiercely patriotic about our country. We can and will stand shoulder to shoulder with you to protect this country. Are you willing to do the same?