Posted by: Jennifer | October 19, 2005

does the bashing ever stop?

As a Wiccan, I am constantly surrounded by evidence of religion. Usually other peoples’ religions. Christian dogman and politics; Buddhist books on enlightenment and understanding; the need of the Jewish people to be understood; and the need of the Muslim people to be seen as people. Books, music, decorations, paraphenillia — All of this is available in our society.

And then, one day, finally, mainstream society takes a step in the right direction. Walmart has started to include the Wiccan culture in their inventory. This from a company notorious for banning anything that is not considered to be “proper” by the Christian community. This is a huge step in the right direction and will not doubt foster understanding and acceptance for the Wiccan people.

But some people just can’t get with the times.

I always find it humourous that one of the most important teachings of Paganism is love and tolerance for your fellow human being. And yet, Pagans in general seem to bear most of the brunt of other people’s religious racism. Is the world really going to fall to pieces of Walmart offers Wiccan literature? Will children stop going to school in droves, burning pentagrams into anything that stays still and sacrificing the family pets in the backyard? Chances are petty good that Spot the Dog is safe. I think that this gesture by Walmart is more of a money-grab than an attempt to convert children to “Satanism” (as some people like to think of Paganism) — they basically have seen that other bookstores are raking in piles of dough selling these books and now the family wants in on some of the earnings. Can’t say that I blame them, but it’s hardly a cause for revolution.

If anyone has a problem with the fact that Walmat will now being selling the Wiccan Encyclopedia on the same shelf as the Bible (which you have been able to buy from Walmart for years), then I suggest that they follow this important piece of advice: don’t buy it. If you don’t like it, if you don’t believe in it, don’t buy it. But that doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be available for those who do believe and want to partake. Could everyone just stop with the religious bigotry for five seconds and realize that Walmart is big enough to accomodate everyone’s needs at the same time?

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  1. I completely agree with you! I also find it humorous that long before Christianity entered the picture, Paganism was around. So many of today’s Christian religious symbols and rituals are based in the Pagan culture. Maybe the same people that are bitching about Walmart carrying these items shouldn’t carve pumpkins for Halloween or decorate their Christmas trees. What a bunch of hypocritical morons!


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