Over the weekend I thought ah an easy posting on London and my husband. No controversy. But I also have a web site, Naming the Grace. So I received two e-mails from different types of pagans. One was happy that my article Goddess Spirituality, was so correct. That is because some people who write about Wicca, or witchcraft and goddess spirituality do sloppy work.
They think because the word witch is in this religious movement it has some connection to Satanism. But it doesn't. Instead, it is a nature religion that doesn't even believe there is a Satan. Of course as a Christian I believe that any kind of false religion has a connection to Satan after all he is the father of lies. But writing about religions, as a Christian, means being honest about what people believe. How can you reach someone for Jesus Christ when you misrepresent what they believe.
Anyway it turned out this first pagan was not into Wicca but believed in a goddess. We had a nice chat that went on and off during the day. Hopefully this person will find their way to Jesus or rather as Andrew Purves puts it, Jesus will, like the mother cat does to her kittens, grab him by the back of the neck and not let go. That is my prayer for him.
The other Pagan was up-set about my article, The NeoPagan Movement and Racism. In that article I write about some pagans who are into Odinism and Ásatrú, religious groups who worship the northern gods and goddesses of the old northern European religions. That includes such gods and goddesses as Thor, Odin and Freya. Some of these groups are racist and some have the potential for being racist.
The racist part was what he was upset about. He felt that I had mis-judged them. To be fair to myself I pointed out to him that I stated in the article that only some of these groups were racist or had that potential.
The ones that I felt were racist believe that religion is connected to a person's blood line. I should also mention that for some of these groups hate is a definite part of their thought. Others insist that although other cultural religions are good for their own ethnic groups they should not mix. And they all hate universal religions, in particular, Christianity. So here is a question.
If religious groups insist that only one particular ethnic group may belong to their religion does that make them a racists religious group?