Did You Know All Nazis are Christians and All Pagans are Good People? Why Wiccans Hate You

This post was originally published in 2009 on my old blog Red Alerts. As part of closing down that site I am republishing many of the crime related stories here. Those that are still of interest to readers will be published on the front page for new readers to enjoy:

At least that’s what emailer “Marlene,” who took umbrage to a post I wrote about the pedophile enabling hippy sex cultists on PaganSpace (three or four months ago), claims in a missive as childish as it is inaccurate:

in reverence to your red alert on paganspace.net concerning the accusations on
that site, i just wanted to say that there are bad people everywhere and from
every religion, if you choose to make a website about terrible people that prey
on children then you really should do your homework since most child abusers are
christian . as well as the nazi shit heads , yeah they are christian too.
pagans
wiccans and witches believe harming none and protecting everything under mother
nature’s sky and above it. Pagans are good people!!!!!

If you find her writing hard to follow blame the teachers’ union. But I thought it was important for readers, many of whom are not familiar with the inner workings of the “New Age” and neo-Paganism, to see exactly what the average Wiccan thinks of them and mainstream American society. So let me apologize in advance for boring some of you with this short essay describing why your children will hate you when they convert to Wicca.

After this piece I would recommend that you read a book called America: Religions and Religion by Catherine Albanese which is the bible of comparative religion. It is a bit pricey and hard to find but you may have some luck at a college bookstore or used book shop. Chapter eight of this dense but readable tome is entitled “Homesteads of the Mind: Occult and Metaphysical Movements” and reveals to readers something that most Americans (and all modern Wiccans) seem to very much be unaware of: America had a thriving occult movement prior to the 1960s “New Age” movement. And it wasn’t full of hippies.

Understanding why modern Wicca and most of the New Age in general are oddly secular exercises in doctrinaire leftism disguised as spirituality is impossible without understanding that the current “occult underground” is the product of the 60s counterculture infiltrating, dismembering and transforming the American metaphysical movement which came before it. The prior movement had a centuries long lineage and encompassed dozens of traditions ranging from Marie Laveau’s exotic blend of Voodoo and European occultism to the Pennsylvania Dutch “Pow-Wow doctor” who cured illnesses on the farmsteads with remedies and prayers found in his coveted copy of Joseph Hoffman’s Long Lost Friend. The modern movement is full of Atheists who think the Gods and Goddesses (and Witchcraft) are metaphors for “reclaiming their power” which itself is a metaphor for living in a state of perpetual adolescent rebellion against non-existent oppressive forces.

Prior to the 1960s, occultism was a diverse spectrum of fairly conservative traditions and movements which were populated by men and women who dedicated significant time to the study and practice of a variety of arts mainstream society would have found unseemly if not unlawful. Those people have been replaced with what Israel Regardie referred to as “Tent Women” – under educated, sanctimonious loud-mouths who are so consumed by misandry they seek out “goddess religion” lest they be forced to lower themselves to worshiping a man.

I paint a romantic picture of pre-New Age metaphysics and I understand many readers will see occultism in a very different light, but I want those same readers to understand the vast difference between the “witch” of the early 20th century who cobbled together a grimoire in secret using books like Aradia: Gospel of the Witches written by credulous but thorough folklorist C.G. Leland and the spiteful, obnoxious perpetual teens of today who wave their copies of Fiona Horne’s latest literary skidmark around while screaming out moral platitudes so simple you’re not sure an elementary school teacher would waste time writing them on a chalk board. The former could be (and mostly was) a good neighbor who left you to your pursuits and simply asked for the same courtesy. The latter are pentagram festooned propagandists for the left who demand you change your views and habits to suit their childish view of reality.

The rise of Wicca (which as a matter of historical fact was invented by Gerald Gardner in the 1950s) coincides with the rise of Radical Feminism, Radical Environmentalism and the neo-marxist academic Utopianism that defines the left in this country and just as those deconstructive forces transformed the Democratic party from hawkishly anti-Communist to a party that is the American version of the Fabians, Wicca changed the occult underground into the watered down yet highly political “New Age” movement it is today. It was primarily radical feminism, as embodied by degenerate Jew haters like Starhawk, which de-emphasized the private, personal pursuit of esoteric knowledge and practice of traditional metaphysics and re-imagined Wicca as a vehicle for the neo-Marxist armchair class war the baby boomers still play at to this day.

Wicca is the bludgeon with which the emotionally crippled lash out at society, the mask behind which the untalented and unimportant hide when confronting their superiors. It is a religion only in the most academic sense. The truth is that Wicca is simply a collection of petulant narcissists who make childishly grand gestures designed to insult or provoke others as both a way to share the psychic pain their emotional retardation causes and give the Wiccan (statistically speaking, most likely to be a downwardly mobile White American from the middle class) fuel for their fantasy of being a victimized minority.

Modern Wicca (unlike it’s Gardnerian and Alexandrian forerunners) is not an organized religion but a sub-cultural identity with definitions so loose that there are even “Christian” Wiccans nowadays. Unlike the occultist of old, the only knowledge the modern Wiccan actively pursues is the knowledge of consensus, and the Wiccan is keenly interested in what general dogma this amorphous mass of people with no set ideology accepts as true so they can better parrot popular pagan opinion. This is the result of the influx of free-wheeling, “anything goes” types in the 60s who would unctuously lecture anyone who claimed that the occult isn’t about pedophiliac orgies and playing dress-up pushing out anyone serious about exploring the boundaries of reality.

In this vacuum of spirituality the erstwhile Wiccan need only recycle a few leftist talking points and she or he can be considered as authoritative and knowledgeable as anyone else. Therein lies the allure of Wicca for many of the wrong people, and the reason most Wiccans you meet will hate you if you aren’t willing to march in lockstep to their inanity. All pagans are good, all Christians are bad and America is full of fascists and/or Nazis. I defy any reader to go to any Wiccan forum and show me that 80% of the entire site isn’t some permutation of those three post-modern cliches. Wiccan identity is completely tied into a particular set of anti-American,”radical” political views that have replaced spells and rituals as the required knowledge to be considered well versed.

Which brings me to Marlene, who has a dreadful website full of cut and paste material she barely understands (no Marlene the Havamal isn’t just the “story of Odin receiving the runes,” it is the “High One’s” instructions to mortals covering every facet of life) and will never even try to because it is more important to her and her standing in the Wiccan community to “fight the real enemy.” That fight of course only entails emailing me a criticism she couldn’t be bothered to spell check then patting herself on the back for her bravery. It should be instructive to the reader that Marlene didn’t comment on the post publicly where she might have to defend this pinched off dispatch, but shot off an email that she only shared with her fellow “witches” at their weekly book club meeting.

Also instructive is that Marlene didn’t bother to read the post at all, but was told what I said and shot off an email to me to score points with her fellow Wiccans without investigating their claims at all.

That is a perfect metaphor for Wicca.

Marlene probably hates me not because my response to her was intemperate (to say the least) but because at this point their are a great deal of Wiccans who, for many reasons, dislike me, my blog and the group I’m affiliated with, Pagans Against Child Abuse. That I’m a “Christian” out harassing Wiccans is the new canon in some parts, and like lemmings the majority of Wiccans will simply accept that as truth. So I must resign myself to the near constant stream of emails by the lowest common denominator that all basically say what Marlene said above. Christians are Nazis, all pagans are by definition good and for not regurgitating such, if I may steal a phrase, sinister piffle, I’m some sort of ignorant fascist.

And when your 15-year-old reads in some hack’s mass marketed “Book of Shadows” that Christians/Conservatives/Small Business Owners/Guys named Ted are “the enemy” of Wiccans, you’re going to be treated just the same.

 

Comments

21 Responses to “Did You Know All Nazis are Christians and All Pagans are Good People? Why Wiccans Hate You”

  1. DodiaFae on August 30th, 2011 12:02 pm

    It’s too bad you can’t transfer the comments, as well.

  2. Rob Taylor on August 30th, 2011 2:06 pm

    I know. I’m looking into it but they might just be lost.

  3. Response#3 on September 4th, 2011 6:34 am
  4. Rob Taylor on September 4th, 2011 4:08 pm

    That essay doesn’t disprove what I said and basically re-enforces my argument that modern Wiccans are have no real knowledge of the religion they practice or the religion they criticize. Christianity has no divine feminine? Seriously? No Virgin Mary you can pray to? No female saints that people pray to? Weird.

    Also homosexuality is condemned in Christianity – but no more strongly than hetero-sexual relations outside of marriage. Christians believe that people should only get it on after the ritual of marriage because sex is part of God’s divine plan so it needs to be sanctified, etc.

    I urge you to read some academic sources on these religions (except anything by John Espisito – he’s an apologist) but also read the first hand material. I often criticize Islam but I’ve read the Koran and the Hadiths. I am critical of Wicca but I’m conversant of all of the Wiccan denominations theology. You’re smart enough to do the same.

  5. HeatherRadish on September 4th, 2011 10:55 pm

    Your letter-writer should read a book on Naziism, too–they were vehemently anti-Christian and sought to destroy the Church to return Germany to its pre-Christian glory. Killed a lot of priests, they did…

  6. Rob Taylor on September 4th, 2011 11:03 pm

    True. They also turned on the Odinist pagan movement despite their claims for wanting to return to their roots. The only religion Hitler respected was Islam, which he was quite complimentary to in Mein Kampf

  7. Wendy Carson on September 7th, 2011 6:57 pm

    Very good essay … I got so tired of the freaks and the flakes that I left Wicca several years ago. Nothing but a bunch of pompous dunces who believe that they have all the answers. The day I realized that “Klingon Wicca” wasn’t some kind of joke, I turned tail and ran. Mind you, there are a few people within the faith that are genuinely attempting to re-create the religious practices of pre-Christian Europe, but they are very much the minority. Wicca today isn’t anything like the Wicca of 25 years ago, and the changes have not been for the better.

  8. Rob Taylor on September 7th, 2011 7:04 pm

    Very true Wendy. I remember when there were still many serious Wiccans but the 90s were basically the death knell of Wicca.

    I’m partial to some of the Theodish and Asatru groups but frankly they’re starting to look a little familiar if you get my drift.

  9. DodiaFae on September 9th, 2011 1:18 pm

    What could have happened in the 90′s that did Wicca in?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoM4OXQVCcE

    Seriously, I love goofy occult movies. I own a few. But I think that some of these ding-dongs think it’s “just like in the movies”.

  10. Rob Taylor on September 9th, 2011 2:44 pm

    I forgot about that movie. Right after that is when all the Wiccans started claiming to be “natural witches” or something.

  11. Chris Wildbore on February 8th, 2012 4:25 pm

    Sadly it looks like we can say about Wiccans the same thing we can say about Christians: Many say they are, but mighty few know enough about their religion to actually be one. I’ve been a Wiccan for almost a quarter of a century. Happily, I have little in common with most others who claim my faith. Perhaps it is time for a “civil war” within Wicca.

    Chris

  12. Rob Taylor on February 8th, 2012 10:36 pm

    Agreed Chris. I’ve been a pagan for almost 30 years and for many of those I was a Wiccan and I’d say a good 50-60% of all Wiccans I’ve met were just role playing and had no interest in having an actual faith.

  13. Anonymous on February 17th, 2012 8:35 am

    Wtf. The Nazi’s actually had very strong Pagan influences and Henrich Himmler was a Wiccan. Many of trhe people who helped oppose the Nazi’s were Wiccan. And the Nazi’s started off a the Volks movement which yes thats right wanted to return to nature. Your article is shit and Wicca is a foul abomination.

  14. Rob Taylor on February 17th, 2012 3:33 pm

    Himmler was not a Wiccan because Wicca was INVENTED in the 1950s by an Englishman named Gerald Gardner. Hitler persecuted the Germanic Pagan movement (Odinists, etc) though some of his officers were members of occult groups.

    Also if you read the article, which you didn’t, you’d see that I’m DISAGREEING with this view – and I’m doing that as a Pagan.

  15. Chris Wildbore on March 20th, 2012 12:31 pm

    Rob Taylor,

    I think the fellow above is confusing the folkish elements of some Asatrur with Wicca. Both are ligit religions. Both have some deplorable followers. I’m in your corner on the Himmler bit. Wicca was invented in the 1950s. But then there is that persistent rumour that Witches worked against Hitler. It’s fun to believe that, but rather unsupportable. I don’t doubt, however, that there were magick practitioners working against him, but not Wiccans for the reason that you said.

  16. Rob Taylor on March 20th, 2012 6:25 pm

    Indeed. Charles Leland’s Aradia came out in the 1890s and was probably used as a grimiore by “witches” and witchcraft has been around for all of Western Civilization, but Wicca itself is a modern religion.

  17. Chris Wildbore on March 22nd, 2012 12:10 pm

    Hey Rob,

    To run with the Witchcraft element, are you familiar with Andrew Chumbley’s(SP)work, or Michael Howard?

  18. Rob Taylor on March 22nd, 2012 1:16 pm

    I’m more familiar with Howard than Chumbley. From what little I know about Chumbley he wrote some interesting stuff but it unfortunately gets lumped in with a lot of the Internet grimiore/Chaos books so it doesn’t get to a wider audience. I’ve seen people talk about his work but I’ve never met anyone who used it.

    Howard has a wider selection of books. I believe he wrote several on runes if I’m thinking of the right person. I hear they’re quite good.

  19. Sandy McMillen on April 14th, 2012 11:11 pm

    I read this essay and thought “Hmm, I kind of like his way of thinking”. Then, I began to follow other links. You seem to have this crazy obsession with women who are overweight.
    Yes, a lot of people here in the US are overweight. Why is that so shocking? What is the big deal?
    I’d love to see what you look like…because, well, with what you say about other people’s appearances, you MUST be gorgeous.
    Well, I take that back, it wouldn’t really matter what your appearance is; trash is still trash, no matter how good it looks.
    I also love how you lump these women (including the ones that are “loud mouthed” and have opinions) into one, happy category. So you disagree with Starhawk, I do as well. It’s just funny that someone of your “intellect” would stoop to such a low level.

  20. Rob Taylor on April 14th, 2012 11:36 pm

    If you can show me three articles I’ve written over the last ten years on my own sites or the sites I freelance for that prove I have an “obsession” with fat chicks I’ll send you $100.

  21. Rob Taylor on April 14th, 2012 11:48 pm

    Oh I get it – you can’t read so you are attributing an Israel Regarde quote as told by Jason Black and Christopher Hyatt to me. I’m surprised someone of your “intellect” would be unable to understand block-quotes.

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