Halstead, a writer for Gods and Radicals, whom its safe to say fits in pretty damn well with the growing gentrifying assholes in my city who look down at the rest of us freaks actually went as so to quote from an “unamed informant” from a Conservative blog AND agreed with them that
In a world of moral and philosophical relativism there are no depths but only surface. You are expected to make peace with meaninglessness, to abide all shifting sands, to justify all narcissism, and to accept all depravity
“accept all depravity”-that’s code for taking a knock at feminism and the LGBTQ community in Neopagandom. Which Halstead used as a way of reinforcing his arguments to complain about how the Pagan community isn’t respectable enough and are just a bunch of terrible people.
He follows it up with this vomit-
Maybe, just maybe, this is the real reason Wiccans and Pagans aren’t taken seriously.
Fuck this guy, I can’t wait until finally realizes that he can’t make people to be exactly like him and go back to some Conservative form of Christianity, because at least that’d be honest.
Diana Paxson’s a kid abuse enabler, why in fuck should anyone take her “fact checking” seriously?
Kenaz Filan of Polytheism Uncucked is clearly an anti-Semitic Nazi, as well as doxxing and making anti-Semitic attacks on a Jewish woman in the Posts and Replies section of his Gab account for dare giving a Nazi author, Carolyn Emerick, a negative review on Amazon, which was actually pretty tame.
Now I’m not posting here for the sake of “calling out”, I have no interest in dialog with Nazis. My main interests are to bring this incident to light thus shaming him and his supporters, and to ask why certain people in the Neopagan, Occult, and Astrological Communities who are NOT Nazis continue to associate with him, FaceBook especially. While being mutuals on FaceBook is not always necessarily endorsement of political beliefs, it still reflects unspoken tolerance for Fascism and Nazism. You know who you are.
The Neopagan Community is full of corrupt leadership enabling sex predators, cult leaders, and sociopaths, so I don’t think it’s a stretch to think that anyone saying you’re morally or ethically obligated to join a Pagan group is giving people very dangerous advice (I’m looking at you John Halstead).
Secondly, Paganism isn’t Activism, stop conflating the two. Paganism is not a Religion, but a large group of Religions with no agreed upon ethics, morals, philosophies, or political beliefs. If you care about the fate of the world and mankind, look to Activism and the Activist Communities, don’t expect all the members of a highly diverse subculture to agree about anything, politics especially.
Besides, Neopagans are still a minority, no way in hell can you change the world, because that is a matter of the masses uniting together towards common goals regardless of their personal religious inclinations or lack thereof, and not a smattering of fringe religious groups.