Thursday, September 25, 2003

From blog correspondent Lee Penn
Rumours of war: UN sets nuke deadline for Iran; Iran walks out
Lee Penn: The ongoing contest: how many wars can start at once around the world ...?

Rumsfeld sees no link between Iraq, 9/11
He admits it, now that the imperial campaign is a fait accompli, hundreds of lives and billions of dollars after the fact ...

And then there is this:

No WMD in Iraq, source claims
Lee Penn: If these stories are true, we need to give Bush and Cheney an ice-cream sundae with a new flavor: Im_PEACH_ MINT.

More moves towards world war

Ohio Pagans - run-up to ‘Pagan Pride’ festivals at autumnal equinox
Not the rival motorcycle gang to the Hell's Angels, but rather pseudo-pagans who are at best bright, creative and wrong and at worst involved in the demonic. In Cleveland of all places, a.k.a. Slavic Catholic central. One might hope that the traditional(ist) Orthodox, Byzantine Catholic and Roman Catholic priests in the metro area's many old parishes took this as an opportunity to evangelize some spiritually attuned but confused people and indeed to do an exorcism or two when necessary. But often such places are parochial (in the bad sense as well as literally) and complacent, alas.

"We are not scary, devil-worshipping, baby-eating savage people, but, unfortunately, that is the biggest stigma for all of us," said Clevelander Elizabeth Sommerer, a witch who works in a drugstore.

That's because your religion isn't really paganism - it's a modern invention that rips off Christianity (dethroning Christ but keeping 'harm no-one', community service, alms, etc.) and doesn't even literally believe in the gods and goddesses it invokes, seeing them as Jungian archetypes and suchlike. Real pagans, like the Afro-Caribbean santeros (practising Yoruba religion from Africa), believe in their gods and sacrifice animals (and people, in the case of the ancient Aztecs) to please them.

That said, isn't there something dodgy about somebody who believes in casting spells being entrusted with people's medicines?

Murray Brownlee, who happened to wander by, gazed at them and inquired, 'Are you all going to have an orgy?'

Actually, the men who started Wicca back in the 1930s would have liked that too.

Another thing - they seem to have a similar romantic, archaic streak as me, as they like colorful, elaborate worship and old-fashioned-sounding English ('Blessed be' and all that). Why don't they drop the hooey and use the Book of Common Prayer? (Or the Anglican Breviary, or the Jordanville Prayer Book, etc.)

Perhaps a rhetorical question as this may be real spiritual warfare.

Perhaps because the gods they serve ultimately are the ones in the mirror.

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