Thursday, September 08, 2005

Are You Ready for Some Football Persecution?

It's that time of the year again. The leaves turn colors and crunch underfoot; sleeves and shadows lengthen; I start considering taking up witchcraft again; the fundies try to oppress Pagans. It's my favorite time of year...except for that last thing.

A Pagan coven rented an American Legion hall in Ramah, CO (not too far from the Springs), for a Pagan festival to raise funds for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. There will be a "carnival, crafts fair, Italian dinner, live music and midnight prayer ritual." It's that last part that has the fundies upset, even though it's a prayer just like any other, but which doesn't evoke the One True Godâ„¢ in the proper way.

Doucette-Johnson, whose soldier husband is currently serving in Iraq, said the midnight ritual involves standing in a circle, turning to face each of the four directions and giving thanks for loved ones that are alive and those who have died.

"People bring pictures of people they've lost," she said. "We don't harm anyone in our ritual. We anoint people with oil and use incense, like the Catholics."

Oh, when will people learn. The fundies think Catholics are cultists, too. And it's not what you do, it's what you believe. You must believe the right things in the right way.

The date of the carnival is Saturday, October 29, unless the fundie gets 500 signatures, I guess.

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