Another example of religous intolerance

Florida festival news article (2)

A unfortunate example of the reason why I have started this blog. Lake Okeechobee Resort and Marina officials are under-fire from church members and pastors over the hosting of a Pagan winter solstice festival. One objectioner, Daniel Mondragon stated “we are opening ourselves up to things we should not, like belly dancing and magic spells”. Another, Evangfelist Lillian Brown, stated “god cannot heal our land if we have witches and warlocks violating our community”.

How short-sided are these members of this city? Popular history tells us that America, my home country, was initially founded on the idea of religious freedom. As officials of the resort stated if the Christians wanted to hold an event at the venue they were free to apply. Let me interject some balance to this issue. Belly dancing is not exclusively Pagan, in fact its origins stem from a cultural background- not religious ceremony. Secondly, the winter solstice is simply a celebration of the tipping point of the season- traditionally important for planting. As most Pagan organizers are reasonable people I do not think seances will be done in the aisles and spells cast amongst the crowd.

I reiterate a previous point- fear comes from ignorance. Conversely wisdom breeds tolerance. I applaud the organizers who have pushed ahead despite objections.



3 thoughts on “Another example of religous intolerance

  1. I can’t believe that people still think like this. Wait, yes I can. I guess I’ve just been lucky enough to have grown up in an accepting community. My heart really goes out to those people under persecution, just for being different 😦

  2. I guess part of my frustration is that the reporter did not feel it necessary to ask for a comment from the group holding the event. It would also be good to know if the group was present during the meeting. It doesn’t help our cause if we do not speak up.

  3. Absolutely, the people who have come out in opposition to this event display the same unmistakable fear and ignorance made famous by 16th century Puritans. It is these Pastors and churches who need to be warned that, not by the wishes or actions of Pagans, but by their own willingness to accept the appearance of anti-religious freedom villains, that they, too, are destined to become a darker part of this nation’s history.

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