I have been known to speak bluntly and some overly sensitive idiots
take that as "too angry". If you are afraid the blunt opinions of an
outspoken crone might somehow harm your fluffy bunny, well tough
In full disclosure, I am descended from Salem witchcraft trial victims on both sides of my family, Susanna Martin on my maternal side and Sarah Good on my paternal side. I grew up with tales of Salem as well as an uncle who used to show me the fertile farmlands near the mouth of the Merrimack river that were stolen from us (his words) of William Wood, another ancestor who wrote the book "New England Prospects" but committed the sin of marrying into a local tribe. The damn Puritans took it from him. I grew up with "haunted" pre-revolutionary houses in our family and no one from the family ever told me "there's no such thing as ghosts" because every damn one of us knew the family ghosts on a first name basis.
With others, I reclaimed an ancient Mother Goddess tradition with an actual, traceable heritage, which I suspect pisses off those without those roots. I have been a practising Pagan for more than fifty years, long before it was "cool", and I spent part of my teenaged years in India, just before the Beatles made that cool.
I've played my part in every major civil rights battle since the mid sixties as a passionate activist. Every single one.
But apparently I am too hard to work with and too angry to work with on the major Pagan legal battle of the past 30 years, our right to equal treatment of our "church" (IRS designation). WTF?????
The past year or so has seen revelation after revelation of sexual misconduct and out and out child abuse in the Pagan communities by some of the biggest names in Paganism and covered up by other big name Pagans. No accountability for that. Nope, instead we claim the Maetreum of Cybele is transphobic, Z Budapest is a terrorist and evil person for speaking out about sexual fetishism at Pagan events and wishing to keep her group for women born women, which is her absolute civil right under the 1'st amendment to do so. I keep reading that Z doesn't have the right to call herself an elder, and apparently neither do I.
Do I agree with Z on everything? Oh hell no but I would love to sit down with her someday over a pot of coffee and have a lively debate as she is a crusty old crone same as me. And if she isn't a Pagan elder, then 'taint no such thing.
I've read a number of articles lately about walking away from the term Paganism as well. I've been told the Maetreum should move somewhere where it would be better received by cowardly asswipe Pagans who apparently are afraid to be called Pagan.
To them I say, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. I am a proud Pagan and I am sick to death of the cowards in Paganism who's response to challenges is 'run away, run away'.
Susanna Martin laughed at her accusers during her trial and pointed out their fears. Sarah Good cursed her judge on the gallows to die with blood in his mouth and he did. These are the women in my personal history. To hell with the cowardly Pagans like the Lady Liberty worthless League, to hell with those "leaders" who knowingly covered up the sex crimes of their peers like some Pagan version of Ratzinger, the nazi pope.
The Goddess is angry, I'm angry. If you cannot deal with that and do the right thing and fight the good fight, go join the Baptists cause there is no room for you in Paganism any more.