Please Make Me Shine…

Pagan Culture--or should I say me?--gets its considerable amount of hate mail, from Pagans and non-Pagans alike. The first group uses colorful words to tell me that “Eclectic Paganism is the pipedream of the weak and confused”, while the second groups (mostly Christians) email me to preach about “eternal torture in a hell of [my] own creation.”

I have a rule: hate mail goes straight to my spam folder, unopened. The subject lines are usually quite telling and I don't know about you, but I don't let anyone insult me if I can help it. However, every once in a while I click on one by accident or I’m tricked into believing it’s something harmless. Today, I opened a hateful massage because I felt the need to reply to the sender. I will only share the subject line and I apologize in advance, for it might hurt you like it did me. It said: “You and your children will burn in hell because of your blasphemy and deviance!”

The body of the email contained a series of insults, accompanied by Bible passages--ironic, I know. At the end, the sender pasted a review of the movie The Golden Compass, titled “Will your kid discover his personal ‘daemon’?” The critical piece argued that Hollywood’s “relentless goal” might be “to de-flower, de-Christianize and paganize Western youth”. The conclusion tells parents that “The dark spirits encircling this movie, as with the books, are palpable and will eat our young alive.”

The review didn’t bother me much, for this type of ignorant, closed-minded opinions are all over the Internet. I take that back, one thing did annoy me: the disrespect of the writer who failed to capitalize the words Paganism or Pagan, when referring to the spiritual path and its followers. I’m pissed off, but hardly surprised, for I know that stupidity is rarely restricted to just one part of the brain.

The email as whole, especially the message it promoted, did hurt me. It sadden me to think that someone can hold so much malice in his heart, to wish harm to innocent--even unborn--creatures. I don’t care what anyone says about me. I'm a grown woman who knows how to take care of herself. But when some idiot attacks my future children, I get angry. Ask me how bad I wanted to scream nasty things to that person? How bad I wanted to curse his existence? How bad, for one short instance, I wanted to cause him harm? Very bad. But I’m better than him so I didn’t.

I replied with the following note instead:

Sir,

I don’t believe in hell, but I do know that what goes around comes around, so I’ll pray for your children. I pray that your ill intent doesn't touch them, for they shouldn’t have to pay for your bigotry or your ignorance.

I would appreciate if you didn't email me again. May the Gods cleanse your soul.

Wicked Darlings, I was in in tears when I started writing this post, but not now. The Boyfriend called me, in between, and I’m feeling much better. Nevertheless, I’m still angry deep inside. I don’t want to be, so send me some of your positive energy.


In Darkness? Light! So please make me shine again…

42 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry that you had to deal with that type of email. It was such a beautiful day and being bummed because of someone else's ignorance is such a waste of energy; but we all do it trying to find a way to enlighten them.
    Close your eyes; Take a deep breath; You've done what you can, very nicely said. Congratulations. Sending you positive thoughts...

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thanks so much Judy, you are a real ray of sunshine ;)

    ReplyDelete
  3. You handled that situation so well. A lot of people would have either fired off a really angry, hateful reply, or completely shut down.
    That takes guts, what you did :)
    *sends poofs of positive energy at you*

    ReplyDelete
  4. Thanks Lea, you are a darling. You also put me in a Harry Potter state of mind, so I'm going to watch Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. Know what? I'll watch The Golden Compass too, that will surely make me feel better ;)

    ReplyDelete
  5. That was a good reply.

    You can feel good about yourself not only for your restraint but for that wish that the gods cleanse a soul that - were Hell to exist - would certainly be in it.

    Consider yourself anointed with soothing balm.

    ReplyDelete
  6. I am sorry that a gorgeous day was tainted by such hatred! What happened to love and forgiveness; caring and sharing?? I don't know...I am just saying..!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

    ReplyDelete
  7. I don't have all the answers and would never pretend I did. I can not say this is right or this is, no one really can...it's all in the believing.

    I respect your right to believe any way you want to believe and hope that you have happiness with in that belief.

    There is never a reason to send hate mail. If we want to quote bible verses, Judge not, lest ye be judged, should be a lesson for the man who was so mean.

    I am so sorry that he has to be so full of hate. I would think a kind loving message would be more effective.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I've been lucky enough not to come into contact with this sort of bigotry and ignorant hatred so I always end up fooling myself into thinking it doesn't exist. Then I read something like this and it reminds me that the hatred is out there causing harm to innocents just trying to live their lives. It reminds me how much needs to be done in the world.
    I am truly sorry you come into contact with such spiteful people... But I'm glad you were able to rise above and I'm proud of you for showing restraint (and I'm glad your boyfriend made you feel better).
    Sending a boatload of positive energy your way and a hug too ;)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Like Jon I haven't experienced this kind of thing first hand. Somehow it surprises me when I come across someone talking about it, even though I know it's out there.

    I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, but remember -- you've still got a bunch of us who are here when you need a hug! Ok, so I can't actually hug you for real, but.... :D

    ReplyDelete
  10. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Sorry for deleting. My spelling was terrible.

    I am sorry to hear your day was as pitiful as my own... though for other reasons. Tomorrow is a new day. With every new day, a new ray of sunshine. I hope tomorrow brings you the day of happiness you deserve.

    This may sound like a ridiculous comment but consider going to a duck pond tomorrow. Pack a picnic lunch, extra bread for the duckies. It always makes my family feel better. Since you would be able to go alone a good book and some sunshine might be all it takes to brighten your day.

    Did you every get that Kindle Reader? You would have a ton of books to pick from.

    ReplyDelete
  12. I give you a lot of credit for replying in such a sincere and kind manner. I'm not sure how I would have responded, should someone have attacked my unborn, future children. It's one thing to attack someone who can defend themselves, it's another to drag an innocent defenseless soul into your circle of hate.

    Heaps of positive energy to you, may the anger within you fade quickly and may the rest of your weekend be joyous and bright.

    ReplyDelete
  13. The person who emailed you this stuff is a butthead. Butt. Head. Hmmph!

    *hugs*.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Ah, intolerance strikes again. I am quite impressed by your showing my dear. Sending love and light up to the moon to shine back down on you. I know you will shine just as brightly!

    ReplyDelete
  15. What an excellent reply, Magaly, one I'm sure will take them by surprise and maybe make them think a little. It's awful that anyone has to deal with that sort of thing as it is, but, if its any consolation, I think it's better that it happened to you--someone who doesn't throw fire at fire, but rather someone who rises above the flame.

    Also, and this is off-topic, so my apologies there. Just wanted to let you know that your comment on my blog totally made my day (not that my day has been bad). =)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Love, Light and Brightest Blessings to you! You handled yourself with the utmost of dignity and respect. The individual that sent you that nasty email will have his/her own karma to face.

    Peace,
    Cat

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a shame that you had to experience that. What a shame that there is so much hatred and mean-spiritedness in human beings. It was a good reply but wasted effort. That kind of person cannot be reached. It's best to just ignore and protect yourself against them. They will know the truth and they will have to face themselves in the end just like the rest of us.

    ReplyDelete
  18. This quote from Puerto Rican artist James De La Vega ( a personal friend of mine) always helps me in these situations prima, "Don't Let Idiots Ruin Your Day."

    ReplyDelete
  19. it does sadden and anger you knowing that such people still exist and will probably exist forever! breathe my friend deeply and profoundly and use this MANTRA- NO USE FOR ANGER!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Sorry in today times there is still such ignorance and hatred in people. I'm sending hugs and healing to you. People like that do not deserve attention or acknowledgement it just gives them power ignore the emails. Have a wonderful weekend.

    ReplyDelete
  21. I really can't understand why some people do have enough time and negative energy to sit down, write nasty emails and attack someone they don't even know personally.
    Do they *really* think you will change your religion after such a shit-mail? If so, they read to much chick tracts.

    Why is it so f**** important to make sure others believe the same as you do? Yes, it saddens to acknowledge the sole existence of such people. But after all, if they didn't exist, we wouldn't have all the wars.

    It's also pretty amazing to hear that even some Pagans can come up with that intolerant behavior. It's bigotry just under another assignment. After all, ALL Pagans are eclectic, because there is not a real "unchanged" tradition since the pre-Christian times left and even in these times, Pagan content was interchanged between cultures, so what. I follow the Goddesses and Gods I am touched by and don't bother if they come from different traditions.

    I can understand very well that you are pissed off by such stupid mails. Feel yourself hugged.

    BB

    Diana

    ReplyDelete
  22. You are a much better Pagan than I will ever be. I admire you for your ability to respond in such a kind manner to a mail that probably deserved - uhm, different things. (If I'm wrong and there *are* heaven and hell, I'll be visiting the latter. But honestly, that way suits me perfectly. *g*)

    In most European states, as far as I know, common knowledge of Paganism and witchcraft is not spread as far as in the USA, so we do not get as much hate mail and negative attention. But I lost one or two (as I thought) good friends over not being a good Christian.

    Well, I wish you all the best. Don't let them get to you. Life goes downhill fast enough without our help. (^v^)

    ReplyDelete
  23. *gentle hugs* I think...a lot of times when people lash out at others like that...that a lot of times it has very little to do with the target of their anger, and everything to do with some deep wound inside themselves, and so they attack because they can't fix themselves. Their pain must be everyone else's fault. And so..it must be a very sad existence to live like them. And while yes, I would like very much to flatten the tires and toilet paper the houses of idiots like the one who e-mailed you, I also feel very, very sad for them.

    You're beautiful, Magaly. Keep right on shining, he can't extinguish your light with his hurts.

    ReplyDelete
  24. They spelled defiance wrong . . .
    I think that says it all really.
    Not only are christians poor spellers but probably here, in this world, to remind us that hell is real and it's here. On this earth.
    In the form of christian zealots.
    The good news is that we don't have to consider them human until they pull their heads out of their ass, stand up straight, and take their very first breath of fresh air.
    I realize the profound stupidity of advocating you answer hatred with hatred but I think of it this way.
    Everybody gets one.
    Save yours for something more tangible and satisfying than an email flame war.
    Good for you for taking the high road.
    But also keep in mind by sharing this story with us readers you may have unknowingly caused untold amounts of people to anonymously hate this person who wrote you those nasty words.
    In doing so he may experience untold personal horrors for having offended you.
    Yet your psychic hands remain clean.
    See?
    All’s well that ends well.
    Cheer up snow flake.

    ReplyDelete
  25. I am so sorry you get this kind of mail. I hope that the positive feedback you get from us, balances the whole thing. Anyway, i can't believe pagans actually say those kinds of things. It is ridiculous. Most pagans are eclectic. It is only natural with all the information we get in this time of age. I do not capitalise pagans(or christians,or buddhists..) because we are just humans. I do capitalise deities such as the Lady, or Aphrodite and even Christ.
    When it comes to christians, it is not easy to get in terms with the closemindness of some of them. But like muslims their religion teaches intolerance against other religions. I hope and pray for a time we can all unite our hearts together no matter how we call our Gods.
    I get pissed off whenever i hear about those things, it is only natural.
    But now i am sending all my love and light, while i am letting you know your blog is one of my favourites. I love the way you write and think about our religion, spirituality and everything that comes into your beautiful head. Do not let the bad stuff get you.
    Brightest blessings of peace, serenity,calmness and happiness.
    Georgina

    ReplyDelete
  26. Ouch. And double ouch. Hate is such an insidious thing, isn't it?

    What amazes me most is how someone who spews such venom is usually mirroring their own deep seated self. Re-read the woman's letter and in place of "you" put "I". You will get a clear understanding of what she thinks of herself and what her greatest fears about herself are.

    Your story reminded me of the time I was pulled aside in church by the preacher. It was right after the service in full view of everyone and he was lecturing me on how much leg I was showing and how it was an abomination and a sin. (I was wearing a skirt, cut just above the knee)A snotty woman stood beside him, arms crossed, a frown on her face, nodding her head.Being a fairly shy girl at the time,and only 16 I was mortified,humiliated and in tears over his viciousness. (he was practically spitting he was so mad)

    Mortified and humiliated...That was until something behind the preacher's head caught my eye. From where I was standing I could see a gap in one of the stained glass windows where there was no colour, but clear glass. The movement that caught my eye was the preacher's son(who obviously had skipped the service altogether) with his pants down having sex with the snotty-arm-crossed woman's daughter against the church shed. I almost burst out laughing right then and there; I looked quickly down at my shoes trying not to smile.

    "Do you think this is funny young lady???!!!" The preacher asked.

    I held my head up. "Yes,as a matter of fact, yes I do." And my sixteen year old self got her first lesson in the mirrors people use to hide their own dark shadows.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Magaly,
    You an I have been talking back and forth for a while now, and I think you have a loving, beautiful spirit.

    I'm a Christian and I would never say the hateful things that you posted above. I'm sorry you had to read that trash.

    Hope you're not offended when I say that you are more Christian than some Christians I know.

    Your Christian Friend,
    Melissa

    ReplyDelete
  28. Heron, your “soothing balm” worked wonders, you have a wonderful touch. Thanks my dear friend ;)

    Slommer, I think love and forgiveness is all around, your comment is good proof of that.

    Gail, I was telling The Boyfriend just that yesterday. One of the reasons why I’ve included some of the teachings of Jesus Christ in my Eclectic Vault, is because there are some powerful--beautiful--lessons to be learned from them. Some people have don’t just some horrible things in his name, but that would never make me forget the real thing.

    Jon, I’m glad you haven’t, no one should have to put up with things like this. However, I’m grateful to have good friends like you to hug the pain away and make me forget about the stupidity of some random individuals. Thanks for the hugs!

    Sarita, of course you an hug me “for real”, just think about it REAL hard lol. I’m glad you have not witness ignorance on the first degree ;)

    One Pink Fish, this is so funny, but I thought of you and this comment when List Randomizer picked today’s blog to be Touched by Pagan Culture Saturdays! You see, it was a bit cold to go out, but I did get a huge selection of stories, didn’t I? Oh, I didn’t get the Kindle, there were so many expenses when my grandma passed away that I decided to wait. I’m glad I did too, a friend told me to check out a Nokia Notebook and I’m seriously thinking about getting that instead. It lets me read, write, blog… and the difference in price is not much.

    D. Duplicki, thanks so much for those words, but I might not be as deserving because I was pissed out of my mind. I’m glad to have The Boyfriend and you guys to remind me that the world is full of wonderful people. I’ll never let my life be ruled by one of two of the rotten ones.

    Janicu, you put such a smile on my face. I could almost see you pouting and hugging me to make all better. Thanks!

    Leathra, I’m shining like silver globe above in the sky!

    Emma, experience has told me that fighting fire with fire is a dangerous game--I’ve been burned a few times and I didn’t like it. We grow and we learn. It is sad that some people never do, no matter how old they get to be, but hey, that’s life. I’m glad my comment made your day. BTW, she also loved your sketches. Oh, and you inspired an interesting looking stick horse.

    Cat, my point exactly. I used to be quick to try to deliver what I thought people deserved, but I don’t waste my time or energy on it today. I know that balance is what rules the word and our actions will catch on to us, eventually.

    Ellen Abbot, I know what you mean and I hope with all my heart that you are wrong. Aren’t there times when you wish to be wrong? I know there have been some for me. I used to tell myself that people were predisposed to dislike/hate Paganism, for humanity is so terrified of what it doesn’t understand. Then one day I noticed that I was contributing to that thought by not sharing what I knew, the beauty… by not giving people a chance. I’m glad to say that MANY people have proved me wrong since. The process is slow, but every person who I hear say--or write--“I’m so glad you told me“, is a victory. I know that some are lost forever, but I’m hoping for the rest.

    Filho de Logunede, amén primo.

    Melissa aka Equidae, I did some breathing and some chanting and it worked!

    Frau, you are right and I usually do. But there are times when they leave a nasty heavy feeling in my heart, so I have to say something. I guess, I’m silly enough to believe that maybe, just maybe they’ll be touched. I’m a dreamer.

    Diana, I’ve learned that stupid comes in all shades, sides and have different “spiritual” calling. That is the reason why I don’t judge a religion, or any type of group, as a whole. People are what make things good or bad, so yes we have some Pagans out there I don’t care to claim as members of our path. And trust me, many Christians feel the same about a few who claim to be of their calling too.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Diandra, I’ve noticed that I don’t get dinner invitations from certain friends since I started blogging about my beliefs. I’ve always been out of the broom closet, but now that they know other people know they “discretely” avoid me. I smile at them, for I don’t mine much. Who needs “friends” like them anyway?

    Lyon, don’t forge about tampons in their gas tank lol. I’m not perfect either, so I have my moments when I want to just get even, but I’m getting older and wiser--and more scared of the cops--so I those urges don’t have a strong hold on me. Thanks for your kind words, they make the act of holding back, so absolutely worth it.

    Cogent Ascending, I’ve missed you so much! There are times when we all need your no-bull-crap-frankness, not to mention your dark humor. You know, my intension with posting this was to feed from the good energies, friends like you would send me, I needed it badly. It never occurred to me that the other guy would get, well, the short end of his own stick. Poor bastard!

    GreekWitch, thanks so much my darling. I’ve noticed that many people don’t use CAPS when talking about religions and although grammatical incorrect--my high school English teacher would probably hunt me down if I don’t point that out--I do understand your reasoning. But you don’t capitalize any, that’s fair. What drives nuts is when people do it to intentionally marginalized a spiritual belief they think is beneath their own. It just makes me mad. But with all the calming energies you sent I’m feeling better already ;)

    Susanne, WOW! Are you serious? That is almost as bad as the priest who told me that I was an insolent for trying to speak to God on my own, but he would go and hit on the ladies after mass--honest. He was a drunk too. But he was just a very bad example, for I know many good priests, some who are my very good friends and eternal philosophy of religion lets-argue-until-our-tongues-fall-out-buddies. I’m still laughing at your memory. WOW!

    Melissa, I’m not offended in the least. In the past, I used to feel mildly uncomfortable when Christian friends would look at me with a strange look on their faces and say “You don’t act like a Pagan.” I would usually reply, “You must not know many Pagans, for the majority of us act this way.” I don’t think that a religion can define who we are--although they might nudge us to go a certain route--but our actions are what make the real difference. Thanks so much for your words.

    In fact, I want to thank all of you guys. You REALLY dragged out of the dumps. I’m no longer angry, not even a bit. I’m happy and smiling alike a fool. I’m thinking that I might get a dirty look every now and then, but I have so many good friends that the malice of a mean glance will never touch me. Thanks so much my Wicked Darlings!

    ReplyDelete
  30. Just remember, if you are upsetting someone, you must be saying something that "gets" to them. Otherwise they wouldn't/couldn't be bothered. But I am glad The Boyfriend and all your other replies made you feel better.

    ReplyDelete
  31. This is why I hide. The nasty whispers in my head say I'm a coward but I know that for everything there is a time and place. I've been public in the past and I was a good little soldier. I did good by our religions. Then I got smacked down hard and now is my time to recover while others further our cause. My next turn will come again when it's time.

    You do a fabulous job of furthering our fight for equality but don't be afraid to take a break when these things get to you. It's just all taking care of you so that you have it to give when it's asked of you.

    Love and hugs to you, gentle soldier :)

    ReplyDelete
  32. They send you hatemail.. wow just wow. Gotta love these fundamentalist christians, spitting their nonsense and then in the end they always tell one they will go to hell. It always puzzles me how a HUMAN a MAMMAL has the nerve to tell another one how they will go to hell, what makes them the shit police anyhow?!
    Well if there is such thing as heaven and hell ( which I believe when I see it ), then I am sure it may be a fine place (insert sarcasm) I would rather hang with souls who are intellectuals in "hell" then some republican fundamentalists playing some harps in pouffy heaven, lol.
    I don't know if its just me, but these hate mailing christians always seem like some very angry and unhappy people to me.
    You just keep doing what you're doing Magaly, and let these people rot in their own created " hell".

    ReplyDelete
  33. I'm so sorry you had to get that kind of email, hate is never something I would wish on anyone. Good for you in your response, it was so well written, I'm not sure I could have responded in such a kind manner to someone who attacked me in such a way. I hope that you are not letting it get you down too much though, remember that people always get their comeuppance.

    ReplyDelete
  34. My own mother-in-law thinks because I'm Pagan, I must practice black magick. Ignorance seems to be running rampant when it comes to our path.

    However, I think your reply to said bigot couldn't have been more perfect; classy, with teeth. :)

    No matter what others think, I KNOW what a wonderful person you are. And I love you oodles.

    )O(
    boo

    ReplyDelete
  35. Bastard!

    Listen to me, Missy... dry your pretty eyes and don't give your accuser one more minute of your time.

    The single-most damaging thing that Christians do to themselves is judge and point their fire and brimstone fingers at non-believers. If Christ is all about love then Christians should reflect that love. They should be all about love and acceptance. But a good many Christians spew such ugliness and hatred in the name of evangelism it often backfires and makes the rest of us look like hypocrites.

    I think it's important in life to have an open mind and to consider lots of things. It is by contrasting and comparing those elements that we discover and build our beliefs. I think it's the people who are most insecure in their beliefs that shout the loudest. Isn't the point of any religion to take on the characteristics of the good and pure? As Christians, we are to be Christlike. To be firm in our beliefs and to witness to the world. I think a lot of Christians get a little carried away with the witnessing and end up being counterproductive. Nobody wants religion crammed down their throats and to do so is to be undermining the whole purpose of witnessing. You witness by example, not by threatening.

    Everyone deserves truth. We all seek it in our own way. We all find it in our own way too. But regardless of what we believe in our hearts and on what our spirituality is based, we can still be tolerant of one another. We can still reach out. Still be friends. Still love one another. I can still be a Christian and have a Pagan sister. It's too bad more people don't just freaking relax.

    Now, let's forget the dickwad and get back to being happy. Okay?

    ReplyDelete
  36. MouseDemon, you are right, sometimes I wish I was more desensitized about intolerance, so that this kind of people couldn't get to me. But then again I think that if I stop caring, I might stop trying to find ways to let others understand that Paganism is not bad, just different. So I'll continue caring, I'll just try to find a healthy happy medium. Until then, I hope The Boyfriend, you, and the rest of my Wicked Darlings keep me going when it happens.

    Clandestiny, I believe in pursuing what I want. And by the Gods I want a world where we don't hate each other so much just because we don't love the things or the same way. I hope the Gods give me the strength to stay in the fight for as long as it is needed.

    Noor, is good to see you--I've missed you. Fundamentalism is bad no matter where is comes from, Christians are definitely not the only ones guilty of it. Like you said, if there is a hell and it is reserved for those who choose to think and question, then save me a warm spot I can't stand the cold.

    Tiffany, I won't lie things like that kind of get to me, but I'm happy I can reach out and get all the comfort I need from my friends and loved ones. Like I said before, I was one to fight fire with fired, then after getting sizzled to many times I realized that it might not be the best way to proceed. I'm much happier now that I trying to use intellect to put the fire out.

    Bridgett, I have family members who are scared of me, freaking SCARED! Can you believe this? They think like your mother-in-law. I hope they all can get passed that and realized that magic has no color, the ugliness or niceness of it, comes from the people who load it with their intent.

    Alix, I'm back in happy land :-D I hope more Christians and people from all religions realized that this is not a competition to see who gets the biggest amount of followers. Also, you can not "save" a person by force. What is more, no one can make you believe but the Gods and yourself, so screaming blasphemy is not going to get anything from anyone. We just need to worry about the purity of our hearts and pray for our fellow man. We can try to spread messages of peace, when these are requested and wanted, but no own learns with someone else's head.

    Thanks so much for your kind words guys ;)

    ReplyDelete
  37. I am sorry you got such an insulting and downright hateful email. Why do some people think every person on earth should believe just like them. You responded to it with much more class and kindness than I am afraid I would have. Kudos to you. Oh and if I sometimes forget to capitalize Pagan, please feel free to correct me but don't take it personal. I just happen to have horrible grammar and spelling alike!

    ReplyDelete
  38. Thanks very much for your words. I don't know why people take the time to do such things either (or to spam other lol). And don't worry about your grammar/spelling, here on Pagan Culture, most of us know who does it on purpose. The ones who really bother me are those people who do it just to be disrespectful.

    BTW, it is so nice to see you here again!

    ReplyDelete
  39. I really can't understand why some people do have enough time and negative energy to sit down, write nasty emails and attack someone they don't even know personally.
    Do they *really* think you will change your religion after such a shit-mail? If so, they read to much chick tracts.

    Why is it so f**** important to make sure others believe the same as you do? Yes, it saddens to acknowledge the sole existence of such people. But after all, if they didn't exist, we wouldn't have all the wars.

    It's also pretty amazing to hear that even some Pagans can come up with that intolerant behavior. It's bigotry just under another assignment. After all, ALL Pagans are eclectic, because there is not a real "unchanged" tradition since the pre-Christian times left and even in these times, Pagan content was interchanged between cultures, so what. I follow the Goddesses and Gods I am touched by and don't bother if they come from different traditions.

    I can understand very well that you are pissed off by such stupid mails. Feel yourself hugged.

    BB

    Diana

    ReplyDelete
  40. What a shame that you had to experience that. What a shame that there is so much hatred and mean-spiritedness in human beings. It was a good reply but wasted effort. That kind of person cannot be reached. It's best to just ignore and protect yourself against them. They will know the truth and they will have to face themselves in the end just like the rest of us.

    ReplyDelete
  41. What an excellent reply, Magaly, one I'm sure will take them by surprise and maybe make them think a little. It's awful that anyone has to deal with that sort of thing as it is, but, if its any consolation, I think it's better that it happened to you--someone who doesn't throw fire at fire, but rather someone who rises above the flame.

    Also, and this is off-topic, so my apologies there. Just wanted to let you know that your comment on my blog totally made my day (not that my day has been bad). =)

    ReplyDelete
  42. I give you a lot of credit for replying in such a sincere and kind manner. I'm not sure how I would have responded, should someone have attacked my unborn, future children. It's one thing to attack someone who can defend themselves, it's another to drag an innocent defenseless soul into your circle of hate.

    Heaps of positive energy to you, may the anger within you fade quickly and may the rest of your weekend be joyous and bright.

    ReplyDelete