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49. Some people get off on the "edgy" thing. Of course, the same thing can be said about witchcraft.
Tue Jun 17, 2014, 02:26 AM
Jun 2014

I'm not going to deny that part of the appeal when I was learning about this new religion called Wicca was that it was unique, and different, and I liked being both. There were, of course, also aspects of the religion that spoke to me, so the two in combination made me at first want to be very "out" about my newfound faith (except to my very Baptist grandmother).

After a boss searched my cubicle looking for voodoo dolls of her after learning I considered myself to be a witch, I decided perhaps it was best to back it down a notch. I wear no jewelry that readily identifies me as Pagan or Wiccan, because a star in a circle freaks a lot of people out down here in the South. I don't advertise it that often because people either freak out or get all "woo" with me and want to know all about it and if I really have any Seekrit Magickal Powerz. I practice primarily with people I've known for a decade or more.

Just like my religion started with a dirty old man wanting to chase after naked women under the moonlight with a whip in hand and then screw them, so he made a religion so he could (fortunately one of those women turned it into a religion actually worth following, and no you aren't going to find ritual sex or scourgings, or even much nakedness under the moon, in the vast majority of modern Wiccan Circles) -- religions become more than their founders started with, even in a short amount of time.

That would make her a Libertarian AgingAmerican Jun 2014 #1
That's just what I was going to say. Aristus Jun 2014 #31
That's LaVayan Satanism. Which is not the same as other forms of Satanism. Gravitycollapse Jun 2014 #48
Okay. Aristus Jun 2014 #59
the same way being a Christian makes her a Republican? 0rganism Jun 2014 #63
Honestly? No. Way too creepy. nt ecstatic Jun 2014 #2
But see, I strongly suspect they enjoy that reaction far too much. moriah Jun 2014 #8
Depends on the denomination Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #12
We're not creepy Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #9
Sorry. I guess I watch way too many ecstatic Jun 2014 #28
It's ok, I've watched many of those movies too Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #34
Most who self-define as "Satanist" don't believe in the Biblical "Satan", soooooo.... moriah Jun 2014 #3
So why do they call themselves "satanists" then? Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #15
The Satanist in this thread seemed to concur.... moriah Jun 2014 #17
Well, all I can say is that Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #18
What if they told you they were a witch? n/t moriah Jun 2014 #19
That depends Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #21
Well, Satanism got about the same bad rep as witchcraft, and through similar means.... moriah Jun 2014 #23
I think that the word "witch" is kind of neutral Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #30
Why not get to know them and what they believe LostOne4Ever Jun 2014 #44
I've known people like that before Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #46
That's the same reason many people despise atheists. beam me up scottie Jun 2014 #50
Some people get off on the "edgy" thing. Of course, the same thing can be said about witchcraft. moriah Jun 2014 #49
Why is that? Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #36
Have you ever thought that the term "Satanist" just creeps people out? Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #39
... Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #40
Admittedly, the term "muslim" is viewed negatively by many Christians, Art_from_Ark Jun 2014 #43
And what else should we call ourselves? Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #55
Apparently, someone took great umbrage. It was a ridiculous alert, and got what it deserved. Tarheel_Dem Jun 2014 #60
I'm not OK with her, period. Has nothing to do with religeous beliefs. NYC_SKP Jun 2014 #4
I believe that you just described Satanism... R. Daneel Olivaw Jun 2014 #6
I get that whatchamacallit Jun 2014 #7
I actually AM a Satanist Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #5
Ahh, a thiestic Satanist! moriah Jun 2014 #10
There aren't many of us around Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #14
That is fascinating. I've never heard of Satanism from that perspective before. liberal_at_heart Jun 2014 #37
Well, glad to meet you! n/t Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #38
Technically, that is quintessentially satanist. Gravitycollapse Jun 2014 #45
She worships Wall St... isn't that the same thing? HooptieWagon Jun 2014 #11
I'll have to think about it Skittles Jun 2014 #13
I don't care what a candidate's faith is. hrmjustin Jun 2014 #16
Only if she were a Socialist. roody Jun 2014 #20
LaVeyan Satanism, at least, seems more compatible with Randian libertarianism than with socialism. nomorenomore08 Jun 2014 #24
I'd be cool with her faith if it was progressive. delrem Jun 2014 #22
An argument can be made that Christianity isn't harmless n/t geomon666 Jun 2014 #25
I'd like it if she was a Wiccan. Nye Bevan Jun 2014 #26
But do we really want them to get better? n/t moriah Jun 2014 #47
I was OK with Nixon being a Quaker. And, I'm OK with Hil being a Methodist. Tierra_y_Libertad Jun 2014 #27
Muslin, Satinist, Linenist? What's the diff? n/t eridani Jun 2014 #29
No. Jenoch Jun 2014 #32
For me the turn off is not the religion but the particular religious group that she hung with newthinking Jun 2014 #33
Well... it wouldn't be pandering BS, but it's still just magical thinking. nt Demo_Chris Jun 2014 #35
Well, at least you're consistent Prophet 451 Jun 2014 #41
Would you be cool with Rand Paul if he was aa atheist? rug Jun 2014 #42
If she was a Stalinist I doubt she'd be a popular president. Kablooie Jun 2014 #51
The only thing Stalinists and Satanists have in common is hipster facial hair: Ken Burch Jun 2014 #54
moot point. There's no conflict between satanism and support for military interventionism. n/t. Ken Burch Jun 2014 #52
Um, fuck no. Skip Intro Jun 2014 #53
I'd be happy to see... malokvale77 Jun 2014 #56
I'm, what I liked to call, a constitutional atheist. Javaman Jun 2014 #57
At least it would be something different and new for a presidential candidate . . . hatrack Jun 2014 #58
She could worship me, and I still wouldn't vote for her. bigwillq Jun 2014 #61
Coming out as a Satanist would be a remarkable act of political courage... Orsino Jun 2014 #62
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