Recently the topic of left hand paths of spirituality came up in a conversation with some Pagans, and I asked out of curiousity about Bay Area Satanism; the Church of Satan was established here along with a number of other LHP traditions and philosophies. It was at this point the problem of racism and fascism in some pagan paths was mentioned. Now, I had done extensive research whilst taking a survey class in “Violence in American Religious History” during my undergraduate years, which involved the exploration of National Alliance, a Neo-Nazi group which advocates White Pride philosophical ideologies; they also justify their lifestyle and behavior with scriptures and re-interpretations of the Christian Bible. I had never given any consideration to Pagans or other non-mainstream religious folks having similar motivations; boy was I naïve. I am in no way, shape/form a Nazi, racist, or fascist. I do not adhere to the beliefs and politics of socialism nor nationalism. However, some would see my adopted attitude of “do what thou wilt” as somehow being supportive of these ideas. This is simply not true. I think it would be fair to also acknowledge that groups such as the KKK, the Black Panthers, or even the Irish National Army meet technical 'requirements' for being considered a hate group (at least by the Southern Poverty Law Center). I think there is a danger in using labels; it is an infringement upon the rights of others (including those of racists):
“Hate group activities can include criminal acts, marches, rallies, speeches, meetings, leafleting or publishing. Websites appearing to be merely the work of a single individual, rather than the publication of a group, are not included in this list. Listing here does not imply a group advocates or engages in violence or other criminal activity”.
And in balance with this 'hate' is the Love they have for their culture, heritage, and race; but somehow this part gets lost. Why is there something wrong with NOT loving everybody? I am not condoning hate for people in generalities... such as hating a specific ethnicity or subcultural group; but why should I feel guilty for hating someone who has wronged me? Am I only to hate Hitler or love Obama? No... I don't know either of these blokes and wouldn't pretend to. I love what Anton LaVey says in The Satanic Bible about Love and Hate... it is a set of realistic terms and perspectives in which I reluctantly agree with:
“Love is one of the most intense feelings felt by man; another is hate. Forcing yourself to feel indiscriminate love is very unnatural. If you try to love everyone you only lessen your feelings for those who deserve your love. Repressed hatred can lead to many physical and emotional aliments. By learning to release your hatred towards those who deserve it, you cleanse yourself of these malignant emotions and need not take your pent-up hatred out on your loved ones.”
The Pagan community as a whole has a habit of being open and welcoming to unusual or fringe ideologies and lifestyles; we are rather accepting even when we disagree (at least in the past it was this way). The longer I stay in the Pagan community, the more intolerance I see though. And it's not just the fundamental traditionalists any more... now it's the extreme leftists infringing on everyone; including any and all belief systems or people in their wave of tolerance. At some point the once exclusive and tight-nit covens of the past became these global, self-initiated paths in which anyone could join. Social Darwinism mandates that only the strong survive... that giving esoteric information to those who prove to be deserving, of skill and dedication makes much more sense than educating the masses on mysteries, whilst turning a buck.
No... witchcraft and paganism is pure, wild, and in our blood. No matter where our ancestors hail from, there are those of the old magick lineage who have the natural abilities and means to remember. We each have an individual path and approach to God/Self so long as it does not infringe on others. We are the elite and strong. It is what we LIKE about it, having power and separating ourselves from the herds of NORMAL, non-magical folk. Admit it and stop judging each other: penis, vagina, love, hate, violence or peace... our diversity makes us strong and mutual respect is exclusive.