Shannon Watts is wrong.

No, it really isn't.

No, it really isn’t.

Not only is she wrong, she MUST be wrong, because her being right is going to take all of us somewhere nobody wants to go.

Let’s talk about the horse I have in this race. I may not be Christian, and they may have once butchered their way across Europe, converting by the sword. But that? That was looooooong ago. And it didn’t happen to me, or any of my ancestors going back for generations. Go back far enough, and it definitely did. But you know what? That affected them, not me.

But hey, there will always be a sore spot there in our souls. I get that.

But this? This is not what a Christian nation looks like.

And we need to, not as pagans, but as kind, honest, and decent people, step up to defend the rights and right to belief of Christians everywhere.

Pictures like the above example are where things like this start.

A massacre in Kenya, with militants who hate Christianity (because they were brought up to hate those who believe differently) executing them wantonly.

Oh hey, you want to see another picture of what hate looks like?

Here’s a shot of the aftermath.

Every one of them, Christians. They just wanted to study and make something of themselves and the world they lived in.

Every one of them, Christians. They just wanted to study and make something of themselves and the world they lived in.

This is the kind of hate that what is rising in America will slowly engender. Hate doesn’t exactly have an “off” switch. It will just grow, and spread. Hate as virus. Hate as plague.

Like any illness, it starts small, unnoticeable.

Like any virus, you don’t see the threat at the start.

Like any plague, left unchecked it will leave unconscionable numbers of murdered dead.

So, let’s wind back to that picture at the top of this piece. See it? Good. That, dear readers, is the first cough, or the first sniffle. The first inklings of a fever or a sore throat as infection sets in. An example of it, at any rate. Do I think that Christians will be murdered wholesale in the United States? Probably not. But it’s far easier to oppress and get away with it. Christianity will be clamped down, rather than being taught to reform itself, and those Christian extremists are the justification that will be used to make it happen. And then? That will spread. It may be the Jews, or the Buddhists. Maybe the Hindus or the Muslims. It could be us, the neopagans of America who have just now started to find our feet and are still often looked upon as “odd” or “deviant”, and even discriminated against. But they will come for someone. Hate doesn’t take a holiday, and Hate and Oppression are the happiest bedfellows imaginable.

We need to take a firm stand against hate groups, but we must also defend the larger faith, and its right to exist. If it makes you uncomfortable to defend Christianity as a Pagan, then do it as a proud, compassionate soul who loves liberty, and the freedom to believe and worship as you choose in this life.

If we do not defend Christianity now, we will not be able to defend ourselves later.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

     ~Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

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