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  •  and Ms. Bagnoli BELIEVES in the craft (31+ / 0-)

    For her to believe that her car heater had been "hexed" (I don't hex anyone, that's dark majik and Wicca isn't the dark arts) and if she is Christian, then isn't she also rejecting her own faith and putting faith in the ability of another faith to circumvent her god's power?

    So, put another way, to believe that there was a hex at all means that Bagnoli would be polytheistic, believing that the gods empowered the work of Ms. Smith to cause injury to Ms. Bagnoli.

    I've been out of the broom closet at work for years. I am happy to say that I didn't get harassment for my faith, for my politics, yes, but not my faith. I'm also a Federal Government employee.  I wonder how different that case might be if I found offense to the overt Christianity in my workplace. The woman 500 feet away who listens to Christian talk radio all day (and no, I'm not submitting to any man, I'm confident in my ability to manage my own financial assets, thank you very much), or the women who tell me to have a blessed day, to which I normally respond, Ah, yes, blessed be. Or the Christians who tell me that Halloween is the Devil's playtime, to which I provide them the history of Samhain and how Oestara is the foundation of Easter and that we most strive for balance in our lives, etc... I could ramble on and on and on.

    I have some friends who don't understand and I value them as people. I love them for who they are, but they still have said they don't think I have a faith, that I'll burn in hell, that my soul is endanger, and my very Muslim boyfriend, well, he's been the most tolerant/accepting of all. He is curious about Wicca and encourages me to center myself, to perform rituals and to find positive energy everywhere and in all living things. He really amazes me. And then he still prays for me, to find my way to Allah, but merrily I go, and merry meet again!

    •  Not exactly. (8+ / 0-)
      "So, put another way, to believe that there was a hex at all means that Bagnoli would be polytheistic, believing that the gods empowered the work of Ms. Smith to cause injury to Ms. Bagnoli."

      The Bible tells Christians, "don't practice witchcraft". It doesn't tell us that "witchcraft doesn't work".

      The Bible contains instances of (ungodly) magic actually working.

      "Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake." (Exodus 7:11)

      Saul also consulted a witch who channeled the spirit of Samuel. (1 Samuel 28:3).

      The USA often has difficulty because our civil and legal values demand tolerance -- but most of us are Christians. As a Christian, I have to admit that we are not a particularly tolerant group, alas.

    •  Wicca is whatever its followers make it to be. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ultranaut, yaque

      Witness the myriad "traditions" that have sprung up since the time of Gerald Gardner and Doreen Valiente.

      Not all Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede.

      Also Z. Budapest, who has been around for quite some time has been quoted as saying "A witch who can not curse can not heal."

      None of this means that Ms. Smith should have lost her job.

      Child abuse casts a shadow the length of a lifetime. --Herbert Ward

      by Ana Thema on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 03:55:28 PM PDT

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