It appears that some folks are appalled and disgusted that anyone besides a "pure and wholesome Christian" can become a Mother. How dare a Pagan (as if spitting out the letter "P") Mother show a photo of herself cuddling and loving her newborn baby...ugh, how awful...and for a Mother to refer to herself as a Witch...surely her poor children are doomed to defile their bodies with piercings and tattoos, become drug addicts or criminals!
No matter that ALL of the Bloggers within the contest fit the criteria for the guidelines of the competition: Excellent writers sharing their passion for the parenting of their precious children, according to their faith, as a means to positively impact, assist and inspire others within the parameters of their blogs. Apparently, to some, anyone who follows the Old(est) Religion or faith, is not fit to compete among Christians, and these same folks seem entirely disgruntled upon finding Pagan blogs placed in the top ten by public voting methods.
In my 43 years, and throughout historical records, I have yet to see a group of Pagans or Witches gather together and attempt to enlist anyone of another faith to join them. Nor have I encountered anything less than respect from Pagans toward their fellow man. During the time of the Crusades, and the numerous other violent acts "in the name of God" or "righteousness" which followed, I would be embarrassed and angered by the acts of my followers...if I were their chosen God. I would be humiliated by those who claim to walk the pure path I've laid out for them to follow, yet spew injurious words and actions toward their brethren, whom I also would love.
Luke 6:37It is no wonder, really, that many who now follow the natural paths - living harmoniously in rhythm and unity with all of nature and mankind - are those who have previously followed the Christian paths. The best way to evoke respect, is to live in a respectable way by example. The examples shown by a handful of those following the Christian faith, is not something Pagans wish to partake in (along with many of their fellow Christians).
Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven:
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
And the King shall answer and say to them, Truly I say to you, Inasmuch as you have done it to one of the least of these my brothers, you have done it to me.
As Pagans, we strive to raise our families and live each hour of each day BEING the change we wish to see in the world. We take responsibility for our actions and in-actions, rather than expecting someone else to shoulder the repercussions for us. There is no one who will excuse our misdeeds. We build ourselves from within, seeking to achieve to become the best we can be. These are a few of the qualities we instill within our children.
A couple weeks ago, our public television station aired "The Freedom Riders", based on the events encountered by civil rights activists attempting to end segregation in the south in 1961. These brave souls took brutal beatings to work toward positive change...to work toward what is "right". I see my Pagan friends as "The Freedom Writers"; taking a stand toward achieving what is "right" without lowering themselves to the pathetic bashing of those who do not comprehend the reality of Paganism or Witchcraft.
I leave you now, dear friends, as I unhook my computer and move to a home we've dreamed of attaining for years. Yes, Pagans and Witches have dreams, morals and desires, too. We laugh, smile, cry, hope, "pray" for others, and work hard to achieve - just like anyone else.
Brightest Blessings to All - regardless of your faith or current level of confusion regarding differing faiths. May those who misunderstand find the truth - rather than be engulfed by the fear of misconceptions. Good luck to ALL of the entrants in the Top 25 Faith Blogs by Moms.
Inspired by her Native American roots and Bradbury lineage, Polly Taskey is a writer and grandmother in the northern USA. She shares her wisdom and pagan interests through Pagan by Design and The Moonlit Grove.