A rather serious, sad, and angry post today. I recently read this blog post by Sannion at The House of Vines. If you read the whole article, you will find that he speaks of a women, Tess Dawson, a Canaanite polytheist, who has apparently become the focus of attacks by people, simply because Sannion mentioned her and her work in one of his posts. And in this case I take great personal grievance at this, as I consider Tess Dawson a friend of mine – a term I don’t use lightly.
Apparently the people whom Sannion has made his enemies over the years – finding that attacking Sannion himself is pointless – are going after his associates, or apparently pretty much everyone he mentions. He mentions in his discourse on the attacks against Tess Dawson a few people who posted crap about her, and links to some. You can find those here and here. Both these blog posts are in reaction to this blog post by Tess, concerning the situation in Syria and people praying for peace there, without invoking the deities of the cultures that once existed in this region.
These people accuse Tess of proselytising, and trying to recruit more followers for her belief. She is painted as a evil cult leader almost, when all she is doing is speaking the truth, speaking out, and being unapologetic about it. She says that prayers to the Gods for peace in Syria ought to include the native Gods of that region. Apparently this counts as proselytising. Well la-di-da, shut the f*ck up. Do you seriously think it’s okay to pray for peace in some region of the world without invoking the native Gods of that region as well? Do you think it’s all right to pray for the people who lost their lives and/or homes with the tsunami and nuclear situation in Fukushima, without at least invoking the Gods of Japan also? Or to pray the India will overcome the rampant ill-treatment of women, without invoking Durga Mā, or Mahā Kālī, or any indigenous deity from India? To pray that the situation in Egypt will stabilise without also calling upon Amun-Ra, Ma’at, Horus, and the Gods and Goddesses of ancient Egypt?
Then why the f*ck are you attacking Tess for saying the very same thing about the Syrian situation?!? Unless you’re a bigoted, small-minded asshole trying to get to someone else, or trying to further your own agenda. Then this kind of cowardly, uncalled for, lowly attacks against a perfectly good and pious person like Tess Dawson, who is deeply devoted to her Gods and a firm proponent of both her religion and of polytheism in general, who probably has done more stuff for her religion and polytheism in general then you’ve ever considered doing. Shame on you, and shame on “paganism” for letting people like you get away with this bullcr*p. Now go read Tess’s post again and read what she’s ACTUALLY writing. F*ckers.
*End rant* Just needed to get this off my chest. You may continue with your daily business.