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Author Topic: Neo-Pagan Unity: Does it Exist, Should it Exist?  (Read 14653 times)
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« Reply #4: January 16, 2008, 04:25:31 pm »

I do and I don't agree with you and Faerie/Fausta about this.  I mean, I certainly don't blame Wicca as a whole for it, nor do I think that every Wiccan contributes to it.  In fact, most probably don't.  And the publishing industry and the media do play big parts in it.  However, even just here at TC I've run across too many people pushing for unity through homogenization and arguing the same way Bonewits does on the subject to feel comfortable not laying some of the blame at the feet of individuals who do seem to want "Pagan" to mean "Wiccan".

Those people exist, definitely. I just can't help but think that they themselves are the ones who aren't as knowledgeable as they think they are. For instance, their knowledge of the scope of Paganism is so limited they probably think all pagans share the same beliefs and so don't see why there is a problem with 'Pagan Unity'. Not that there is a problem, but as you have stated below, there is a big difference between unity and conformity.

Anyway.  It's one thing to want unity; it's another to create it by insisting that everyone define the term you're uniting behind the same way, conform or go piss off.  The two are not the same, but unfortunately a lot of the time people who are arguing for Pagan unity do come across like that's what they want.
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