In today’s world, there are many things that appear to be the cause of war no matter the size of said war. Among the different reasons, religion seems to be one of these, as it is one of the most universal concepts that one sees today. One of the biggest religious groups is Christianity, which is the name for those that follow the subcategories such as Christian, Baptist, Lutheran and Mormon. Those that follow these different Christian religions often follow what the Bible tells them, accepting those who follow different religious paths, and seem to have big spirits in the sense that their acceptance runs deep into their souls.
However, there are those who seem to give Christians a bad name with their horrid behavior towards others of different religions. Some of these different religious paths fall under the category of Pagan. Paganism describes those following paths such as Druidism, Buddhism and Shamanism as well as Wicca. One of the many wars found within religion appears to be against Wiccans, and how some within the Christian community act towards and treat them.
Time wrote an article prior to Halloween that made many Wiccans furious. One part of the article goes so far as to compare witches to actual terrorists. It stated that the only difference there seemed to be between the two was that terrorists existed in real life whilst witches were not real in the least bit. The article goes further to say that witches enjoy causing destruction. It is nothing out of the ordinary that negativity comes on Halloween and is directed towards those that celebrate it, i.e. Wiccans, as well as towards the holiday itself. Many people who partake in Halloween events often find themselves victims to the harshness that comes from many people, including Christians.
The war that is seen within these two specific groups of religion appears to be a never-ending one. Many individuals of the Wiccan religion, on social media sites like Facebook, have found that they are not only disrespected but also hated for what they do or believe in. A good example would be a page, known as Disciples of the New Dawn, that has been known to not only make out that Wiccans are evil, but also that they cause harm. It looked as though most of the traffic picked up on this page and other pages like this, such as Exposing the Darkness, led up to Halloween. Not only were Wiccans portrayed as “doers of evil” and “clients of Satan,” but those following these religions seemed to be placed along the same lines as killers, thus furthering the war within religion surrounding Christianity and Paganism.
Some Christians, according to one article, tend to take things a bit far with their belief. The article states that certain people within the Christian faith believe that if one is not within the same faith, they will spend an eternity suffering within the depths of hell. This statement was followed up by how it would then become apparent that said people would need to be “saved from their sins” or saved from “continuing down a dark path.” Recently, a boy by the name of Jacob Crockett was nearly beheaded because of his religion and beliefs, according to one article. His assailant, Samuel Marin, a Christian follower, informed police that his weapon of choice was a machete. His reason for killing Crockett, as stated by the article, was because Crockett practiced in the ways of witchcraft.
However, the religious war found within these two is not just a one-sided coin. Some individuals of the Pagan faith have been known to do similar actions, even taking it as far as to harm others. There are even some Pagans that loath Christians because of their behavior towards them. This does not mean that each person within these two different paths is like this. Whilst others may take to extremes, the majority appear to be accepting of other religions, regardless of what is practiced or believed. The war within that surrounds these two specific groups of religion seems to be a never-ending, looping cycle. As hate breeds more hate, hateful actions spawn only more hateful actions until the dawn of the realization that at the end of the day, everyone is an individual, human soul.
Opinion by Isis E. Stevens