~~ Ravan's Ravings - January 2000 ~~
A periodic diatribe on one or many issues in the neopagan
It is Monday, 21-Aug-2017 18:24:55 PDT in Silicon Valley, California.
The Religious Reich and Pagan Pacifism in the US
The Constitution Under Assault
Between the diatribes of Bob Barr and Strom Thurmond, the "pronouncements"
of Baby George Bush and various elected or candidate personages, the
nearly treasonous activities of congress, the calls by evangelical slime
to dissolve the wall between church and state (and "return" Christianity
to government), one would think that the Constitution was being used by
these people as toilet paper!
Don't these jerks read the Constitution and the Bill of Rights? Do they
really think that the religious freedom, separation of church and state,
and freedom of speech bits only apply when it's convenient for their
perverted brands of Christianity? They've shredded the Fourth amendment
(search and seizure - the whole civil asset forfeiture abomination).
They've gutted the Second Amendment and are performing further
amputations without anesthetic even as I type. They repeatedly try to
censor the net and ban encryption, making the First amendment a joke, all
in the name of "god" and "for the children". The provision of "no
religious test for office" has been rendered a farce by people who judge
someone more on what religion they "profess" and what services they attend
that by what they actually DO!
Then the little turds in the House vote in the dead of night to have
Judaic law (the "Ten Commandments" or "Decalogue") posted in classrooms.
Thief in the
night indeed! If they wanted to post a moral code in the classroom, how
about one that has parallels in most of the world's religions - the
"Golden Rule" and the variants found in at least seven other religions?
Oh, no, that wouldn't be "strict" enough, and just might encourage "moral
relativism" and other things frowned upon by their leash holders in the
What Does That Have To With Paganism?
Everything! Every right, privilege, and protection that is stripped from
our laws by stealth and subterfuge is just one more log on the fire for
witch burning! The protections embedded in the Constitution are designed
to protect minorities against the tyranny of the "majority", or even the
apparent majority. They are designed to leave individuals free to pursue
happiness in whatever way they wish, so long as they do not interfere with
others. The founders of the United States deliberately provided for the
protection of religious and philosophical minorities from the crushing
weight of a government in thrall to social control freaks.
Our freedom to assemble, worship, work, shop, and even talk to each other
rests firmly in the Constitution, including the means to fight to keep it,
as needed. If the erosion of fundamental Constitutional protections, even
those that we don't think we need, does not alarm us, we need to take a
very long, hard look at the descent of various countries into
dictatorship and police state: Germany in the 1930s, for example.
But The Rede Says Harm None... Pagans Are Pacifists... NOT!
Tell Boudicca that pagans are "pacifists", that's why she fought the
Romans even though it was a hopeless cause. Tell the ancient Vikings that
they should lay down like slaves to the dictates of tyrants. Tell Mars
and Ares that they are gods of "peace" and "love". Tell Thor that his
hammer is only for pounding nails and forging slave chains for his
Every time some "pagan" comes off with the Wiccan Rede as a justification
for letting someone walk all over them and theirs I want to puke. They
refuse to stand up for what they believe in, by word or deed, but they are
very ready to whine when their rights get trampled. These are the kind of
people who think that simple guns are too "dangerous" for ordinary people
to own, but are perfectly willing to have the government and the police
carry them around with impunity, and wield them at will, enforcing laws
bought and paid for by the religious reich and other control freak
lobbists and their masters. Yet these same people will whine to everyone
in sight when their athames are confiscated because they are "dangerous
What To Do....
There is more, I'm sure, that you can think of yourself. Freedom will
only last as long as there are those who will value it and defend it.
- Make noise, and not just at the national level. The rights grabbers
are in your own back yard, in your school boards, in local government.
The Religious Reich has been targeting local and school elections quietly
for years. The prudes and thought police are in your neighborhood,
and will shove their "values" down your throat, at the expense
of your livelihood, your families, and someday your lives. Ask Sheri
Eicher about "community values" and the thought police.
- Make plans, write letters, be a noisy citizen, or even run for office.
Look into civil disobedience, jury nullification, or even going
- Put your money where your mouth is. Contribute to political
organizations that uphold ALL of the constitution, not just ones
that support one part and try to throw out the rest.
- Make a difference. Stretch your freedom as far as you can, but cover
your butt. Realize that there is an underground war going on between the
control freaks and their creeping fascism, and your right to believe and
do as you will.
- *DO NOT* become a champion of "political correctness". This
type of thought policing and the concommitent crying to authority has
already cost me one job, because I dared call matters as I saw them under
my real name!! Political correctness is a smokescreen for censorship and
those who would be thought police (e.g. "my company does not support that
kind of thinking among our employees" - a quote from an e-mail about the
situation.) Don't fall prey to the lure of this concept!!
- Use the anonymity of the net, to exchange ideas and keep those in more
repressed areas company. Encrypt things just to be ornery, even stuff
that doesn't need it. Get a HushMail account, and then exchange
recipes for deserts with a friend.
- Collect banned books and "forbidden" information. Get copies of some
of the things like the "Anarchists Cookbook", even though you'll never use
them (the Anarchists Cookbook neglects a large number of safety
precautions, and you could hurt yourself if you didn't have them.)
Various treasonous congressmen are trying to have them banned. Knowledge
- Throw a monkey wrench in the gears of control, reduce your liabilities
and dependence on the numbered, tracked, and controlled social framework.
Close one or more credit cards a year, and pay them off. Buy things with
cash, if you can.
- When some government agency asks you for your social security number
or your fingerprints, only provide them if you have to, and under protest
even then. They should have to explain to you where and why they are
allowed to ask for such personal data, as well as what protections exist
against misuse of the data. Be a squeaky wheel. Protest the
mandatory inclusion of social security numbers and other personal
data on Drivers License and ID cards. Say NO!!! to national
ID cards - they make it difficult for a persecuted minority to make a
fresh start in another state. Don't be numbered, labeled and
- Don't give private companies any information about you that you aren't
willing to have them "share" with their "affiliates" and any
proto-fascists that may be on their board of directors (and their
political cronies.) Don't be a number, don't let them use your retirement
identification number as a means to track you and your comings and goings.
Make it difficult for the social control freaks and thought police to
run our country.
- Visit mirrored Australian web sites, even if they are not to your
taste. Australia has put into effect a draconian net censorship law.
Many other countries (including the US!) are trying to do the same thing.
Buy banned books, and support organizations that defend freedom of thought
and conscience worldwide.
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Page last changed/tweaked on January 23, 2000. Copyright
1/2000, by Ravan Asteris. OK to reprint
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