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From: MythBlade (Talismonger)1/11/05 8:06 PM 
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The author of this article is confused... The next post will be my email to her.

Green pagans find way to White House funding

by Judi McLeod, Canadafreepress.com
http://www.torontofreepress.com/2005/cover011105.htm

January 11, 2005

They’re no fans of Christianity, but the followers of Gaia have discovered a funding stream through the Faith-Based and Community Initiative of President George W. Bush.

Disciples of 21st-century Gaia believe that all living things on earth are interconnected (except man) and that to damage or destroy even the tiniest insect is the equivalent of wiping out an entire ecological system. In layman understanding: Don’t swat that fly hovering around the pablum you’re feeding the baby.

Former Vice President Al Gore could be the most recognized disciple of Gaia. But even though he touted the organized environmental religion in his 1992 book, Earth In The the Balance, Tipper’s hubby’s got nothing on Gaia disciple Jose Arguelles, PAN promoter and leader of New Age Transformation.

Arguelles advocates that Mother Earth is a living, spiritual being that can actually feel pain.

Members who want to feel what it’s like in Gaia, he says, can always tune in to the crystal matrix frequency (Mother Earth’s heartbeat) and "chill out".

If you just can’t relate to Mother Earth, you might be more in synch with her first-born son, Pan. Something of a Mama’s Boy, Pan used to live close to his mother in the primeval forest. There were siblings, but they went out and founded the temple-building societies, like the Egyptians, Aztecs, etc. Pan was more a country boy than a city one, so when he refused to join the family in urban centers, they called him names like Satan and insisted Pan was evil. Finally, without Pan, they created their own "selfish" religion, Christianity, which much be eradicated because it includes a vision of an Apocalypse.

In modern times, Mother Earth is bringing Pan back to save us and lead us into the New Age.

Pan fanciers should know that he still comes in the form of a half-man, half-beast and is only distinguished from Mama by his cloven hooves.

Unfortunately, Arguelles, lifetime peace activist and founder of Earth Day, is not trying to be a modern-day Hans Christian Andersen, but is the passionate leader of an about to be new, taxpayer-funded green religion.

Arguelles was charged by the United Nations to work out the details of the World Thirteen Moon 28-day Calendar of Peace. (See when the big Hand Says Thirteen Moon Calendar, Canada Free Press, August 2004).

Not all Gaia disciples look like pagans. There’s man of the cloth, Father Thomas Berry, described by Goddess Earth author Samantha Smith as a dissident Catholic priest and a leader of the UN-sanctioned Temple of Understanding, in New York City.

In this priest’s own words, "the world is being called to a new post-denominational, even post Christian, belief system that sees the earth as a living being–mythologically, as Gaia, Mother Earth–with mankind as her consciousness."

According to CNSNews.com, it was the Environmental Protection Agency that sent out the siren call for Gaia funding. The EPA is informally seeking `ideas’ regarding how religious groups who promote green causes like climate change and pollution controls, can qualify for the White House’s faith-based funds.

That taxpayers should be asked to fund such objectives on the basis that they aid the poor and disadvantaged is a joke.

The disciples of Gaia who preach tolerance have none for others–and especially not Christians.

For all of their hype, adherents of Gaia are pagans, and pagans should never be funded through the Faith Based and Community Initiative of President George W. Bush.

 
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From: MythBlade (Talismonger)1/11/05 8:07 PM 
To: MythBlade (Talismonger)  (2 of 20) 
 9204.2 in reply to 9204.1 

Regarding your column published January 11, 2005:

As an ordained minister and a believer of a Pagan tradition, I found your article offensive.

You presented a number of "facts" in your article that are inherently false.

First of all, you should know that both George Bush and John Ashcroft were on the record, before Bush's first election, as saying that Pagan religions were not religions, and that they should be denied non-profit status.

Second of all, Pagans do a lot of work helping the needy and disadvantaged. We volunteer our time, participate in food and clothes drives, advocate for those who have little or no voice, and work to educate people on diverse issues (such as human rights, animal cruelty, tolerance, health care, and many more).

We lend a hand in times of natural disasters. We donate blood. We lend emotional support to our friends and neighbors.

We have heard your particular rallying cry before. What exactly you find so frightening about us, we have no idea. It certainly isn't anything about what we believe, or what we do, because you do not seem to know anything regarding those matters.

" The disciples of Gaia who preach tolerance have none for others–and especially not Christians."

Really. Actually, most Pagans I know preach tolerance for everyone. Unlike certain prominent people I could mention, we do not require people to believe in our religion before we extend tolerance and compassion to them.

What they do not preach, however, is that we should give Christians more honor or respect than they earn. Should we respect the "Christian" lawmaker who wants to jail any woman who has a miscarriage and doesn't report it to the police within 12 hours? Should we respect the "Christian" social services department who took four children from their home based on the fact their parents were Wiccan? Should we respect the "Christian" leaders who are claiming that the tsunami was God's judgment on Godless Heathens? Should we respect the "Christians" who not only expelled a star student for being gay, but also "outed" him in a national newspaper?

We do however respect the order of nuns in Adrian, Michigan, who were the first major organization to divest themselves of investments in South Africa, in protest of the policies of apartheid. We do respect the selfless sacrifice of Mother Theresa, working with those who most needed it. We respect the clergy in Arizona who marched on the capitol building to protest the disenfranchisement of a select group of American citizens. We respect the Christians who worked long and hard to secure civil rights for others, many of whom were not even in their own congregations.

Don't cry persecution, Ms. McLeod.

There is an old riddle, recently retold by Jim Hightower. "How many legs does a dog have, if you count the tail as a leg?" The answer is "Four. Calling a tail a leg does not make it a leg."

Calling yourself a Christian does not make you one. It is my understanding that a Christian is a person who follows the teachings of Christ. But Christ did not teach obeisance to the powers that be. He did not kow-tow to authority, especially when he knew the authority was wrong. He taught love, forgiveness, and tolerance for all people.

Christ showed tolerance and forgiveness to Mary Magdalene, the miser, the leper. He even showed some tolerance for the devil when he showed up to tempt Christ.

In the past decade or so, there has been a growing number of people wearing objects with "WWJD" written upon them. That stands for "What Would Jesus Do." It doesn't stand for "What would Jesus Whine About."

Sincerely,

Reverend Mitchel McAllister
Turning Wheel Sanctuary

 

 
From: Ralph (RBGlatt)1/11/05 8:45 PM 
To: MythBlade (Talismonger)  (3 of 20) 
 9204.3 in reply to 9204.2 
Goddess, what you said was beautiful. I just hope she gets the message.
 

 
From: ThunderWolf (britespirit) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/11/05 9:36 PM 
To: MythBlade (Talismonger)  (4 of 20) 
 9204.4 in reply to 9204.2 
You go boy! Goddess knows, you're dead on with what you said! I just hope that simple, narrow minded b*tch doesn't completely shut out your words when she sees the word Pagan.

Blessings,

ThunderWolf














ThunderWolf's Card for Today is:



 
 
 

 
From: Tarty (RAVENGIL) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by host1/12/05 1:34 AM 
To: MythBlade (Talismonger)  (5 of 20) 
 9204.5 in reply to 9204.2 
Wonderful reply!
 

 
From: Chakrachick1/16/05 9:44 AM 
To: MythBlade (Talismonger)  (6 of 20) 
 9204.6 in reply to 9204.2 
Myth, that was so well spoken! Thank you.

If you're walking on thin ice, you may as well dance.

C’thulu for President- when you’re tired of choosing the lesser of two Evils.

Check us out at Divinity Sisters
 

 
From: MythBlade (Talismonger)1/16/05 2:54 PM 
To: Chakrachick  (7 of 20) 
 9204.7 in reply to 9204.6 
Thanks. I wish I could get a job with PlanetOut or somebody...
 

 
From: Chakrachick1/16/05 3:54 PM 
To: MythBlade (Talismonger)  (8 of 20) 
 9204.8 in reply to 9204.7 

PlanetOut? I am checking them out right now (I am at work and I am in need of some new sites to read and it looks interesting.)

You really do have a great "voice" when it comes to your writing. And yours is a voice that needs to be heard in todays right winged, homophobic, can I get an Amen society.


If you're walking on thin ice, you may as well dance.

C’thulu for President- when you’re tired of choosing the lesser of two Evils.

Check us out at Divinity Sisters
 

 
From: MythBlade (Talismonger)1/16/05 4:04 PM 
To: Chakrachick  (9 of 20) 
 9204.9 in reply to 9204.8 

Amen.

(ducks)

 

 
From: Chakrachick1/16/05 4:04 PM 
To: MythBlade (Talismonger)  (10 of 20) 
 9204.10 in reply to 9204.9 
Brat!

If you're walking on thin ice, you may as well dance.

C’thulu for President- when you’re tired of choosing the lesser of two Evils.

Check us out at Divinity Sisters
 

 
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