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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.

NeoNote — Good and evil

Long story short, without monotheism, the meaning of good and evil aren't so clear cut. It tends to be more in the nature of "this HELPS my tribe/city/nation" and "this HURTS my tribe/city/nation." It becomes relative and based on cost/benefit. It depends more on individual judgement and less on an Official List of "THOU SHALT NOTS."

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NeoNote - White sage, Amerindians and virtue signalling

I never really have understood the whole cultural appropriation bit. Syncretism happens.

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NeoNote — Not about paganism

I can't even laugh at the irony anymore. These are the seeds that will destroy paganism in a way that monotheisms never could.

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Something else

I'm not something less, I'm something else.
— NeoWayland
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“Damnatio Memoriae, or How to Erase Someone from History”

“How do you remove the memory of a particularly bad emperor from the history books? Or what if your brother is just so annoying that you can't stand the sight of him anymore, and don't want to share power? You perform a damnatio memoriae, erase all inscriptions, destroy all public images, and pretend as if he never existed.”

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Hospitals for the sinners

Churches are hospitals for the sinners, not mausoleums for the saints.
— anonymous
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Make amends

Breathen, if you white men murdered the son of the Great Spirit, we Indians have nothing to do with it, and it is none of our affair.If he had come among us, we would not have killed him.We would have treated him well.You must make amends for that crime yourselves.
— Seneca Chief Red Jacket to the Christian missionaries
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It's only shame if I accept the premise.

It's only shame if I accept the premise.

As I see it, the vice or virtue isn't in the label. It's in how you touch the lives of others. The honor is in giving truth when needed, helping when you can, and leaving the World a little better than how you found it.
— NeoWayland
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A pretty good “thou shalt”

Thou shalt mind thine own damn business.
— David Weber, Torch of Freedom
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Personal

Faith is a personal choice. It has to be, or it has no meaning.
— NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Diversity

Diversity of opinion is strongly discouraged.

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NeoNotes — accusation

How would I prove that I don't do that?

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Summing up the circus

Here's the quick take for those of you who don't want to dig through the whole internet.

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Old discussions

Links to the TWH comment threads on Gavin Frost and Kenny Klein

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NeoNotes — A long hard look

If it works for you and challenges you to be a better person, more power to you. It is not my place to question that, it's between you and the Divine.

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In defense of Bonewits' work

If his work can't stand on it's own, people will find something else.

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Journal 12Jan2018

Thinking by blogging
Sympathy is not part of my nature. Fellow-feeling is a gift that I have to work at, so I do. I consider it as restitution for the person I once was.
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“As if withholding belief was a moral crime…”

I have a problem with this assumption "at the moment the general reaction seems to be to disbelieve abuse survivors." I do not find it to be accurate. Mostly because of what group is being examined to provide the baseline for the general reaction, which I've rarely seen explained.

Every time I see this idea come up, it is used as a weapon against those who desire to have an examined and rational discussion without having to say "I believe." as if withholding belief was a moral crime. That idea that there is a culture of disbelief has been weaponized and used to silence those who ask uncomfortable and disquieting questions.

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Bonewits accused

“Accusations of abuse surface against ADF founder Isaac Bonewits”

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My own werewolf story

But every October, I remember. It's my own werewolf story, with me cast as Henry Jekyll. Dr. Jekyll chose to be Mr. Hyde you see. That's my shame.
— NeoWayland, The TPY blog entry that shouldn't have been
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If this were a horror movie

Now if this were a horror movie, I would have been Tainted By Darkness and I would be hosting the same demon spirit that drove her with an insatiable drive to corrupt the innocent. But it's real life. I made the choices, I have to live with the consequences.
— NeoWayland, The TPY blog entry that shouldn't have been
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A good man

Good men don’t need rules. Today is not the day to find out why I have so many.
Doctor Who, A Good Man Goes to War
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❝One Tin Solider❞

Lately when my mind turns to politics

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This last week in free speech

If you use force so others will listen, you’re doing it wrong.

I am certainly against Nazism, supremacist groups, and misogyny. I just think they SHOULD be heard, if for no other reason than they can be laughed off the stage.

As loudly and as enthusiastically as we can.”
     — NeoWayland
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NeoNotes — Satanic sacrifice

You know the problem with these massive conspiracy theories are that there are never enough conspirators and never enough victims.
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Beyond patriotism

I was coming off a long time of being militantly solitary and I relished the fellowship I finally allowed myself.

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Absolutely

As a rule, absolutes don't.
     — NeoWayland

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Acknowledge

Acknowledge but do not celebrate.
     — NeoWayland

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❝A protest against Paganism❞

Christian morality (so called) has all the characters of a reaction; it is, in great part, a protest against Paganism. Its ideal is negative rather than positive; passive rather than action; innocence rather than Nobleness; Abstinence from Evil, rather than energetic Pursuit of Good: in its precepts (as has been well said) 'thou shalt not' predominates unduly over 'thou shalt.'
— John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
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❝Morality in sexual relations…❞

Morality in sexual relations, when it is free from superstition, consists essentially in respect for the other person, and unwillingness to use that person solely as a means of personal gratification, without regard to his or her desires.
— Bertrand Russell
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More important

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than one's fear. The timid presume it is lack of fear that allows the brave to act when the timid do not. But to take action when one is not afraid is easy. To refrain when afraid is also easy. To take action regardless of fear is brave.
— Ambrose Hollingworth Redmoon from “No Peaceful Warriors!”, Gnosis № 21, Fall 1991
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Personal Choice

The simple answer is that moral responsibility is always a personal choice. You can't compel virtue or it ceases to be virtue.
     — NeoWayland

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Outstanding

The cowards do not deserve to be remembered.

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Progressively regressive

A rare political rant on my Pagan blog

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On Christians and Pagan tolerance

Long, involved, but some good points

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