Minister of Propaganda for the Decepticon Empire (fierceawakening) wrote,
Minister of Propaganda for the Decepticon Empire

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Blog Against Theocracy

This weekend is Blog Against Theocracy weekend. I didn't think I had anything to say. Clearly, the politicized, Dominionist religious right is dangerous and clearly they should not be allowed to worm their religious agenda into politics. But I'm sure plenty of people have said that already, and have talked about serious issues like a woman's right to control of her own body, like the bloody trail of religious persecution throughout history, etc.

So I just thought I'd share with you an experience I had many years ago, when actually decided to go to something resembling a church. A local Unitarian Church allowed a pagan group to meet there. I joined it, even though I didn't quite fit, and found that no one did. That's what it was there for.

I could, I suppose, say a bit about being misfits and stop here. But what's really caught my mind, and I'm not sure if it's entirely on topic or not, was a debate that eventually rocked our tiny group. Some of our group were upset that some kinky pagans met and did spiritual SM (or something, I wasn't there so I don't know what happened) at the same events attended by more upstanding, healthier, or just plain less slutty pagans than them.

There were a lot of worries about children, and I don't know whether this is because children had seen something, or whether it was because they were afraid of the SMers and imagining that we wouldn't care what their children saw. I do know that I can't imagine anyone wanting children to see things that were inappropriate for them.

What followed was me standing up, admitting that I'd been into leather for longer than I knew any of them, and telling them that for me doing SM was a spiritual experience. What followed were people who never thought about such a thing, staring open-mouthed at someone they thought was perfectly normal who had revealed herself to be one of the people they were mocking and saying should not be allowed to worship with them.

If you think about it, it's a privilege to even be able to have this conversation. Even being able to criticize them, to stand up and say that I experienced communion with the divine during sexual practices (and ones that the people around me were clearly prejudiced against anyway) is pretty amazing. I'm lucky to live somewhere where I don't have to be afraid of saying that or even of thinking it.

Of course, most of the mainstream would likely lose their shit if they are me say that. But it's still my right to do so. I can say it on this blog and know that no one will come for me in the night. That the people who will call me minions of Satan for that don't have the power to punish me for saying it.

And that's one tiny part of why stopping those people from getting more power in the government, which they clearly want, is worth doing.
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