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Friday, 04 December, 2020

Paganism (Part Two of Two)

Date: 15 September, 2008 (Click here to read Part I)

By: Chief & N.C.

Imagelad to see you again. Picking up where we left off:

Paganism and family:

All life is important to pagans. Regarding children, they are the hope of and for the future. The future of our very existence, lifestyle and what will become of our world will depend on our children and the teachings we, as pagan parents, provide to our posterity.

Pagans tend to have very tightly knit families. This is based upon our practicing the four tenants and passing those same ideals and goals to our off spring.

This in turn leads to the issues of birth control and abortion.

Most, if not all, organized religions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc.) think and practice that birth control is bad or the more children the better. Unfortunately the opposite is true. This is because, once again, of the four tenants.

Like it or not our planet's natural resources simply cannot sustain the world's exploding population. It therefore becomes incumbent upon each and every one of us, pagans and non-pagans alike, to do our part, to accept our responsibility, to provide a thriving planet for our children. Birth control is a prime method of helping to ensure our posterity has a sustainable planet in the future.

If birth control is practiced by both people involved in a sexual act the chance of pregnancy is drastically reduced. Birth control is not, however, an absolute assurance of a woman not becoming pregnant.

As all life is important to pagans the idea or concept of a woman getting an abortion is strongly discouraged. There is adoption which is a viable alternative to abortion. Many couples, for whatever reason, simply are unable to bring about a successful pregnancy.

To put it another way abortion is an absolute last resort. In a case of rape, incest or the mother's health abortion is a viable option. In all other cases abortion should not be considered.

While a fetus grows within the womb of a woman it takes two (man and woman) in order for conception to take place. As such, out of mutual respect, the pregnant woman needs to discuss with her partner the pregnancy, should it be unwanted. And once a mutually agreed upon decision is reached, only then should the decision be implemented.

A couple, married or not, without children is also a family. They are the core.

Paganism and marriage:

As we currently know it the state of marriage is nothing more than a legal contract between a man, a woman and the state or country in which the couple were legally married. The legal contract of marriage also, dependent upon where the couple resides, provides for certain legal privileges that single people or couples living together without the benefit of legal marriage do not enjoy. Privileges such as tax reductions, insurance costs, sex and so on (in some places in the world premarital sex is a crime). Privileges are wrong by the way as a privilege violates the equality tenant.

The state of legal marriage does not in anyway make for a successful marriage. Nor should the state of legal marriage be limited to a male and a female.

While pagans are not necessarily against legal marriage, pagans are not dogs and as such do not need a license. It is also important to remember that initially a legal marriage was a grant of property. A woman, once married, became the property of her husband. This 'hallmark' of legal marriage remained until the early1900's within the United States. It is still, to this very day, a property right in many parts of the world.

A successful 'martial' relationship takes the mutual respect (one of the four tenants) of the married couple. It does not take a legal contract. Further the married couple does not necessarily need be male and female. It could be male and male or female and female. What is important is the commitment of the couple to the union. No more and certainly no less.

A marriage can 'survive' without the four tenants. Make no mistake, however — a marriage without the four tenants, front and center, cannot flourish and prosper.

Paganism and sexuality:

The human body is a marvel of engineering. It really is. Pagans tend to believe that there is nothing wrong with our naked bodies, that they are all beautiful, and should be enjoyed, not shamed or scorned.

Sex provides a person with intimate physical, emotional and spiritual pleasure. There is also nothing wrong with that. Whether that pleasure is masturbation, oral sex, vaginal sex, anal sex, sex between man and woman, man and man, woman and woman or group sex.

The kind of sex a pagan enjoys is up to the practicing pagan and his or her partner or partners including premarital sex. And yes, the four tenants of paganism are in full force and effect even during sex.

Do pagans practice birth control and 'safe' sex? Absolutely.

Paganism and heaven and hell:

Death. It is something that each and everyone of us shall partake in. And it scares most people. As such organized religions have worked very hard over the centuries to make death as palatable as possible for people. 'If you live by our rules and do what we say when you die you will go to heaven or paradise or Nirvana and have everlasting life'. On the other hand 'if you do not live by our rules when you die you shall go to hell and live in abject misery forever'.

What organized religion has done is to, at the very least, attempt to bribe, blackmail, cajole, induce or extend a privilege to those who will follow their rules or do their bidding. All based upon peoples fear of dying. The fear of 'what happens to me when I die'?

What happens when a person dies is really quite simple — that person ceases to exist. Period. It is part of the natural order of things. No more and no less.

To believe in heaven and hell one must be a member of an organized religion which teaches utter rubbish.

Paganism and devil worship:

Pagans do not worship the 'devil' or 'Satan' or any other such nonsense. That was thrust upon pagans by none other the the Catholic church. It has since been picked up on by most, if not all, other Christian churches as a means to an end. The 'end' being the elimination of paganism.

It is critically important to clear the air of all of these misconceptions about paganism and the best way to do that is by defining the words that have, over the centuries, been used by organized religion to quite literally demonize paganism and, as such, give organized religion and the followers of organized religion the 'moral' or 'religious' right to hunt down pagans and, in days gone by, execute them. While in today's world burning a pagan at the stake has become passe, making life difficult for a pagan has not. That being said, here are some definitions from Wikipedia for your edification.

[Ed. note: We cannot thank enough the many different folks who submitted information about paganism to us. I can tell you that this story would never have happened without their great help. To all of you — thank you, Chief & N.C.]

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