Well, apparently some yahoos are calling me a fascist, because I am a stickler for the dictionary definition of polytheism – a person who believes in Many Gods as uniquely real and not symbolic archetypes, and because I don’t feel that those who do not believe such have any right to try to define our religious traditions.
This is becoming all too common a refrain. Words have meanings, and words have power.
Here’s a definition of fascism straight out of the dictionary:
a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism.
Mmm, let’s see neither myself or fellow polytheists are talking about commerce, or nationalism, we’re not countries afterall. Nor are we governments. There is no dictator among our ranks. So dear yahoos, your use of the word is full of fail. To the yahoos, please do the world a favor and actually invest in a dictionary, and more importantly use it.
As to suppressing criticism or opposition, nope. Where’s our standing army or police state? Oh thats right, we don’t have one.
And don’t ever even attempt to associate me with racism when I’ve been publicly commenting and fighting for years that racism doesn’t belong in our polytheistic traditions, the only prerequisite is respect to those ancient Gods.
But because we just refuse to allow those outside our religious tradition to define our practices for us, we are now fascists, and dictators.
Let’s look at the field of medicine for a moment.
We do not allow novices to practice medicine without training and adhering to a base set of standards.
Someone who shows up with a lab coat and no training isn’t a doctor. We expect and demand there is a tradition and practice in place to train doctors, and others in the medical field as our experts and leaders.
We also want to encourage a base understanding, which is why health class and biology is part of our school curriculum. But the average, unmedically trained person isn’t a doctor, and we don’t want the average, unmedically trained person to be telling a surgeon how to perform brain surgery on us.
Do we call this standard fascist? Of course not.
In such a way we refuse to have those who do not have the expertise, the respect of our field of knowledge to try to tell us what to do.
I’m sorry if it offends you that you can’t be the special one dictating to us our practice. While you keep trying to dictate to us, I’m going to go over here and you know, actually honor my Gods.