Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: questions about wicca
Re: questions about wicca
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 16:36:09 -0400
From: Jason Cruse <jcruse@SOCKET.NET>
>Second, I also have friends in Wicca...and I would question the young man's
>"belief" and "duty" to God, based on this association. I have talked at
>length to my friends in Wicca, and respect them for their beliefs. But
>they, themselves, will and have stated that theirs is NOT a religion based
>in God in any way. With that, I'm not certain that it would have the
>support of BSA, and probably not mine either.
I believe that either you misinterpreted what your friends said, or they are
not Wiccan. Wiccans do believe in "God". their view though is different
from the Judeo-Christian view, it is Duothesistic. The Great Power (God) is
made up of a Male half and a Female half. These halves are usually
personified as the God and Goddess or the Lord and Lady. If you go further
down the Pagan path, you will find people that are true polythesist and
believe in multiple Gods and Goddesses. What they may have also been saying
is that Wicca is a Nature based religion, which in many respects is true,
but they ARE NOT athiests.
>>I have two recommendations: first, discuss the issue with your Council
>Scout Exec. Push the issue with him or her. Don't let the answer be
>I think..." or something like that. If they aren't 100% certain, make them
>get an answer from National.
>Second, I would discuss the issue with the local Wicca Chapter (that's what
>they are called: chapters) leader. Express your concern, and learn about
>them. Get information. Then you can make an INFORMED decision. There are
>principles of Wicca, as they have been explained to me, that may go against
>some of the principles of scouting.
A nit picking point, most Wicca groups call themselves circles or covens. I
have not yet heard of a Wicca Chapter. I have also heard of pagan groups
calling themselves communities and groves.
>This is not intended to be derogatory towards Wicca. However, I have never
>heard ANY of my friends call it a religion. It is something that is
>practiced and believed....but faith in God is absent. I would be very
>concerned, at several levels, if one of my youth became so involved.
I have heard many people call Wicca and Paganism in general a religion.
Many Groves, Covens, and Circles are recognized by the IRS as Not for Profit
Religious groups. The US Armed forces accept Wicca as the religious choice
for dog tags. Ft. Hood TX holds the 8 high day rituals on base, even though
Sen. Bob Barr has tried to stop them. Wicca is a religion.
May I suggest that you, and anyone else that has questions, please check out
a book from your local library, or buy a book on the subject. If you go to
Amazon.com and do a search for Wicca, you will find many good books. One is
"To Ride a Silver Broomstick" by Silver Ravenwolf, another is "Wicca : A
Guide for the Solitary Practitioner" by Scott Cunningham. Both writers are
highly respected by the pagan community.
The preceding was not intended as a flame. I apologize if it sounded like
that. I just hope that people get better educated on this subject from this
post, and are inspired to learn more.
Robert M. Lewis