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Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

One must be Abrahamic to be a Satanist, period. Most neo-pagans, as the ancients, do not follow any kind of Abrahamic belief system. The pre-Christian God, Lucifer, never had his name in original biblical texts. Translators of these texts used his name in place of the Abrahamic 'devil' in western language texts. This was done in an effort to demonize a popular pagan God in the region.
I've found this to be a very good article! I felt a sense of the writer's own calling back to the earth while reading. Although I had flash of fury at the title, it was a rather clever attention-grabber.

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Posted by Patrick Weber on 05/21/2014 at 1:05 AM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

There indeed are "devil worshipping" Pagans - they are Lucifarians. Pagans are always in such a hurry to not be associated with the "devil" that they will try to erase this path completely. There are also Abrahamic or Christian Pagans.

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Posted by loveydovey on 05/20/2014 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Love the article, Beliefs are beliefs all deeply spiritual and deeply personal in nature (no pun intended). Everyone feels within themselves what works and is their path, diversity isn't something to be judged or ostracized. I'm only new to being pagan (about 3 months) and came from a heavily brought up christian belief. I have to say that i look no different at the inverted/upright pentacle, as i would the star of David or christian cross it's powerful symbolism. A lot of people hide from their faiths and i guess to some part hiding can be seen as with holding something dark, people always fear what they don't understand. Hopefully this article will shed some light on a perceived darkness. My only downside to this is the festival is not down here in Australia. Blessed be to one and all.

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Posted by Andy Wilden on 05/20/2014 at 11:12 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

"an upright pentagram, often mistaken for its inverted, Satanic counterpart"

An inverted Pentagram is no more Satanic than an inverted cross is, sorry. *See Cross of St. Peter if you don't understand.

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Posted by Ilthirial on 05/20/2014 at 8:56 PM

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Great Article! I was concerned when I saw the interviews going on as to how the story may be spun. Living as a pagan in the south is not only difficult but can be scarey at times when you don't know how people will react. But I believe this report to be very fair and accurate. So thank you!

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Posted by Christy on 05/20/2014 at 8:45 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

I know Pagans who do worship the devil, or Satan, or both (Some people consider a devil and Satan 2 different entities.) and they aren't bad people. So they worship a deity that is perceived as being on the darker side of things, so what? If they aren't harming anyone, who cares who they're devoted to. We should never throw satanic pagans, or any other Satanists and devil worshipers under the bus just to make other pagans look better to pacify christians.

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Posted by Lacee Marie Hartman-Code on 05/20/2014 at 7:51 PM

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I'm so glad that you used that title. Hopefully you can help open the minds of people who were looking to have their biases and bigotry confirmed. Good on you.

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Posted by Matthew Bo on 05/20/2014 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Nice article, Angela. I certainly appreciate your open-mindedness and frankness. The world is full of all kindss of people with all kinds of beliefs. We Pagans are just another small segment. Please kick the editor who picked the headline.

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Posted by Star Bustamonte on 05/20/2014 at 5:22 PM

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"Simply put, Paganism, like Christianity, is an umbrella term, with many different puddles of belief pooled beneath." This may be the most accurate one line description of paganism I've seen in my 50 years of being one.

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Posted by Ashleigh on 05/20/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

The article is very good, but the title about "Devil Worship" was misleading and unjust. Some people won't notice the quotes around the term and won't read the article, so it will just confirm their false belief that pagans worship the devil. The title does us a disservice.

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Posted by Lumara on 05/20/2014 at 4:22 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

It is a bit like this for what you might call devil worship under the names of Wicca and Paganism. We believe like the EARLY Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. There are GODS that give the tender care for every thing around US. Mythology sets the stage with the story that us as humans did not know where it ALL came from. Who shall we give credit? We gave FACES to the things we loved most in our lives, Gods and Goddesses who guide and protect ALL life. Mother and Fathers of US all. The CIRCLE of life is another way to put it. The Coexist bumper stickers you see on cars shows us all acceptance, because all of OUR beliefs do in fact COEXIST! Christians ONLY God proclaimed in the Bible said, " Thou shalt have no other GODS before ME." He is implying there are OTHER Gods. As Pagans we look at our history which was born from the Earth, Wind, Water, and Fire, not a book filled with accounts from people who have seen the son of god, Jesus. ( Almost sounds like Zeus and Hercules, Father and Son.) We may have a different Belief/ Religion but we accept others around us, we do not carry prejudice for those who follow another way of life. We cherish and hold all life sacred. Satanism is a non-believe, it is NOT real. The only way one should ever have feelings of being an outcast or harmed with their fears should be in nightmares. Never in everyday living NOR in their life after death in the Summerland or Heaven. I am a Wiccan, I Coexist. This story and the Festivals other Wiccans and Pagans are holding should continue, so that we can all live in harmony. Blessed be.

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Posted by Rachel Morris on 05/20/2014 at 4:09 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

I too disliked the title, when I saw the title I was expecting a whole other kind of article. I am glad the author of this learned as much as they did, and learned to be more open minded, hopefully that will spread to others. I would also like to point out that the pentagram has other uses, not only for devil worship, or the Wiccan uses told of in a previous comment, but is also used by pagans for banishing rituals and spells.

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Posted by Jeana Burns Craycraft on 05/20/2014 at 3:57 PM

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Gostei muito desse artigo. Na verdade o problema da demonização da visão pagã do mundo ocorre em todo os lugares onde há cristianismo. O mesmo acontece no Brasil.

Bênçãos brilhantes

I´ve liked the article. In fact the trouble of demonization of pagan´s world vision occur in all places where there are christianism. The same happens in Brazil.

Bright blessings

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Posted by Masudh on 05/20/2014 at 3:49 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

That was a good report. I loved the so-called "click-bait" devil stuff. Back in the old days of report writing, that would have been entirely appropriate. If people were actually that averse to "the devil," they wouldn't watch so many scary movies. So many of the fluffy, latter-day hippie, new age butterfly and unicorn fart crowd think that by completely denying any mention of a "devil," they'll make "paganism" (however that may be defined) an acceptable thing. Hell, a reputable Hindu can't even open a government session without the Sgt. at Arms being called to restore order in the Senate. (Do you realize how many Hindu folk there are in the world?) I hate to break it to the flower children, but you're delusional.

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Posted by H Kenneth Porter on 05/20/2014 at 3:47 PM

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Article is great, but your attempt to get attention with the "Devil Worship" comment is just too much. Pagans get enough negative press without your help.

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Posted by Holly Erin on 05/20/2014 at 3:27 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

The "inverted" pentacle that you ascribed to Satanism is also used in Wicca. In many Traditional groups it is the symbol for those who have attained the second degree. It symbolizes their journey inward to deal with their own inner "demons" in order to better serve their coven when they start one and their community at large. Great job.

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Posted by Amy Blackthorn on 05/20/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

The article was very good and showed us (Pagans and PUF) in a good light. The author was respectful in her questions and in her writing. I dislike the title and that is the only complaint I have. Except for my feet, they really hurt.

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Posted by Tish Owen on 05/20/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

Love the article; hate the "clickbait" title.

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Posted by Firefly on 05/20/2014 at 12:07 PM

Re: “Pagan Unity Festival Brings 'Devil-Worship' Into the Light

That's why it's in quotes. Unfortunately, the common perception among Christians is that Pagans are "devil worshippers." If the headline gets the attention of folks like that and convinces them to be more open-minded, that's good. Providing, of course, they actually bother to read the piece before they start condemning it.

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Posted by Amanda Permenter Garlow on 05/20/2014 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Nashville Community Darkroom Now Accepting Membership Applications

Only thirty spots, at such a high price? Sheesh...…

Posted by Sam Kellen on 05/20/2014 at 11:47 AM

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