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A Dead Horse Called McWicca
Originally posted on a BTW-oriented mailing list, displayed here with kind
permission of the author, Keka.
I think that most people on this list would agree that the "McWiccan" authors
do, in fact, serve a purpose, even if there are WIDELY varying opinions of
what that purpose might be. (grin) For the record, though, everything
(good and "evil") serves *some* kind of purpose, but that's not the point at
all. The point against the McWiccan authors (some of them, anyway) is that
they are acting dishonorably and that is wrong whether it ultimately serves
some good or not.
I personally think that the problems they present boils down to 2 things:
So when some fruitcake comes along claiming to be a Witch or saying that
they're Wiccan (and/or publishes a book about it!), the ones Who Really Are
can only laugh, cry, or rage. When they poke fun and laugh at them, be
content with that, because it could be a whole lot worse (and justifiably so).
- First, these authors are representing themselves as being something that
they are not, namely Wic(c)a. Imagine how upset you would be if the name of
the most important and sacred thing in your life was being bandied about by
- Had absolutely no concept of what that name actually stood for,
- Didn't care what that name actually stood for and, WORST OF ALL,
- Had taken (and continually take) the thing which that name represents and
twisted, perverted, stripped down and profaned it, then took the results of
that process and publicly pronounced it to be the same as that which you
hold most dear. Then imagine that a whole culture sprouted around this
perversion and now thousands of fruitcakes are calling themselves by the name
which rightfully belongs to that which you hold most dear.
You'd be pretty upset, too, I imagine. Well, this is why the BTW often feel
pretty hostile towards the McWiccans.
- McWicca (in the context in which that term is being used, NOT in the
context of anything-not-BTW), takes the attitude that religion is a Home Depot
do-it-yourself project that anyone can do, and that the process basically
entails taking anything and everything that one finds pretty, pleasant,
interesting and/or entertaining from other religions and philosophies
(without any regard as to whether one has the right to take those things or
not) and putting them together into one big mish-mash (name issue addressed
above). NEVER MIND that Life is not all about what's pretty or pleasant or
entertaining. The result is that:
- McWicca doesn't make anyone a better person. How can it? It doesn't
challenge a person to be anything more than they are. It doesn't force one
to look at the not-so-pleasant side of Life to try to figure out what it means
and how it does or doesn't belong in one's life. Instead, it creates an
insulating bubble around a person that doesn't let them see what's REAL.
As you yourself quoted ...
"Life isn't meant to be easy"
- McWicca encourages a quick-fix/short-cut mentality. Have a problem? Cast
a spell! Want something/someone? Cast a spell! Bored? Cast a spell!
McWicca encourages people to splash around happily in a stagnant little
cesspool, rather than work/struggle/suffer to learn and achieve something
that may not always be as much *fun*, but is infinitely more valuable.
Small caveat by Newt: as was noted at the time on the list in question, the
use of 'Mc' as a sarcastic adjective is NOT meant in any way as a cultural slur
on particular types of family names. It is meant to convey a comparison between
sloppy use of alleged Wicca and fast food (in the context of 'as opposed to
healthy food'). Probably you allready knew this.