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I received quite a number of e-mails in response to an article
I wrote denouncing the Pentagon’s official recognition of witches — or
Wiccans, if you prefer — in the army. Surprisingly, many of those
e-mails were critical of my assessment of the army’s decision, as well
as my depiction of Wiccans in general. This column is not an attempt to
clarify points I made in that first piece, but to interpret for you
“flamers” some of my own beliefs, observations and renditions of
Catholicism (my faith) that led me to the conclusions I presented.

First of all let me just say that I’m not the insensitive caveman you
think I am. Yes, I am well founded and very comfortable in my Christian
faith — which is why I wrote so strongly about witchcraft in the first
place. However, understand that I am also cognizant of the country in
which most of us live and its wonderful First Amendment right to
practice religion freely, without persecution.

Having said that, you should also understand what Catholicism
teaches.

Catholicism teaches a very strong and literal belief in one God –
the God of all Creation, the heaven and the earth. Secondly, it teaches
us that God’s only begotten son, Jesus Christ, was born of this earth,
grew to be a man and went about civilization teaching the Gospel –
God’s word, as recorded in the Bible (not the King James version,
because the KJ version is devoid of several “books” which were
originally contained in the complete Bible). Catholicism also stresses
that our Church is the first Church and that God divinely
inspires our Pope. Is that right? I think so, but I guess I’ll
find out for certain one of these days — at least, I hope to.

Now, what do Wiccans believe?

According to Rowan University of Glassboro, N.J., “Perhaps, above
all, our perception of God. As ours is a religion of the Earth,
balanced, and perfect, we view God in the same way. … We do not have a
concept of Satan, Lucifer, the Devil, or Hell. We do not believe an
all-evil entity or realm exists. … Some people in our religion call
themselves Witches. Others do not. Others prefer to call themselves
‘Wiccans’ or ‘Pagans’ coming from the Latin, ‘paganus’ or country
dweller. …”

Also: “We are not the Christian version of the Witch, or the Hansel
and Gretel view, living with spiders and toads, pledging to all things
dark and evil. If this is your view of what a Witch is, then we
are not witches! Some call themselves ‘White witches,’ those that are
healers, and worshippers of the focus of Nature, attuning themselves
with the seasons, and the movements of the Sun and Moon. Others are
Druids and Shamans, connecting with their ancestors, and indigenous
Native American or European religions.”

And, from this web site
in England:
“Wicca is both a religion and a Craft. … As a religion — like any
other religion — its purpose is to put the individual and the group in
harmony with the divine creative principal of the Cosmos, and its
manifestation at all levels. As a Craft, its purpose is to achieve
practical ends by psychic means, for good, useful and healing purposes.
In both aspects, the distinguishing characteristics of Wicca are its
Nature-based attitude, its small group autonomy with no gulf between
priesthood and ‘congregation,’ and its philosophy of creative polarity
at all levels, from Goddess and God to Priestess and Priest.”

Finally, from this web site:
“Witchcraft is a Pagan
folk-religion of personal experience rather than transmitted
revelation.”

Now, for those of you who cannot see why my beliefs so differ from
those espoused here, let me help you.

First of all, yes — Pagans say they don’t worship Satan. But
Wiccans also don’t acknowledge Satan because they don’t
acknowledge the Christianity that explains who and what Satan is.
Consequently, Pagans wouldn’t necessarily know that Satan works in just
this way — to deceive those who do not believe in Christ. And the Lord
of Darkness takes everyone he can get, regardless of how he has to do
it.

Secondly, how can Paganism “pre-date Christianity by at least 5,000
years,” when my God of Christianity created the Heavens
and Earth to begin with?

Also, my faith teaches me not to worship “other gods” or “false
idols” because that is, in essence, disrespectful of God and an insult.

What I see in the “Wiccan faith” is not so much religion, but more a
cultist scientology based loosely on established religious faiths such
as Buddhism. And my faith teaches me that’s wrong, like it or
not.

But my faith also teaches tolerance, unity, peace, and — for lack of
a better term — “overall goodness.” We Catholics tend to get a little
jealous when it comes to religion, often forgetting that, in America,
there is such a thing as freedom of religion.

If my column gave the impression that I don’t think Wiccans have a
right to practice their faith, that was my mistake. I don’t condone
that kind of intolerance, nor do I normally espouse it.

However, my basic point — though I was trying to express it by using
the army’s example — was that in America, we seem hell-bent on trying
to find “some answers to all of our problems,” when, to me, these
answers have always been staring us in the face. They’re in the Bible,
as far as I’m concerned, and as far as that goes, so did a majority of
us until about forty years ago — about the same time, by the way, that
our culture and society really began to slide into the abyss of
immorality. There is no denying that, regardless of your faith.

Consequently, when I see so much dismissal and, in many cases, open
resentment, towards the faith (Christianity), which undeniably was held
by the majority of our founding citizens, I usually make the connection
that this loss of faith is mostly responsible for our overall moral
decline. And regardless of the flaming e-mails, I’m sticking to that
interpretation — right or wrong.

It is beyond my ability to worship trees, water, the air, and other
elements of the earth when I can enjoy the earth I was provided by my
God without elevating it in importance above Him. I guess you have to
be a Christian to understand that.

For the record, I am also a jealous guardian of Catholicism and
Christianity in general because until a few years ago, I had mistakenly
left God and Jesus Christ out of my everyday life. When I became a
convert and seriously began to practice my faith, my life changed
(and continues to change) in ways you cannot imagine. These are
real, tangible changes — not limited to “visions” or
“prophesies” so many non-believers tend to cite. I have been blessed
with real and tangible blessings — this job here at WorldNetDaily being
one of them, as well as the offer by Catholic Family Radio
to host a show on a major market
network. In all my readings and research of the Pagans, I never ran
across a single instance of God’s miracles at work.

That tells me something. And for what it’s worth, it ought to tell
non-believers something as well.

Will I change my points of view? No, because for me, personally, I
know I’m on the right path to God. However, in all fairness, if
it takes being a Wiccan for a person to believe they are on the
right path to God, so be it. I won’t stop you.

So, perhaps it’s just better to agree to disagree and leave it at
that.

One final thing. Thanks to all of you who took the time to e-mail
me, whether what you said was derogatory or complimentary. Joe and I
appreciate the fact that at least you’re readers of WorldNetDaily, and I
think we can all pretty much agree that that’s a good thing.

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