Recently some transphobic people claimed that they are more traditional than Gardnerians who are welcoming and inclusive. Several people have written or spoken to refute their transphobic nonsense and their claims to be more traditional, including me, Mortellus, Jack Chanek, Jason Mankey, Ash the Gardnerian Librarian, and Dylan. I’m going to try to collect all the YouTube videos, Instagram videos and posts, blogposts, and tweets over at Dowsing for Divinity in my blogpost Gardnerians speak! Let me know in the comments if you have a public post that you would like me to add there.
Inclusive doesn’t mean that we have to include everybody who asks to join; it means that we don’t exclude whole classes of people due to their innate or acquired characteristics (such as ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or physical characteristics). Some people may not be suited to Wicca because they are drawn to a different path. Some people might not be suited to coven life because they don’t play well with others, or because they are not kind and considerate of others. Inclusive covens definitely have the right to exclude anyone with bigoted views such as racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, fatphobia etc. As Karl Popper pointed out, the paradox of tolerance is that it cannot tolerate intolerance. Some people may not be a good fit for your coven because they have a very different approach to the divine / deities than you, or are interested in a different mythology. I think I can safely say that I coined the phrase inclusive Wicca, and although I wasn’t the first per
In the aftermath of the UK's vote to leave the EU, there has been a horrifying upsurge of racist incidents. Tell MAMA reported a 540% increase in reported incidents. (Reported in The Independent , Huffington Post , The Guardian , Mashable , Vice News , Washington Post , and many more. Incidents are also being collated by This is what you have done , the Worrying Signs Facebook group and Twitter account , and the PostRefRacism hashtag and account on Twitter.) It is not that every Leave vote was motivated by racism, but extreme toxic racism was expressed by the Leave campaign (which went unchallenged by the Remain campaign, which also promised to "control immigration" and boasted about how being in the EU helped us to deport hundreds of criminals - which is unjust because then they are being punished twice for the same crime). Surveys of Leave voters have indicated that their main reason for voting Leave was to "take back control" (just so they could give
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