Saturday, June 24, 2006

Witches, Warlocks, Pagans at Boston Pride

(c) 2006 MassResistance

Witches, warlocks, goddess worshippers. This is the diversity we are told we must celebrate! The Independent Pagans of New England marched in Boston's Pride parade a few weeks ago. The Pride Committee had no problem allowing Satan worshippers to strut their stuff.

The goddess figure on the poster is captioned: "All acts of love and pleasure are Her rituals." Under the coiled rainbow snake on the left it says: "Don't tread on me."

Webster's dictionary gives several definitions for "pagan": (1) a follower of a polytheistic religion (as in ancient Rome). (2) one who has little or no religion and who delights in sensual pleasures and material goods.
"Met with cheers of "Look, it's the Pagans, " "Blessed Be, " and "Yahhh, the Pagans, " shouted from the spectators lining the winding route of the 2005 GLBT Pride March/Parade, those of us that chose to march were received warmly by the vast majority of those that lined the streets of Boston on June 11th, 2005....
"At approximately 11:45, we invoked the elements with a call on a bull's horn, and called upon the Goddesses Athena and Aphrodite, and the God Hermes, to aid and protect those gathered there to march throughout the day....
"In the past years, we were able to march with some of the other religious groups, as a statement of our presence as another religious community, just not as organized as the others. In the last few years, these groups have become more scattered throughout the march, and finding a place this year was more than the usual challenge. We were welcomed by another facet of the Gay community, the Radical Fairies, to march behind them...."
[Read more about Radical Faeries.]