She found it very difficult to work at IBM.
"Those killed in The Salem Witch Trials were not real witches. Sure uptight fundie fucks like me had them executed, but bah gahd they're not going to claim them as heroes!"
He has a point, though. What happened in Salem - indeed, what happened in every witchcraft incident during pre-modern times - has no meaningful connection, on any level, to Wicca. Wicca is a thoroughly modern invention, and a pagan LARPer like Laurie Cabot trying to claim victim status over the Salem trials makes about as much sense as a juggalo demanding slavery reparations because he listens to clown rap.
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The witchcraft she has adopted is only 20 years older than Kwanza.
I own Witchcraft and the Gay Counterculture (http://tinyurl.com/mpvkxyd) so I know that historic witches were actually a cover for the underground radical gay liberation movement in Medieval Europe.
You're right about the recent creation of Wicca, but on the other hand the fundy fucks believe witchcraft is real. The believe that even though the Salem witches were falsely accused some somewhere sometime some real witches have gotten theirs at the hands of Christians. Hell, in parts of Africa you can still get burnt alive for being a witch, so in the face of Christian nonsense I totally get why neopegans want to make martyrs out of the Salem victims.
I should have skipped the glorified headshop/diorama that is the Witch Museum altogether, saved the eight bucks, and hit the Essex County museum instead. Ugh.
Lots of Wiccans give Laurie Cabot shit for being all crazy looking and eccentric, but screw that, if you're a Wiccan and you're not dressing all crazy, you're boring.
I believe it's the "look at me! Somebody! LOOK AT MEEEeeeee!" doctrine.
Again, if you have a retarded ass religion, be unique.
She's not alone. Just look at the wacky robes and hats in the Vatican, the squiggly sideburns and bowler hats of the Hasidic, and the beards and turbans of the Sikhs.
Back in the late 80s and early 90s Laurie Cabot used to show up at the place my mother managed in Gloucester. Nobody looked forward to it.
Modern "pagan" types are pretty insufferable. They moan about Abrahamic religions and all the awful things they've done to the world, then replace it with an equally ludicrous religion that forces itself into everyone's faces in a way that comes off so forced and embarrassing. And also, just like mainstream monotheists, they usually haven't a clue about the history of the doctrines, deities, and symbols that they are liberally borrowing from all throughout history and culture. What's especially funny is that they've borrowed so many of the trappings of so-called "witchcraft" right out of the lore of Christianity. It would be like a black person saying they're deeply into "black culture" by dressing up and acting like racist caricatures from the films and advertising of the 1920s and 30s.
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