Wednesday, September 07, 2005

We'll drive cattle through your festival

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, a planned Pagan event in the little High Plains town of Ramah had produced all sorts of bigotry.

Last month, the Secret Garden Coven decided to hold a fall festival as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Organizer Jerusha Doucette-Johnson said she paid a deposit Aug. 19 on the building. Then she distributed fliers in Calhan, Simla, Ramah and other towns advertising the festival, which will include a ball, craft show and midnight ritual.

...all to be held at that bedrock institution of small-town life, the American Legion hall.

[O]ne man said he didn’t want the pagans pushing their religion down his throat. He then asked whether [Doucette-Johnson] would be open to a Ku Klux Klan meeting in her front yard, she said.... The same man also said he could organize a cattle drive through the area to ruin the festival.

My Aryan fire-and-cattle cult tops your goddess worship, by Indra!

The friend who brought my attention to this article remarked, "Doesn't it seem that Crazy Season (otherwise known as Samhain madness) is starting a littlee early this year?"

I think that she is right. I was in an Albertsons supermarket yesterday, and a clerk was stocking the shelves with black and orange candles and plastic skulls.

UPDATE: A member of the ColoPagan e-mail list who attended the meeting notes, "The Klan comment was actually, 'I should invite the Klan to have a rally outside of this thing.' The American Legion Hall has since agreed to allow the proceedings to take place and over ruled the booking manager who was swayed by the reverend. The reverend was also invited to speak the invocation over the dinner portion, but refused to accept or decline the offer."

There might eventually be more information at the Earth Spirit Pagans web site.


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