Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Thanks Christian Day! (And screw you, too!)

Recently, a couple of pagans have been attempting to full-on football tackle the nearest news camera/reporter for an opportunity to glean some semblance of fame. Z. Budapest was the first of the two, and on Episode 49 of the podcast Cory and I do a fine job of properly applying both torch and pitchfork (as well as his interesting collection of roots, stones, and bones) to her story of disallowing transgendered women to participate in a Dianic ceremony at this year's Pantheacon. However, since her original outlandish statement was made public, it has been reported that both sides of that debate have sat down and attempted to apologize and find common ground.

So... No further Riot aimed at Z. Budapest. (yet!)

However, the second pagan media whore, Christian Day, has no such luck. In case you don't know who he is (don't worry...you shouldn't), Day is a podcaster, a shop owner, and all around Laurie Cabot groupie. If you'll recall, Cabot was a media grabber herself beginning in the 1970s and running almost three decades, causing mayhem and grabbing newscasters' attention until the mid-90s. Though, arguably, she's still at it, as she was a part of that famous Biography channel special on witches that made us all look like either devil worshipping baby killers or opium addicted special ed students.

Christian Day has apparently been trying to reclaim the word 'warlock.' Warlock either is derived from a middle English word meaning 'oath-breaker' or an Old Norse term meaning 'caller of spirits.' (However, just so you know, the Oxford English Dictionary denies the second derivation, as do most philologists.) Of course, when pagans get pissed off about something, they must go to an extreme, so when Charlie Sheen (of all people) went on one of his recent coked out rants and called himself a "Vatican Assassin Warlock," Christian Day took some offense. Not about wanting to kill everyone at the Vatican, but about the fact that Sheen said the word warlock. Because, you know, Day now has copyright on the term oh wait...no he doesn't...he's just crazy.

Well, good ol' Mr. Day decided that he and his cabal of followers were going to bind Charlie Sheen, but they couldn't just decide - like all other nut jobs with a pentacle and access to too much patchouli - to do it in the privacy of one of their fairy glend. No...that would be too decent. Day had to first publicly make sure that every media outlet available (a small list of them includes, but is most definitely not limited to: CNN, PerezHilton.com, TMZ, the Boston Globe, Fox News, Entertainment Weekly, the Guardian, and a host of other blogs, radio shows, and cable news talking heads) would cover the fact that a few folks were going to dress in cheap halloween costumes and bind Charlie Sheen.

Naturally, being a media whore, Day couldn't stop at merely saying he was going to do this ridiculous publicity stunt. He then had to film it for all the internet to see. (Video, of course, is below.) Which they now have. This has gone viral. And, I don't mean viral in an 'every teeny tiny pagan blogger with a few hundred followers is talking about it' kind of way. I mean this video is being played on major news networks, streamed online, tweeted and re-tweeted, and posted on hundreds of blogs. It is a virus, and it shows the worst of the pagan community.

Did he have to shake a dog-headed rattle at a skull? I mean, really, did he have to dress in a Count Dracula style cape with a visible cross? (Not a crucifix, but do YOU think the average Christian is going to tell the difference between an equal armed cross and a perversion of their sacred symbol? Methinks not, and methinks, also, that Day is probably counting on that.) Did they have to break out a machete sized athame? Did he have to have several news agencies there to videotape and photograph the event?

Answer: Of course he did. He is a media whore, dear Rioter, and this is what they do.

However, I would like to use Day as an example. An example of all those times when podcasters/bloggers say they hate when folks get in front of the camera with their fairy wings or goth get-up, spouting off all sorts of bullshit about the right way to use terms like 'warlock,' 'goddess,' and 'high priest.' For, dear Rioter, I know that I - and several other podkin and bloggers - have gotten much criticism and hate mail for saying that I'd rather normal, functioning adults be put in front of the camera, should the need allow.

I never mean that we cannot dress how we want when we go to parties, functions, conventions, gatherings, etc. We should have a time of play and frivolity. But to purposely seek out the media, and then to go in front of the world dressed up like he is and saying what he says, he sets our entire community and cause back generations. Goodness gracious! He put the video of his poorly put together and rather sad ritual under the Entertainment category on YouTube! This calls into serious question the reason why he would make such a video or launch such a media campaign.

Yes, there are plenty of folks in the media (mostly fictional) who come off as nice, normal people that just happen to be witches. But, given that our community is quite small by comparison, and given that we are such a solitary and secretive people, the greater community is rarely given a glimpse into the lives of real pagans. Of the folks next door. And, we can say to one another all day long, "Pagans are the lawyers, teachers, retail workers, cops, doctors, etc. in your community. They're normal, average, everyday people just like you and me," but if that message is only reaching a mostly pagan ear, then it is moot. It is meaningless.

What upsets me is that a resounding cry has gone out all across the internet by pagans against Day. But, none of those voices are being heard, at least, not on the level Day has reached thus far. There is not an equal and opposite voice in the mainstream media, welcoming cameras and newscasters into their living rooms. There is no soccer mom witch who is on CNN saying, "Look! See! I am a normal, functioning member of society that looks and acts and dreams just like you. I just happen to be pagan."

And I realize that most of the time when I (or those like me) say these kinds of things, we are met with extreme amounts of criticism. How dare you say I have to be normal! How dare you tell me I have to act or dress a certain way. How dare you act like you're better than me! None of those are the case, unless you also happen to be a Pagan Media Whore. If you are not actively seeking out cameras, reporters, or general fame by being an outrageous, ludicrous, incorrect stereotype, then let your freak flag fly! I say do what you want in the privacy of your home or your community. But, if you are choosing to put yourself out there as the face of the pagan community, which is exactly what Day is attempting to do, then you should have the decency to not make us look like stark raving mad D&D playing, LARPer wannabe, costumed social rejects who cast spells on sitcom actors!

Christian Day is the exception in the pagan community. Not all of us are like that. We know this, but the rest of the population does not. He gives those of us that hold down good jobs and don't dress like everyday is Halloween a very, very bad name. Honestly, I have to say, I pity him.

However, Rioters, Day might make you $1,000 richer! This is what all those Word of the Day segments have been for! Recently, on Day's Facebook page, he offered a $1,000 reward to anyone that can prove to him that 'warlock' doesn't mean 'oath-breaker.' Of course, he puts several caveats in there in order to make sure you cannot claim the prize. Such as, one must take into historical context 'why' the word means 'oath-breaker,' and not merely that the word means what it means. BUT!!! I feel we Rioters should take this as a challenge! If we win the money, I say we put it towards a feast at the Supermoot for all podkin and listeners who can attend - on Day, of course.

Quick question: Do you feel Christian Day falls into the category of legitimate pagan, or does he fall into the 'playgan' category? I'm not sure where I stand right now. He certainly looks one way, but he has definitely dedicated himself to another. Just curious...

If you can stomach watching them, the videos are below - both by Day and the edited version the rest of the world saw.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte




44 comments:

  1. Interesting. Uhm. . . It seem to me that there is some work that this group mind needs to do before they are cohesive and not pulling at each other energetically in separate directions. During my training, it was emphasized that there is great power in actually knowing the ritual and working by heart so you are not focusing on a card and instead focused entirely on the matter at hand.

    Personally, I would not have allowed flashing cameras during the ritual as I find it disrespectful and distracting to both coven and spirit and I would not make an announcement that I was performing said ritual. I would perform it and then sit back and watch it take effect with a sniggle and a snort or two as every one tried to figure out that the heck was going on. But this was not my ritual and not my decision. To boot, the media would never be interested in someone like me because I DO look awful normal and exist almost like a soccer mom.

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  2. I started watching this yesterday and stopped because it made me want to puke. The first thought that came to my mind was "That is not who we are, but give an idiot a camera and a bunch of other uneducated idiots will belief (or want to belief) all kinds of nonsense.

    What an embarrassment.

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    1. Before you call anyone "uneducated", perhaps you could learn the difference between common words like "belief" and "believe".

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  3. Christian Day and his fellow practitioners (or whatever you will call them) irk me beyond belief; the fact that these people are making a huge gripe about something that really is just Charlie Sheen being a very sick man with addiction problems. In an age where Pagans have started to gain a bit more acceptance from others, these people make us out to look like a bunch of (to be blatant) idiots. I find the fact that these people have gone out there and have become faces for our community makes me ill.

    Like you said, Fire Lyte, Charlie Sheen was just writing a bunch of coked up ramblings and these people used it as an excuse to get attention from the media.

    It isn't people like Charlie Sheen who are probably on some mind altering substance nearly 100% of the time that give the Pagan community a bad image. It is people such as Christian Day who are an embarrassment to a Spiritual community that is still trying to gain acceptance from society.

    It is truly unfortunate that stuff such as this has to happen because I feel that these people coming out and doing what they did virtually made a mockery of the Pagan communtity.

    -I apologize in advance if I ranted and rambled a bit too much (seeing as it is half past midnight currently) however I saw this article and felt a need to comment. I think for the most part I just repeated a lot of what Fire Lyte and other members of our community have said. After all, it is hard to be taken seriously as a community when you have goons (such as Christian Day) trying to get as much media attention as possible.

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  4. Offended by Charlie Sheen? Er, GET A LIFE. And that is just the beginning of what is wrong with this insane Halloween comedy hour. As you know, FL I have taken my own amount of whiney a$$ed critical review for suggesting that we all grow up just a little bit, actually hold a job and be a small part of functional society. You don't have to bake cupcakes for the kid's school parties and carry a Coach bag around. I mean it is fine if you do but that certainly isn't my style... ;) But, go play dress up somewhere other than national TV OK? You look like the loser of a badly planned high school costume party. OMG ALL of them do! WHAT do these people DO on a daily basis I wonder? LOL LOL LOL. I can't bear to watch the whole thing.

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  5. I'd like to play devil's advocate here, and balance out the debate (?) by siding with Christian....but I just can't.

    I firmly believe that if you want to walk around all day with bunny ears or fairy wings, or a ground-length cloak and an Anubis rattle - that's cool. For you.

    I can even say that if you want to 'help' others in your own non-physical way (sending energy, doing a spell, whatever) then that's your call. But for the gods sake, stay away from the media! Why would you notify them? What happened to "Keep Silent?"

    I really want to vote for Christian for his individuality, unashamedness and his willingness to stand up for whatever word he wants to call himself, but inviting the media in on this just leaves a really bad taste in my mouth. And so does Charlie Sheen. Ick.

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  6. Normally I'm a huge fan of Hex Education. I love the podcast, I love the guests they have on, I love listening to Lori Bruno when she goes on rants about practical magic and the Strega way. I've bought a few items from Christian Day's shop and been delighted and very impressed with the quality of their products. That shit works, yo!

    But I have to admit, I've been shaking my head and face=palming a LOT these last few days whenever I see a new FB update about the Charlie Sheen crap. On one hand, I think Christian Day and the others are going waaaaayyy overboard with it, but on the other hand, I have to remember that these people are SALEM WITCHES. Salem is like the Crazy Pagan Capital of the World, and they're used to doing things their way, which is over-the-top and theatrical.

    That being said, I still have a deep love for the types of witchcraft that Day and Lori Bruno and the other witches are associated with (Strega, Voodoo, Hoodoo, and necromancy), but I think there's a time and place for all this media attention and this sure as hell ain't it. Just leave Charlie Sheen in his coked out little daze and how about sending a Healing Ceremony to more important things in the world.

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  7. Just when we start to make headway as a community, fools like Day drag our image back to the distasteful fears of the burning times.

    A publicized binding spell on an emotionally-disturbed primetime star? Yeah, I'd say that has "media whore" written all over it!

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  8. O-M-G Why? People like this piss me off so much, they just take everything to the extreme! Like FL said I have no problem if you want to play warlock behind closed doors but don't drag the rest of the pagan community-a community that has worked hard over the last few years to be accepted-down with you. Living in the UK this doesn't affect me as much, the TV media at least (not some of the tabloids though) aren't quite as sensational as in the US but this just seems to undermine all of our attempts to be accepted. I hope this doesn't break massively over here, with the census and Pagan dash campaign going on the last thing we need is to be brought into widespread disrepute.
    I agree wholeheartedly with the tag of douchebag and the label media whore.

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  9. Thank you, Fire Lyte. Your commentary is spot on.

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  10. This is one of those cases where I'm almost glad I ignore the media circus (and most days I think that phrase is redundant) by and large. I really don't anything about either the Charlie Sheen incident or this business with Christian Day.

    I will say that I have mixed feelings about this. Yeah, I think Day and others are media whores. I also think they act way over the top to get the attention. And I absolutely don't like it.

    But at the same time, there's also the fact that the media also tends to seek out the showy, the ludicrous, and the controversial because it gets people's attentions (read: brings in the ratings). Let's face it, part of the reason people like you aren't getting the same media attention as Christian Day because your professional, "normal demeanor" just isn't as newsworthy (read: entertaining). So I think the media's tendency to seek out the Christian Days of the community while ignoring the others bears some responsibility for the situation as well.

    That and I do think there's still some room for frivolity and eccentricity when speaking to the greater public as a Pagan. Sure, acting like Christian Day and some others have is way too overboard, but just a touch of "color" to an otherwise serious and respectable presentation can be rewarding and worthwhile, I think.

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  11. I tried watching this but the woman in pink had the most atrocious accent! I'm from the Pacific NW and our voices are very flat so listening to this woman was like listening to the demented twin sister of the Nanny!

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  12. The guyliner is looking terrible on Day!

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  13. Actually, I don't find this any different than the christian television evangalists. Remembering a time of Tammy Fae and her bizzare ways. Christians have their media whores and so do Pagans that is the way of people. I would no more think that those I see on t.v. are typical christian than I think Day is typical pagan. As to things done it the 70s, please remember you were not there and what looks stupid or insulting now was actually seen in a different light then. Sure, it doesn't reflect today's pagan but back then finding anything was so important to those of us starting out. First book I ever found was by Sybil Leek and she would certainly not fit in today's witchview.
    Hugs and sparkles
    WG

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  14. Odom of the Evil EyeMarch 15, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Why, of all news stations, did he send it to FOX NEWS?! I mean he really shouldn't have sent the video to anyone, but FOX NEWS?!

    Damn you Christian Day, and damn you Charlie Sheen and your tiger's blood made of win!

    -Odom of the Evil Eye

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    1. Because that's who airs complete bullshit and fabricated lies and he knows it.

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  15. Thank you for writing a spot on blog that reveals Christian Day in his true light! He claims not to be the voice of the pagan community but his actions say otherwise.His antics may be distasteful to the majority of the pagan community. However,there are more than enough people willing to go along with whatever he says or does because sadly,they believe his notoriety will somehow benefit them. The media didn't go to Mr Day,Mr Day went to the media ranting and raving about Charlie's Sheen misuse of the word warlock. Unfortunately,many media outlets thought this to be newsworthy! Mr Day is a hypocrite. He regularly posts comments on his FB page and local media sources crying foul when anyone attacks him or his beliefs. This coming from a man who regularly refers to women as c****!! His arrogance even led him to post a comment on FB expressing his desire to use his new found publicity to fufill one of his New Year Resolutions...to hire a "midget" as a personal assistance! He could be using all this public exposure to further understanding of what witchcraft really is. He's not concerned about the witch-bashing as a whole that has resurfaced in the spotlight of public opinion. He's upset with those he refers to as "haters" for making fun of his eyeliner,hair,wardrobe,etc. Talk about being shallow! Where's his indignation towards those who denounce the very existence of witches? Christian Day is the very definition of the word "narcissist"! Everything revolves around what he thinks and does and Goddess help anyone who speaks the truth against him! It will be interesting to see how many media sources do another story on this when Christian Day attends the Charlie Sheen tour when it comes to Boston! As disgusting as this all is,you have to give this media whore some credit because his notoriety,popularity and bank account have all benefited as a result. Until the next chapter unfolds......Blessed Be to all!

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  16. This what the people of Salem think of him and his crew

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zh50aiQbIFU

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  17. This is Rick Watson telling what Christian Day is really like and he could care less if you are a single person or store. Anything to get his way

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEfjavJDOR4&feature=player_embedded

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  18. This is one Christiane Day never wants anyone to know about .This is his father

    http://www.salemnews.com/local/x187426892/Big-drug-bust-nets-pot-pills-in-Salem

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  19. Anon,

    That last link was nothing more than character assassination and an attempt at "guilt by association."

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  20. The world is getting to know what the 3 fools are like. Good viewing

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dp4kSPU3TlM

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    1. What's on the video?....It's not there anymore.

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  21. He tells everyone he lives in mansion ?? LOL

    http://i1208.photobucket.com/albums/cc380/MrFredLester/summer.jpg

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  22. No offense but the average Christian would notice the difference. They are not all that bad. Some actually believe in Christ and love him.

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  23. Truly an embarrassment. This bunch looks like a Saturday Night Live skit. Where is Will Ferrell when we need him?
    I am sorry that people will think this is what really goes on. As some Christians send out the wrong energies with their actions, so is this sad little group of charlatans sending out the wrong energies with their performance. They are costumed, play acting fools and will probably never understand the true magic of working with the Earth, so caught up are they in the drama they are starring in. Their loss. If anything, Witchcraft is a humble natural part of the order of things and hot pink sequined tops do not really belong at ritual. Blessed be.

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  24. Along with all the "normal" (?) people mentioned: teachers, retail clerks, lawyers, and soccer Moms etc. there are Pagans of all kinds including some like Christian Day. I don't think it's such an awful thing. It's like being embarassed about a cousin you have that is eccentric. I think one of the fun things about being Pagan is everyone gets to be what works for them. Mr. Day is not telling you to put on a cape and appear in public, and even if you feel that his is not the best image to present to the public, it's nothing to get all worked up about. Granted we are trying to get more respect for Pagan religions, but the types that will use Chrisian Day as an example to say all Pagans are evil/crazy/ sinful (insert your own adjective) are going to say that about us anyway. The gods are many and there are more than likely a few that find Mr. Day to their liking. Part of the beauty of the many forms of Neo-Paganism is there is room for all, even the ones that sparkle.

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  25. Thank you for this. Oh dear Goddess, thank you for this. Can I tell you that when I saw this dumbass on the evening news I started yelling at the tv! Oh it lit such a fire under my a$$. I am a Pagan shop owner in MA and thankfully, far enough away from Salem to not have to deal with this crap. Day is well known in these parts for his idiocy and whoring to the media. I am a High Priestess in a very eclectic pagan community that is fully family oriented and we have no patience or use for people like Day. It has been our desire to show the "public" through our actions that most Pagans ARE just "normal" people who practice their faith with love, light and dare I say it... dignity. Yes I am a Witch, open and proud of it. I am a mom, a wife, a businesswoman, artist and more. I live a normal, every day life and I do not appreciate people like Day taking it upon themselves to "represent" me, my family or my community. But oh, don't get me wrong... when October hits, I'm the first one out in my witchy hat!

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  26. This is all rather amusing, Fire Lyte. I wonder if half these posters realize that not only did you and I go on one another's shows, but you also chose my shop, OMEN, as the place to host the Pagan Podcasting Supermoot last September. They seem to be a bit behind the times.

    As for Floss and Richard Parsons and their "anonymous" posting about my father, really? Not taking into consideration that nearly every Pagan I know seems to like a puff off a joint once in awhile, and not even getting into the fact that I've never smoked a joint, done an illegal drug, smoked a cigarette, or even been drunk a day in my life, let's just consider the fact that my father's actions have nothing to do with me. Of course, now that my niece was in a drunk driving accident in which someone died, this is apparently now my fault as well, again, not getting into the fact that I've never been drunk a day in my life. Moreover, it's utterly disgusting that they would use this family's tragedy as a means of scoring points against me. I've never seen anything so sickening, but it just goes to show you that their case against me is pretty weak if they have to constantly attack my family.

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  27. Back in 1992, I had the notion to just up and move to Salem. I don't really know why, but I do know that when I got there, I fell in love with the place. I made some wonderful friends, but that all changed when the witch wars really started in earnest. I knew Christian, and I was always put off by him. But I was also put off by the ones on the "other side", and with good reason - I didn't want to get caught up in that whole affair. So I distanced myself as much I could from it, and found myself all but ostracized. I can truly say today that it was Christian Day and his antics, minions, and hangers-on being the main reason why I moved away from Salem to begin with. Needless to say, what he has done here comes as no surprise whatsoever to me. All I can do is just cringe and shake my head. Sad...truly sad. "Media Whore" is too kind of a title - he's been seeking fame for at least as long as the 1990s. Unfortunately, he's getting it now, and thanks to this, it will be very hard to simply sweep him under the rug and forget about him. No, thanks to him, we now have to be on guard. Warlock...yes, he is one...from the TRUE meaning of the word.

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  28. I wanted to vomit and could barely get through the video. True in 2011...still true today. I don't like when people take spiritual beliefs and use them for play-acting. I guess he's just trying to make sure that once the 'Official Witch of Salem' passes on...there is a prompt place for the 'Official Warlock'? Sad...pathetic..why can't THEY embrace the diversity of Witches/Pagans in the community instead of always force-feeding society one stereotype?

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  29. There are many of us specially of Scottish, Irish and even German, Etc. Roots who have reclaimed Warlock based on actual meaning not other nonsense, and believe me when i say Christian Day, Z. Budapest and the whole lot of them are a blight on any progress for anyone selling a terrible carnival act for a tourist trap and sales of bullshit works ripped from everyone else. Those assholes should speak the "Name" of "Anything" no more and seriously update their outfits from the ugly bad rerun of 70's hair and makeup not to mention.

    P.S. Waerloga is not historically attested and Waer means Aware as in being Wary/Cautious, etc. and Loga or Lagu means Laws and āð-bræcan means Oath Breaker. Lēogere which means essentially a "liar" has no connection to "loga." So as you see the etymology wear given and sppon fed is just one of the many examples of so called "Scholars" not actually doing any home work. What I would like to know is who all these Mystery scholars are. Just some food for thought.

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  30. I think everyone can agree that people like Christian Dork and Z, Buda-putts are full of crap. But so are most that cal themselves either Warlocks or Witches for that matter as those that call themselves Shamans, Medicine people and the like with absolutely no clue about the sacredness of such roles are. For over 20 years I have been personally fighting for the bad etymology to be removed and the facts stated. A Warlock is a male, a Witch a female. Always has been. Wizard wasn't even a word till the 1500's. Warlock and Witch was far older. The same with Witchdoctor which did not exist till the 1700's and always meant essentially a Witch hunter and Quack Doctor. For those that actually know the truth or want to know the facts, they need to cross reference the sources.Doreen Valiente is the one that gave the crap claim of its negative meaning while side stepping Witch also had a negative one and presented Waerloga in the 1970's. The dictionaries took this up in the 80's then added more crap from Arcadia Press in 1991. Let me make it very clear. Loga means LAWS in O.E. Waer means "Aware."

    Warlock comes from a condensing of two words; Warden and Lock. A Protector of Bonds. The alternative is Vardkloka Protector of Knowledge. Get Over it. Day and al the others fail to recognize Warlocks and Witches were part of and worked together within an egalitarian culture, not the Romanized Bullshit that started as early and the 4th century onward. Also let me make one more thing very clear; Real Warlocks and Witches do not believe it is ethical to charge money for any ceremony or teaching. Any who charge you even a penny are NOT authentic. There are no "easy number of steps, a few days on the weekend," or a fee to receive such a blessing. Even beginning to learn such ways takes decades and must be done with great caution and patience out of respect for the sacred.

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  31. Friends please watch my video this is serious and it is truth from me, a Real Warlock= Protector of Bond/Knowledge/Wisdom.
    Warlock Reclaimed with Truth: http://sidutru.webs.com

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  32. find that on youtube

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  33. Christian Day brags about being on Fox News.
    That says it all!

    http://i57.tinypic.com/33xh84w.jpg

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  34. Graffiti from the bathroom wall outside Cinema Salem, lol.

    http://i59.tinypic.com/2lcfx2.jpg

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  35. You people obviously don't get it. What Christian Day does he does so sensitive blowhard hypocrites like you will rant an rave about him, thereby giving him MORE attention. If you dont like what he does the STFU about it. He is a genius, and this whole blog and ensuing comments just proves it.

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  36. In looking up things to do in Salem, I came across Day's name. I googled him and was told that he was the world's most famous warlock. I just must not get out much because until today I had never heard of him. Last time I checked, Canada was part of the world so how could this be? I asked an Elder, who also had never heard of him. I kept looking and found this. The first thing I have to say is that the shakey dog head thingy brought my cat running because it sounded like the pounce tin. Second, Faux news is not really a news channel. It's the lamest, yet most dangerous propaganda channel the US has. Canadians have as much faith in Faux as they do in Rob Ford. (There's a sit-com brewing here! The DayFord's) In seeing this, and then looking further, I have come to the conclusion that this person is not a positive public spokesperson for the Pagan community.
    For those who say we should STFU: Christians everywhere are stating that the WBC is not indicative of all Christians. Muslims will tell you that not all Muslims are al-qaeda. When loud mouthed shnooks grab the spotlight, we need to be vocal in saying "This is not normal Pagan behavior". To not state it clearly is to allow that perception to be the only perception that the non Pagan world sees.
    Lastly, men who wear this much eyeliner need a sassier stylist, a shorter skirt and higher stillettos.

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  37. I gotta say...Christian Day sounds like a media whore alright, but I'll take Day's good old-fashioned media whoring any day over your noxious respectability politics. I visited Salem recently, and I like that it feels like one of those places where it's ok to be a "politically incorrect" witch. None of this "OMG I'm not a scary evil Satanist or Goth or D&D LARPer or mentally ill person or guy who wears eyeliner, I'm a nice sane respectable corporate soccer mom like you!" bullshit. As if those were the people who are actually destroying the world, and not investment bankers in suits. I mean, I get it. You want to be accepted by mainstream society. But you want to do it by throwing your Pagan brothers and sisters under the bus, so to speak. "Let you freak flag fly...in the privacy of your own home"? That's not what letting your freak flag fly MEANS. Please remember that Madre Diana has been from ancient times the protector of slaves and outcasts.

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  38. Christian Day is a fuhkin idiot fool that does nothing more than try to corner the market on other people's stupidity. He is phony in every way. I've lived in Salem since 1977 and seen them come and go. There have been some very pleasant and sincere Witch/Warlock sorts. Gay Day is not even close. The entire City threw a party when this POS left. What a fuhkin embarrassment.

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  39. 'Gay Day'?
    Really??
    yes the guy's a tool, but using his sexuality as a slur? Well that's just crass and stupid.
    grow the fuck up.

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  40. While I agree he is quite ridiculous, does that make him any less a Witch? Having a flamboyant personality like he does and liking attention does not mean he is not sincere with his craft. If someone does not know that one person doesn't represent an entire religion, then they should learn reason. I can see why people feel negatively about him, he makes me cringe as well, but every witch is an entirely different person with flaws and faults.

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