Quick example: Somewhere over the past ten years, people started saying the phrase, "Gay is the new Black." Meaning that the GLBT rights struggle is the new version of the civil rights struggle for black Americans. This is not true. At all. Under any circumstances. Black men and women had to fight and overcome centuries of slavery. They were not even thought of as human, by some, and by many more as less than human or partly human. (3/5 compromise) They had to fight and fight to gain the right to vote, to live where they want, to send their children to the same schools, and the list goes on.
Gay people, too, have their own struggles. They are not allowed to marry the partner of their choosing. Many don't want them to have children - either naturally or by adoption. They are kicked out of their families for being gay or their churches or their jobs. Unlike with a racial minority, when two straight people have a child it is not guaranteed to be straight.
The two struggles are different, though they are both under the umbrella of "Civil Rights Issues."
It seems that the latest trend in "reporting pagan news" is to hitch our idea to the rising star of marriage equality. This is also a fallacy. The two issues could not be more different if they tried. I have read some of those blogs that nearly every other pagan blogger and podcaster out there puts up that "THE BLOG TO READ" that say bald-faced lies like "modern pagan faiths...have been on the front lines of these battles [for marriage equality."
There is not, and never has been, a concerted effort by the entire pagan community to get equal marriage rights for the gay and lesbian community. Never.
That is not to say that there are not GLBT individuals in the pagan community, or pagans who have fought for GLBT rights, but this concerted effort by the pagan community that keeps getting written about is not real.
Also, there seems to be this idea that we are living in something that some call "post-Christianity." That Christianity is on the decline, the way out, so we should all rejoice. And, oh by the way, NOW IS THE TIME to start getting out there and marrying the gays and making sure that we publicize how open and accepting we are of all sexual orientations, because then those questioning Christians who are jumping the Jesus ship will come leaping and hopping to our groves and covens and circles and Starbucks meet-ups and knitting circles and candle-lightings.
I have said it before, and I'll continue to say it as long as there are "pagan news blogs" out there saying the opposite.
NOT EVERY NEWS STORY HAS A PAGAN SLANT!
Continuing the idea that repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell, or gaining marriage equality has something to do, largely and mostly, with the pagan community is just grasping at ghost straws. They're not there to grab, and nobody else can see them but you. Nearly the entire news cycle has little to nothing to do with the pagan community, and us continuing to try and make up a daily pagan news cycle is, again, a bit ludicrous. Not every little thing that comes on CNN or your network of choice has to do with the pagan community.
What we have as a rich, full community is enough. We do not need to hitch our pentacle to the rainbow flag of gay rights. Gay is not the new Black, unless you're just meaning that it is the newest headline grabbing civil rights struggle. Pagans and their attempt to get governmental acceptance for various institutions, such as the military or prisons, is not the same thing as Gay rights. Just because Christianity is on a decline doesn't mean it's going anywhere as the number one religion in the world any time soon, and it doesn't mean with should delight in its downfall, and it also doesn't mean that now is the time of the great pagan upswell in America.
We are enough. As is. We do not need misappropriation of other civil rights struggles to make us more legitimate or more real than we already are. We do not need to shoulder another groups' struggles, because we already have enough problems trying to stop fighting with one another long enough to get our own problems taken care of.
What do you, the Rioters, think? Are you tired of hearing about how pagans are on the front lines of the GLBT struggle? Am I barking up a ghost tree, that nobody can see but me? Is the truth somewhere in the middle?
Love and Lyte,