"Race With the Devil"
Imagine for a moment that Hollywood did a bunch of movies portraying Jews as eating children or raping neighbors. It's not going to happen, is it? Well, why then does it seem okay to pick on Pagans and those who perform witchcraft? There has been such a corruption of the concept of an entire religion that it's staining everyone's viewpoint.
Popular culture, such as Hollywood's portrayal of a religion, can greatly color those who are uneducated about it. Just remember what fundamentalists did to color most people's views of Muslims and Mormons.
Now, let me clear up a few things:
Witches are not like 1970s movies who perform sacrifices and worship the devil--they do not even have a devil in their concept.
The pentacle is not an evil sign, but if inverted (turned upside down) it has been used to represent bad things, just as the cross upside down is used for the same purpose--a corruption of a sacred symbol--now representing the opposite of that loving practice.
Witches believe that what they send out comes back to them many times over--a powerful form of the "golden rule."
They do not rush about looking for people to rape with a horned mask on (rolling my eyes and sighing).
They believe in the forces of nature and that they work to heal and to empower. Every time you take an aspirin or eat your kale, you are reinforcing what they already know--that nature works and if we work with it, our life is more beneficial and rewarding.
At one point, all of our ancestors were Pagan and most of our religions today incorporate many Pagan symbols and practices. Stronger more powerful and wealthy religions turned us away from nature and our synchronicity with it in order to bring us indoors into places of worship we paid for with gold from the worker's pockets to create idols and "market" religion. The majority of pagans practice solitary with nature and no need for a paid for intermediary. They are the purest form of religion with an ancient knowledge we should all pay high respect, just as Christians pay Jews respect for their adherence to the Old Testament.
So, for the sacred time of Samhain and all the compassionate, earth-loving pagans out there, Merry Samhain.
Ultimately, let's just remember the evil by the Nazis, not because of Jews, but because of those who feared their belief system. It was perpetrated on those who were innocent by those who were ignorant. Learn more about Pagans and rid yourself of Hollywood's desire to make money with titillation. After all, they are the same ones who think we need Kardashians 24/7 and women who are size -1.
Hollywood stop screwing with people's views of Paganism and equating it with Devil worship!