Recently, over at wiccantogether.com there has been a massive influx of newer members claiming to be followers of Christian Witchcraft. It's obvious to all of you here that Christian Wicca cannot possibly exist, but some of these members (who shall remain nameless so no one goes off the deep end by simply seeing their names) claim that merging Christianity and witchcraft, there is no real harm to the witchcraft community, and our strong "meanie, poo poo head" rants about their Epic failing is rude and insensitive...
...Except it isn't. You cannot be a Christian witch. I repeat, you cannot IN NO WAY OR FASHION be a Christian WITCH. Sorry to quickly brandish the capital letters there gang, but I, like many of us here, are super, duper tired of these Jesus loving DERPS trying to drag the word "witch" through the body and blood of Christ. I'm kinda over it and Jesus is too. For reals.
So why the hell is this in a DRW discussion page? Well, I will tell you why, first and foremost I felt that one of the easiest ways for me to really think more about DRW and its impact on the pagan community was to cross examine it in a sense with other paths of witchcraft, even other paths that really aren't true other witchcraft paths. This way, when I am thinking about what makes DRW, well, DRW I am able to have examples readily available for you all to understand where my odd little witchy head is at. Cools? Okay, let's go.
First and foremost, one of the reasons why Aislynn (who is awesome) and I came up with DRW was to try and find a way to explain that witchcraft can be religious. This means that there are deity forms that a witch can work with and worship, there are holidays we follow (granted they are totally 'colored' by the pantheon we work with, like Aislynn works with Celtic deities and I with the Norse), and other things that as DRW's we follow, and we always followed before we really put it in the witchcraft category. For us DRW's, we also follow what is commonly known as outer court Wiccan materials, i.e all of the information that was published by some BTW's and other trads. that has made its way to the massive over exposure point that the blessed internet gives us today. DRW's find value with the Wiccan rede (the correct interpretation...I personally never got the whole "harm none" over abuse even back in my fluffier days) and with other elements that some follow, like the 13 goals of a witch, elemental balance when casting a circle, etc.
With our very name claiming that Witchcraft is religious, its very painful for me to see some tools on another site claiming that they can chuck in Jesus, wear a cross and a pentacle, and give the Goddess her proverbial booting all over again. Christian witches seem to operate under the idea that witchcraft is just spell work, and in some circumstances it is. For example, in parts of Mexico, there are those who are known as Brujas and Brujos ( the masculine form of the title) who are totally fine with hexing you a new one and do not always have a moral code like more European forms of witchcraft (i.e BTW Wica, DRW, and some CIW/TIW's) to stop them from doing this. There isn't a deity that governs or implications that a deity of any kind would intermediate in this hexing. This is witchcraft in the simple form of spell casting, hexing, the pure magical aspect of witchcraft. Feel free to totally correct that last paragraph, and make some arguments.
Christian witches take witchcraft, assume its completely devoid of any religion, and bring Jesus into it. Some feel that there is no need for gender balance in their witchcraft tradition, and if they are trying to interject Christianity into religious witchcraft, they are wrong because in all of my few years being a DRW, I've never met a witch, heck a Pagan for that matter who did not find gender balance a necessity. Sure, there are some who do not feel the need to have the God or the Goddess present there all the time, but on sabbats and other key holidays they follow, most that I know have a masculine and a feminine deity they work with. This is the first fatal flaw of Christian witchcraft; the gender balance needed in religious witchcraft is ripped out and tossed aside like a golden calf. *clunk*
The next fatal flaw of CW, the assumption that their said deity would LIKE to be worshiped in this fashion. God, the Christian one, would NEVER want to be worshiped in a circle in some 16 year old's bedroom as she dances around skyclad and sings kumbaya. Okay, horrid imagery, sorry gang, but that's what is going on. God likes churches, that's why there are so many of them! He loves the pomp and circumstance of mass, service, whatever denomination x,y, or z calls it. He likes the formality of it, the kneeling in prayer of his converts, and the old school way he is honored and (arguably) feared, so why mess with it in a small and sad little circle at 10pm while your parents watch Matlock? It makes no sense.
Other flaws include but are not limited to:
1. Herbal healing is witchcraft, so I can do witchcraft without all of that nasty sacrificing, blood rites, and all of the other "evil pagan" stuff, so even if I do completely biff up with this stuff, I can go to heaven and say "but it was herbal healing St. Peter...scout's honor. Using herbs by themselves, or growing them and using them is herbalism, not witchcraft, you have to utilize them in witchcraft via a spell to make it magical...how is that so hard to understand?
2. Jesus was a witch: Yeah, no I don't think so. Jesus was the son of GOD...you know, the one of the cross! Oh, and this includes Jesus as a magi, magician, or a gnostic as well. Jesus was Jesus and I'd kick ass to hear his side of the story with regards to all this BS floating around about him.
3.God is a girl, and her name is Sophia: Wrong again CW's, Sophia is the name of God's feminine side, his female aligned wisdom if you will. In no way did Christianity as we know it now EVER have a female deity. If it did, I almost would have stayed a part of the church for a half second longer. Lillith was a badass woman, and because her story have been cut out of all versions of the Bible I am aware of, to use it in reference to the modern form of Christianity to even justify a female deity is heresy in any denomination of Christianity. Sorry gang, but they weren't too found of women who thought for themselves back in the day. :S
4. Gnotisicism is Christian witchcraft!: No, Gnosticism is its own wonderful and beautiful thing. Sure, it and Christianity have some common roots, but hiding behind the "mysterious and esoteric" Christianity cousin annoys me. If you are going to call yourself an Esoteric Christian, then call yourself an Esoteric Christian...what does witchcraft have to do with that?! Seriously?!
In Conclusion, Christian witchcraft uses a half assed, under read and poorly learned definitions of Christianity and Gnotisicism which causes harm to both paths, which then gets merged into a religious witchcraft path and is all justified under the fluffy mentality of acceptance and love and all that unicorn poo. Even if one was to be Christian and claim to use a form of witchcraft without any deity in it, Jesus is not gonna just let you mess up his dad's house, especially when said holy father is all powerful and hates you dancing around skyclad in your bedroom in your "circle" you cast from your $RW witch kit *shakes fist*. It cannot, and will never work. The last thing the Pagan community wants is to deal with this massive influx of common sense failing that cannot even be remotely validated by someone (read me) who hasn't even been a Catholic for the last 8 years. I'm totally fine with admitting I am not completely will versed in all denominations of Christianity, but when someone like myself who has been out of the loop finds big honkin' holes in your religion, you sir have an issue.
*lightsaber sheathed* I hope you enjoyed this little walk and talk with me. BB, Yarrowsage.