Rather sad actually…

I find it rather ironic that what is so far the only offensive comment I have ever received about this blog has been written by a “good Christian”. Ok, so they didn’t want me to link to their website. That’s fair enough, and perhaps I should have asked first …my mistake for not doing so. I didn’t know they were Christian, in fact I never even considered what their particular religious bent might be. I’ve not had a problem with anyone else, and plenty of other people have also linked to my site without asking my permission, which I don’t mind. I really didn’t think it would be a problem. In any case I complied with their request and removed the link as soon as I saw their message. I meant no offense to anyone by placing their link on my site …I did it purely as a service to others who might be looking for more information about Asperger’s Syndrome because I thought this person’s site had something to offer in that respect.

What irks me the most is not that they wanted their site link removed, but rather the way in which the demand was made! What happened to a simple, civil request, especially from someone who supposedly has “seen the light” and should have risen above the need for foul-mouthed insults to get their point across?

Paganism still has a long way to go before we are ever going to be given the same respect and acceptance that other “mainstream” religions have, and this “comment” is a prime example of the ignorance of so many other people regarding Paganism and the unfounded fears and misconceptions they have about it…

hi,

while I appreciate you having a link to my site, it is better to ask me first via email… I don’t appreciate my site being with a weirdo who’s into witchcraft and paganisam and tarot cards…now that I mention that, I WANT IT TO BE REMOVED FROM YOUR SITE IMMEDIATELY!!! NOT NEXT WEEK NOW!

Are you an Aspie that believes in cults, witchcraft, paganism, tarot cards etc, YOUR AN ABSOLUTE FUCKING WEIRDO and I feel so sorry for you as you are a lost soul that doesn’t know it’s way to the light…, it’s hidden in darkness, and the only way you can come thru to the light, is to not do this, as to forgive & heal yourself with a relationship with God, and become a Christian.

WHEREVER YOU ARE WHATEVER YOU DO, YOU ARE NOT DOING THE RIGHT THING HERE, AND I CAN SEE FROM OUTSIDE IN, LOOKING AT YOU. A FRIGHTENED LOST SOUL THAT DOESN’T KNOW RIGHT FROM WRONG. YOU NEED TO REMOVE ALL HEADINGS AND LINKS THAT DISPLAY WITCHCRAFT, TAROT, PAGANISM, SPIRITUALITY, PSYCHIC, AND PERSONAL READINGS, because you will frighten a lot of people who don’t believe in this sort of rubbish!! because if you believe in it, and continue on with it in your life, you will land in a place where there is fire, and whipping and knashing of teeth, (meaning Hell) and if this is where you want to land, then go right ahead, and continue on with this as your life journey because I can see where your headed…T….R…O…..U…B….L….E….!! HUGE TROUBLE! if you continue this way, you will head towards depression, anxiety and most likely suicide and then death, then you will see where you will end up for the rest of your life ETERNITY seperated from the God who created you.

And you’ve got your heading wrong as well, it should be outside in, not inside out…where you have your links. I shall check up on your site to see if my site is removed, otherwise I will contact WordPress who will remove it immediately.

Thanks and good luck with your lifetime.

As for the issue of cults …um, who here is trying to tell someone how they should live their life and what they should believe? Certainly not me or any of my Pagan friends. In general I think most Pagans have a healthy respect for other people’s right to live by religious or spiritual beliefs of their own choosing, without the need for proselytizing, coercion or indoctrination in any form. We don’t have to like or agree with what other people believe, but we should respect their right to choose what they feel is right for them (except of course if those beliefs involve violence and/or incite hatred towards others). Respect and tolerance for others can go a long way towards breaking down barriers and building friendship and understanding!

I suppose I really should thank the person who wrote this comment on my blog for actually taking the time to write and tell me how wrong I am and for giving me the opportunity to correct my errant ways. This person is obviously very passionate about their beliefs, and while I respect their right to believe as they do, I do not appreciate the self righteous, bigoted attitude behind their tirade, nor do I appreciate being called an “absolute fucking weirdo”. They lost all credibility when they typed that one! I am a polite and reasonable person, I don’t go around insulting people and I certainly don’t need to be threatened in any way, simply to remove a link. Like I said above, a simple, civil request would have sufficed.

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  1. Its very sad that in this day and age so called ‘christians’ have moved so far away from the spiritual message that the bible was intended to convey………….

    I’m sorry but anyone who can judge so vehemently on such little evidence or discussion has truly forgotten how to be a true ‘christian’. Seems so easy to skip the parts of the bible that teach ‘tolerance’, ‘acceptance’ ‘love’ and quotes things such as ………“Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).”.

    Such a shame cos in its truest form the bible, upon which all ‘christian’ faiths are supposedly based on has a lot to teach us, even those of us that may be classed as ‘absolute fucking weirdos’ by certain individuals.

    Perhaps that is why i am no longer a ‘christian’ as in terms of following an organised religion but have followed the path of paganism. Paganism was around many, many years before ‘christianity’ and in fact has been the basis of many a ‘christian’ celebration…… it is ‘accepting of difference’ it does ‘promote tolerance’ and the aspect of ‘love’ is never far from its many celebrations.

    How far from the true teachings of ‘God’ has this poor individual fallen.

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  2. This person is truly a sad reflection of the Christian faith. What happened to “love thy neighbour as thyself”.

    When Christ said “Judge not, that ye be not judged”, he went on to say:

    “For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:2

    So Mote it be

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  3. what a truly despicable act. Okay fair enough they don’t wish to have their link on your page, but that does not give them the right to tell you what you can and can not believe in, nor how you should live your life….

    i think you might find that they do more of that than actually living their life… sad really…

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  4. LOL that person is being ridiculous!!!! You put a site up on to the web – anyone can link to it and you don’t HAVE to ask. It’s nice, but not necessary.

    I’d leave the link and this post up. And I’d point out to everyone who this lovely author is and what their website is.

    But then again, that’s just me being antagonistic 😉

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  5. Thanks everyone for your comments. 😀

    I did think of leaving the link up, or maybe adding it to my post so people would know who it was, then decided against it. I couldn’t be bothered dealing with another angry rant from the person involved when they checked their website’s cPanel again and saw another link …although it would have been strangely satisfying to elicit such a response, LOL.

    I’d like to think that they’ve checked back again some time and read this page. Hmmm… maybe I should put their link back up just to make sure they do, LOL …nah …perhaps not.

    Their website promotes their small, one person business… “KSpeak (not their real name but close) is an organisation based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. KSpeak provides educational sessions to the wider community to enhance awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome. KSpeak specialises in the area of teenagers/adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders/Asperger’s Syndrome only. KSpeak also provides self help life course materials for the general public on life journeys and Asperger’s Syndrome/Autism Spectrum Disorders.”

    I’m glad they’ve shown their “true colours” as now I feel quite happy about not promoting their site …their comment above raises a few questions about the quality of their advice regarding other things in life too.

    In any case, it was inspiration for a blog entry which in turn generated lots of comments …yay! 😀

    (Edit: 6/7/2012 – a little while after this comment was written they changed the wording of their business description so the direct quote above would not show in a Google search …sneaky, lol.)

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  6. Wow. I just read this post and I am in shock. I really cannot believe what was written to you.

    I confess I am a Christian; however I must say that I am quite ashamed of even saying that. I prefer to say a follower of Jesus, because that is what I do. I try to follow his teachings. This message to you is definitely not his teachings.

    I came across your blog today while trying to find info on Aspie’s and Spirituality. I happen to find your posts very interesting. While we may have different beliefs I do not see why we cannot respect each other and come together in the commonality of being Aspie’s or even human beings for goodness sakes. Those words written to you imply that you are less human or something I really don’t know it is just plain evil.

    The whole problem is not fitting, and I must say I have had this fear of being rejected by my own. I am self diagnosed, my son is an Aspie and my two other children show traits as well. My husband has traits also, he is an organic chemist. Woo Hoo!

    I just wanted to let you know that there is at least one “Christian” out there who finds this behavior repulsive and completely against the very thing we are supposed to represent.

    So anyway I just want to encourage you in your journey and hope that you won’t write us all off. 🙂

    I will continue to read your posts.

    Sincerely,
    Angel

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  7. Hi Angel …thank you so much for your very thoughtful & compassionate comment. I’ve been reading through your blog & found that we do have so very much in common in our thoughts & attitudes about the communities we find ourselves a part of, both in the spiritual/religious sense & regarding family/friends etc.

    I came to the conclusion a long time ago that many aspects of “Christianity” had strayed a long way from the original teachings of Jesus Christ. But, I also know a lot of Pagans who are not very spiritual people either, in spite of what they claim to practice & believe. Within any of the many spiritual & religious belief systems in the world there’s always going to be those individuals or groups who interpret those ideas very differently & can’t see the hypocrisy in their words or deeds.

    Don’t worry, I haven’t written off all Christians, LOL …just the ones who insist that their way is the only way & feel they have the right to force their views onto others. I’m all for peacefully & respectfully agreeing to disagree. I’m also one for noticing the similarities in supposedly different beliefs & pointing those out as common grounds to build on to achieve understanding & acceptance. 🙂

    I really enjoyed reading your blog & will continue to read your posts also. Hope you don’t mind, but I’ve added a link to your blog in my “Inside, Looking Out” section. (I know you’ll ask politely if you want the link removed. 😉 ) You have a wonderful gift for writing & I would like to be able to help in this small way to guide others to your blog by having a link on mine …& it also makes it easier for me to find your blog again, LOL. 😉

    Blessed Be,
    Jenny

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  8. Hey Jenny,

    Thanks for the compliments about my blog. That really means a lot.

    After reading your comment here, I must say I like the way you think! 😉

    I think it is great that you are linking to my site!

    I am going to link to yours too, hope you don’t mind. Hee hee

    Blessings back at you,
    Angel

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  9. Wow….wow, I don’t even know what to say. I appreciate your blog, in large part, because of its spiritual nature. I am Christian (albeit a liberal, Universalist one) and am proud to have a link to your blog on mine.

    It is unfortunate the misconceptions that abound about Wicca and Neo-Paganism. Whenever something gets a bad rap I like to delve deep and study the topic myself. That’s why I know quite a bit abound and have an appreciate for Neo-Paganism for an non-Neo-Pagan. It is entirely different from these horrible things so many assume.

    Keep up the good work!

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  10. Thank you for appreciating my blog enough to link to it. 🙂 I wish more people had your attitude towards finding out the truth about something instead of blindly believing rumours and incorrect assumptions.

    I too can relate to the concerns of the Autism acceptance movement as well as those of parents seeking Autism treatments. Sometimes I just can’t “takes sides” so to speak, on an issue as I can see both sides also …having an open mind is definitely the way to go for me too. 🙂

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