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Top 5 Potential Allies Conservatives Ignore – at Our Peril

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Posted on January 22 2011 6:00 am
Rob Taylor has a Master of Arts degree from Wesleyan University. He blogs at Greenville Dragnet.

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3. The Neo-Pagan Right

Conservatives had often assumed that neo-paganism is a leftist sub-culture and for the most part they were right. But the Internet has helped coalesce a rightest Pagan movement that is increasingly public and activist. A few years ago the right side of the pagan Internet was confined to articles by P.J. Deneen and a small list of links she maintained that included one blog – my old site Red Alerts. Today sites like Red State Witch, The Pagan Temple and Hecate’s Crossroads promote conservative politics and gun rights to a new audience of young pagans online.

Though it is mistakenly believed that neo-Paganism is the fastest growing religion in America it is one of the largest religious groups outside of the five world religions. In 2001 was estimated that there were around 400,000 Wiccans and an unknown number of non-Wiccan pagans in the united States, and the numbers of pagans in general are believed to have at least doubled since then. It’s generally believed that there are at least 1.2 self-identified Pagans in America and 3 million world wide. This number doesn’t include African diaspora religions, whose followers often consider themselves Christians and are offended by inclusion into Paganism.

The Left has tapped into that reservoir of unguided believers, turning Wicca into little more than a cheer leading camp for leftist causes. Feminism and radical environmentalism have benefited greatly from the co-opting of Wicca by Marxist activists like the terrorist supporting Starhawk who is a Newsweek “on faith” columnist.

The Right can benefit in the same way the Left has. Dan Halloran, the Theodish conservative who won election to the Queens City Council despite a leftist smear campaign against him has acquitted himself magnificently and makes an excellent example for how well right leaning pagans can integrate into conservatism. More importantly, decline in Christian numbers need not necessarily lead to declines in conservative numbers if we make it clear that there is room on the right for people who have differing theological beliefs as long as they share ideology. As a Pagan I can tell you that I, like many others, strongly support economic freedom, limited government, a strong nationals defense and law and order. Many Pagans are also pro-life, anti-drug and pro-traditional marriage. Should Pagans be turned away because they aren’t Christians?

The Pagan Right is a vigorous defender of conservative values and classical liberalism in an arena that few other conservatives have access to. It is time the movements were linked together so that both are strengthened.

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