Today I got an email from a Christian Pro-life group, and I thought "Silly Christians, always fighting against abortion. Don't you know I'm a Pagan?"
Then I froze, as what I had said went through me. I'm a Pagan, and most Pagans fight for Pro-Choice. You will often see women of our community with signs or some other form of media fighting for the right to chose what to do with her body. And that's okay - it's one of the things our Military has fought so hard for - our freedom to chose how to live our lives.
This blog is not an attack or a defense one way or the other. Personally I stand in the middle of the road. I firmly believe that life starts at conception, when one swimming sperm makes it into the egg and the chrysalis begins. Babies are babies before they leave the womb. No body asks a woman what she is going to name her "fetus". I also believe that there is a time for the right to chose, and not being a woman, I cannot imagine the weight of having to decide which way to go: to allow the creation of life to continue or to terminate the pregnancy. I have never thought differently of my friends who have made those difficult choices - I still love and respect them more than my biological adult family.
I just find it odd, that in a faith that places such a HIGH focus on the Wheel of Life and continually celebrates fertility and all things living, it is odd that we are the people who fight the most for the choice to destroy our own seed.
How many people do you know that would toil the soil in their yard, plant seed by hand, water it, love it and do energy work towards their newly planted garden? Many of them can count the days until the first few sprouts of life spring up above the soil. I can imagine how upset they'd be if just before the first sprout broke through the soil to see the light of day a group of children ran across the top of the garden. They'd be furious!!! Are our bodies so different? Or is it the permanent, life altering responsibility that raising children can bring that makes the difference?? After all - raising a child is expensive, hard work and lasts longer than most prison sentences!
I myself have several children. While I thought about this blog, I asked my teen-aged daughter if she knew what Pro-life and Pro-choice meant. She didn't. After explaining them to her, I asked her which one she thought Christianity and Paganism fell into. Her response was what I expected. "That's easy Daddy. Christianity is Pro-Choice because they're hypocritical and rude most of the time. Wicca, Witches and Pagans are Pro-Life because we love and celebrate life!"
And that we do... This is the time of year for Ostara / Eostre / Easter. All three are celebrations of life, though all in their own ways. Many of us will place eggs on our altars, on mantles or shelves as symbols of this Sabbat.
As we go forward and participate in our own celebrations / rituals, maybe we should ask ourselves what is it that we really believe and are we living examples of our said beliefs? Or are we just being "Fluffy Pagans" and practicing only the things we say we enjoy and going about our lives in a way that is counter to our beliefs?
Like I said - this isn't a side or an attack. It is just something to think about...