I’ve been watching the fall-out from the Halloran piece on The Village Voice since it was published. Every time I thought I had something to say about it, I would notice something else that would make me pause and cogitate.
Straight up, I find Thrasher’s wanton and casual bashing of Pagan religions offensive. It’s unnecessary for this story and the image of a drunken lout staggering over a goat’s bloody corpse is ridiculous. (The artist refused to comment when I contacted him.)
When Halloran first made headlines, I thought he was a bit of an ass, and took some mild heat for saying so. I was thrilled a Heathen had been elected, but I didn’t like him. His interview on Pagan+Politics, with his implication that Wiccans were poor and uneducated, incensed me. Thrasher’s imitation of Halloran’s disdain of Wicca both amuses and irritates me.
So all I can reason out, is that there is a balance between the jerk and bigotry quotients. The bigger the jerk, the more bigotry we are willing to tolerate in revealing his jerkiness. Tearing down a real scumbag is more important than maintaining the dignity of your faith.
At least, that’s the only rationale I can think of for the response the Thrasher article has gotten. Maybe I’m wrong. Apparently Wiccans really do see the world differently from other Pagans, because I really don’t get what’s going on here.