Minority religion is not a punchline (Part 1)

(By Lonespark)

So, today I entered a Twitter conversation for the first time that involved a very big name in my professional field.  I wasn’t talking to her, but she was part of the conversation.  The person I was talking to had been talking to her, and I was responding to him.  Twitter is very nifty like that, and I love it.

This could have been an awesome opportunity for me to expound on my brilliant thoughts about (professional field), but it wasn’t.  I was commenting to criticize him for using “voodoo” and “witchcraft” as synonyms for “bad magic” and more broadly “bad thing.”

Because that is bullshit.

It’s also very common, and the majority of people aren’t actively thinking, “People who practice Voodoo, Haitian Vodou, Puerto Rican/Dominican Vudu, Brazilian Vodum, etc., and Wicca, Druidry, Braucherei, Hexerai, Seidh, Conjure, Rootwork, Shamanism, etc. are bad/evil/etc,” when they do it.

But how is it different from “That’s so gay?”  Or from other negative terms associated with marginalized groups?

Grumpy Lonespark is grumpy.

3 thoughts on “Minority religion is not a punchline (Part 1)

  1. alexseanchai May 6, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Excellent point is excellent, though.

  2. Lonespark May 6, 2014 at 7:25 am


    These instances are allusive, but it certainly comes up in discussions about religion, too. Like some atheists will bother to be strongly opposed to their least favorite Abrahamic religion, yet treat other religions not in that mold as A) nonexistent, B) beneath consideration, C) not actually religion, D) extinct, or E) obviously fictional and/or ridiculous

  3. Lonespark May 6, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Plus of course there’s this pesky correlation between whiteness of practitioners and how much respect a minority religion (and to a large extent any religion) deserves in the opinion of the general public.

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