Twitteriffic Fluff

So, what happens when you mix lala, twitter and a 16 yr old theologian? You end up with a broken fluff, that’s what! No, seriously, yesterday was a new first for me. I broke a fluff on twitter, in three posts, and managed to get myself blocked. 

Now, I’ve been blocked and banned from groups far and wide, usually it’s because I’ve done something worthy of being banned and blocked. Yeah, I can be a troll, I know this isn’t new information to the readers. I see fluff, I pounce and question. Sometimes this turns into a bloodbath, sometimes not. But now I can add Twitter to the list of places where I’ve offended someone enough to be blocked.

What’s funny though, is I think I was being nice. I certainly wasn’t being rabid because I took the posters age into consideration.  I didn’t call him any names, only asked a few questions and challenged what the poster was saying.

 Now, you’re going to have to bear with me. The way that things lined up in the screen on twitter are a lil funky, to say the least.

Rev makes a tweet highlighting Wikipedia and Religious Tolerance as sources for info on Wicca.

So, I responded. Ok, maybe I could have been a lil bit nicer? Maybe a tad? Yeah… those of you who know me, know that was me being nice.

 

 

 

Ok, I guess I’ll take the opportunity to point out the posters age and that he’s a minister.

 

 

So, we have some profile info, Rev’s Tweet and my question.

Here we have Rev’s response to my tweet. Now, I’m a little unclear if he’s saying that people in general should know about wicca, or that he’s saying that since his family is wiccan that they should know about wicca and be able to say with a certainty that Wiki is a good source.

 

Now, you see my next question/statement. Still being nice. If I was being mean, I’d have called him an asshat, but I didn’t do that.

Now, I don’t know if it bothers anyone else, but to me, it’s a little bit of a pet peeve for ppl to use titles that they either don’t understand, or that they haven’t earned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, Rev converted himself. Also, he’s feeling defensive now, he know’s the answers but he’s not going to tell them to any of us.  It seems that Rev is already broken at this point. He refuses to answer anymore questions about Wicca because they’re stupid.

 

 

 

 

Now Rev is responding to someone else that the questions are impossible to answer over twitter. Ok, fair enough.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now we see that Rev has locked down his profile. I’m going out on a limb here and thinking that I’m not the only person who responded to the boy. No one called him any names, people did ask questions and ask for clarification about a few things, but he didn’t want to answer.

To quote Betty, “Don’t put it out there on the internet if you don’t want to be questioned about it”

Guess that’s the end of show and tell this time around.

Parents, stop giving your children Llewellyn books…. PLEASE

 

 

1 Responses to Twitteriffic Fluff

  1. Ok, I do feel the need to respond to this one, especially after having read the blog entry of “All Pagans stop posting this Us vs. Them shit on your timeline!” True, many Pagans have the mentality of it’s Paganism vs. Christianity, but are we ourselves not perpetuating the very same thing in the Us vs. Fluffy Bunnies?

    We are not here to call out every Fluff Bunny out there. We’re here to help guide and educate those who have a real interest in walking the Pagan Path regardless of which Tradition.

    I feel as though this situation could have been handled better. Some things to take into consideration are that so long as you understand your Faith and can conduct yourself in the appropriate manner, you are never too young to be a Minister. You can’t legally perform ceremonies according to US Law until you’re over the age of 18, but that doesn’t mean you can’t preach or spread knowledge on your faith. His being 16 and a Minister should not have raised even a single hair on someone’s eyebrow until he began to show that he did not, in fact, know what he was talking about. Some children are far older spiritually than they are physically–old souls, so to speak. We shouldn’t be too hasty to judge. If they prove themselves to be evident of misinformation then we should attempt to set them straight in a non-patronizing manner.

    I grew up reading Llewellyn books and they never did any harm to me. They helped to educate me on the various topics and traditions and even movements going on in the world around me. Wikipedia is a decent source to go to as well, as it is primarily Pagans and Wiccans who edit the posts there and add to the information. Having practiced for 13 years, I am able to weed out correct and incorrect information without having to do much research, so I don’t usually have to worry about it. However that also places me in a situation where if I do see misinformation on a wiki site, I can correct it. Most of the time I don’t have to correct it as there are thousands of Pagans viewing it regularly who make sure it is up-to-date and as accurate as they can possibly make it. NO source of information is ever a bad source–no matter how reputable a source may be, we should be smart enough to always cross-reference the materials just to make sure that what we are reading is not just a biased viewpoint of one single author. It’s common sense in the world of research.

    As I have so often heard in the Community and from my own High Priestess–we as a community are only as strong as our weakest link. Instead of calling “fluff bunnies” out publicly (who are indeed being looked upon by those who judge us just as equally as we are) why not help to elevate them to a higher level of understanding? We have the power to set things right—why use that same power to beat people down?

    We are all put here for a reason, even the fluffy bunnies. As the Dalai Lama once said, “There are many paths to walk in the world. Just because someone is walking a different path than yours, does not mean it is the wrong path.”

    In love a light,

    Rev. Jonathon S. Lowe; HP