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26
Aug

Demons: 1 – Pastor: 0

   Posted by: Scrivener

At last, I get to return to writing articles which are at least tangentially connected to Wicca and Magick. I’m sorry if the last few of my posts sounded as though they’d been written by Gordon Ramsay after a particularly bad day in Hell’s Kitchen. I’ve been under a lot of stress lately with a failed job search and the resultant financial anxiety, my wife’s illness and my own health concerns, the day-to-day rigors of running a coven, and just having to put up with stupid people doing idiotic things (and I thought we’d corralled all the idiots in Florida.)

Today’s lesson is about those bible-thumping, hallelujahing, forever trying to find Jesus with their GPS, Christian Radicals. In fact, there are so many of these aberrations in and around Warner Robins, that I’ve coined a new word: WRadical. ‘W’,’R’, Warner Robins—get it? Or I suppose the ‘W’ ‘R’ could also stand for Wacky Religious Right. Okay, so that’s two ‘R’s. Perhaps we could use WR2 then. Don’t get me wrong. As Wiccan, and especially as a Wiccan High Priest, I am and expect others in my coven to practice likewise, tolerance for all spiritual paths. Besides, if for no other reason, we should keep Baptists around for entertainment value.

As Wiccans, wytches, and warlocks—oh my—we’re expected to dress up in robes, chant, and dance about the occasional cauldron. But we’re Wiccan (Dark Moon Tradition to be exact) and people expect us to be on the fringes. However, just like in the song, Crosby is a member of ‘mainstream’ religions and “look[s] like a fine outstanding young man, I think [he’ll] do”. Therefore, like the tea party and all tea baggers, the wingnut right, fundamentalists and all repug-nicans, Crosby has focused on a non-issue and tried to make it of national import all for the sake of increasing the size of his flock. “[Picket] signs, [picket] signs, everywhere there’s [picket] signs fuckin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind. Do this [follow me], don’t [use that plywood demon], can’t you read the sign?”

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to school, a war for your very soul is being fought by fanatical fundamentalist Baptists against the forces of evil. That Evil— you must say it as though it were really evil—is to quote Mike Myers in “So I Married an Axe Murderer“, “Eee-vil as in Frui-its of the Dee-vil”, or as in Pastor Donald Crosby’s case, a demon. Just not any demon, mind you, but a spark shooting from his pitchfork, six foot tall, plywood high school football mascot.

That’s right—plywood. I bet your soul feels safer just knowing Crosby is on the case. Apparently, he’s an ‘ordained’ minister from the RAPP Bible Study Correspondence School. I didn’t make that up; see gkbministry [dot] com for his resume. From what I’ve found, the RAPP program is a literacy outreach program sponsored by the Calvary Baptist Church.

Even though RAPP sounds a bit like a correspondence school, as Wiccan clergy I don’t have a problem with that. Our own (Wiccan) history is filled with people of the like of Alexander Sanders and Gerald Gardner who if they couldn’t find a coven that suited them began their own tradition, or who sometimes cut corners as in filling missing parts of old rituals with ceremonial magick excerpts from the Golden Dawn. Therefore, realizing that religion is dynamic and not static and not always sanctioned by the status quo, and that all religions at one time were considered a cult (yes, even you holier-than-thou Christians—yes again that means you Baptists), I don’t have problem with Rev. Crosby’s ordination.

Below is a quoted summarization of the macon [dot] com article by Becky Purser.

WARNER ROBINS — A pastor who wants to get rid of the Demons mascot at Warner Robins High was arrested while picketing in front of the school on the first day of school Monday.

Donald Crosby, pastor of God’s Kingdom Builders Church of Jesus Christ in Macon, was charged with disorderly conduct and picketing without a permit, both misdemeanors, after he refused to comply with officers requests to leave, said Tabitha Pugh, public information officer for Warner Robins police.

Crosby, 36, was free on $650 bond.

Officers were dispatched to the school at 401 S. Davis Drive shortly after 7 a.m. in reference to the picketing, according to a Warner Robins police news release. Pugh said Crosby was among a group of about 30 people picketing against the school’s use of Demons as its mascot.

The group did not have a permit to picket, which is required by city ordinance, Pugh said. Crosby was told this, and officers offered to help him with the process of obtaining a permit but Crosby declined and would not leave, Pugh said. Crosby was arrested.

Crosby has been circulating petitions to have the mascot removed, he said, because demons represent evil and the mascot “gives evil a good face,” Crosby said. “Prayer had to leave but the demons can stay?”

Crosby said he has guardianship of a young man he considers a son who lives with him in Warner Robins and who is enrolled at Warner Robins High School. Crosby said the boy did not attend school the first day but is expected to start soon.

The police report stated that Crosby declined an invitation from Warner Robins police Maj. Harry Dennard to come back to his office where he would help Crosby prepare a request form for a permit.

According to the police report, Crosby declined the invitation and stated, “You’re just going to have to lock me up.”

The report also stated that Crosby told the crowd of picketers, “Let them lock all of you up.”

Crosby was arrested a second time a few days later and released after paying a $36 fine and posting yet another bond for $150.

The mascot mentioned is a red devil with horns wielding a pitchfork. A large version of the mascot is wheeled out to the end zone during football games. Sparks shoot from the pitchfork when Warner Robins scores. The mascot was named for the Air Force’s 7th Fighter Squadron when the school opened in 1946. The squadron was nicknamed the “Screamin’ Demons.”

I believe that as a religious leader (like me—High Priest and headmaster of the Circle of the Dark Moon School of Wicca, Wytchecraft, and Magick, I’m still getting over that one; just goes to show that the Gods do have a sense of humor) Pastor Crosby should choose his battles more carefully. If he wants more publicity for his church—fine—I can relate to that. But there are more positive ways to do that than attacking two of Warner Robins sacred cows: High School football, and the Air Force. For instance, maybe he could’ve taken that $850 and opened a food pantry to help the area’s hard hit unemployed. Perhaps he could’ve spent or donated that money to a local environmental group for cleaning up the Ocmulgee River. Finally, he could have taken that money, put on a little church open house/barbecue where he could’ve delivered a real spiritual message instead of tilting at demon windmills like a frocked Don Quixote.

However, the way he chose to instead spend that money did nothing to bolster the size of his flock, increase his credibility as a spiritual leader, or even to achieve his stated ends. In gamer parlance, he was ‘pwned‘ and failed—sort of like crashing and burning. Instead he’s been labeled the WRadical fringe so far to the right that it makes Rush Limbaugh look like a liberal and Fox like an unbiased news reporting network. For all the good that money did, Crosby may as well have used the money to wipe his rear end. Welcome to being a pariah, Preacher. We Wiccans, wytches, wizards, and warlocks have your back.

I wonder whether Crosby knows that in the game, World of Warcraft, a warlock can summon demons to do his/her bidding. Or for that matter, there are summoners among the WRadicals of Warner Robins who regularly call and consort with all manner of beings, demonic, angelic, and otherwise from the Far Planes and astral realms.