Three superficial points of similarity between Satanism and Wicca:
Lumping together the followers of a wide diversity of religions (e.g. Buddhists, Druids, Hindus, Jews, Muslims, New Agers, Santerians, Taoists, Wiccans and other Neopagans, followers of Vodun, etc.) as Satanists creates massive confusion in the public mind. Most of the public reserve the term "Satanist" for people who identify themselves as Satanists.
Such definitions create great confusion, and stir up religious animosity against followers of benign faith traditions. During the late 20th century, these beliefs trigger lynching, attempted mass murder, fire bombings, shootings, common assaults, etc. in the U.S. They have induced at least one Senator, one member of the House of Representatives and even George W. Bush when he was Governor of Texas, to call for an end to religious freedom for Wiccans in the U.S. military.
We strongly recommend that the terms "Satanist" and "Satanism" be used only to refer to religions that involve a belief in Satan. In other words, the terms should be restricted to describing those individuals who regard themselves as Satanists, and who identify themselves by that label.
While reading an essay on religion, you might find it useful to ask yourself what the author means by some of the terms that she/he uses. Words like Christian, cult, occult, Satanist, and Witch have many different meanings to different groups. It is quite possible that you and the author attribute a very different meaning to a specific term. If these ambiguous words are not clearly defined within the essay, you might consider sending the author an Email asking that they modify future editions of their writing to include a clearly definition of any ambiguous terms used.
We prefer to use the names Wicca, Wiccan, Neopaganism, and Neopagan in this web site, because they are least ambiguous to the majority of our visitors who are neither Wiccan nor Neopagan.
|Wicca: main menu|
|Definitions of Pagan and Paganism|
|Definition of Witch and Witchcraft|
|The Satanic Ritual Abuse hoax|
|Christian web sites that describe Wicca|
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
|"Wicca vs Satanism: The big lie," at:
|"What Wicca is Not FAQ," at: http://www.mdpagans.com/|
|Rhonda Carswell "Historical aspects of Wicca," at: http://chuma.cas.usf.edu/ (apparently offline)|
|Patti Wigington, "Do Wiccans and Pagans Worship Satan and Have Sex Orgies,?" About.com, at: http://paganwiccan.about.com/ |
Copyright © 2000 to 2012 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2000-SEP-11
Latest update: 2012-JAN-31
Author: B.A. Robinson
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