Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Covenant of the Goddess' Response to the Witch Hunt Facebook Pages

The Covenant of the Goddess 

PO Box 12193, San Bernardino, CA 92423-2193


DATE: August 20, 2013
CONTACT:  Heather Greene, National Public Information Officer 
EMAIL: pio at cog dot org
WEBSITE:  www.cog.org    

Covenant of the Goddess reacts to Witch Hunt Facebook Pages

Over the past week, there has been an outcry within the Pagan community regarding two African-based Facebook pages that call for the death of witches and wizzards [sic].  The Covenant of the Goddess (CoG) has been contacted by many of its concerned members as well as other community supporters, all of whom are looking to have these pages removed from Facebook. The pages include:

Since last Thursday we have been monitoring the pages and working behind-the-scenes to find positive and effective ways of negotiating this difficult situation. Our most recent efforts have included interfacing with other national Pagan organizations such as Lady Liberty League and Circle Sanctuary

Of course, we all want to see these Facebook pages taken down due to the derogatory use of "witchcraft" language. However  the situation is more serious than just a case of hate speech and religious bigotry. These above-mentioned pages are calling for the murder of human beings. In many African nations, there is a dangerous climate of violence that uses witchcraft as its scapegoat. The above-mentioned pages are feeding that frenzy - one that has already led to the deaths of many African people, including young children. 

The Covenant of the Goddess supports freedom of speech, open dialog and religious expression. We do appreciate that Facebook, as a corporation, holds a similar philosophy in this matter.  However, we cannot condone a public call for the death of any one person or group regardless of religious affiliation or lifestyle choice.

We have advised our members and the greater Pagan community to avoid all personal interaction with the either of these two social media pages and ask that all complaints be sent to Facebook through its abuse and complaint system.  

We will continue our efforts and stand ready to act as needed.  

Please stay tuned to the CoG Facebook page for updates.

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