Now, in theory, this should be a group of bloggers of different faiths - all of whom happen to be moms -- supporting one another and cheering each other on. But apparently, to one particular faith blogger, it's turned into spiritual warfare. You see, there are a number of Pagan mom blogs on there - Kris Bradley's Confessions of a Pagan Soccer Mom being very highly ranked right now -- and that just worries the heck out of someone called Time Warp Wife.
Time Warp Wife, whose real name is Darlene Schacht, is a faith blogger, but she seems to equate "faith" with "Christianity," and so she's written a scathing, hateful blog post in which she calls Kris Bradley and the other Pagan mom bloggers a bunch of evil sinners. Schacht says, "Mixed in with the "faith" blogs are pagan blogs. In fact one of those bloggers, a self-professing witch wrote, "Looking at the nominations there were a couple of pagan blogs which thrilled me to no end. How cool would it be for one of the pagan bloggers to win the top spot?" How sad is that?"
She goes on to say, "Different faith is wrong faith. You have a right to believe it, but believing it doesn't make it "right."
Here's the thing. I don't give a dingo's kidney if Darlene Schacht lives by Biblical principles - and I'd prefer to keep comments about her faith out of the conversation completely. If it works for her, great. And if she doesn't want to be Pagan, goodness knows she doesn't have to be. But I deeply hope that the blogging community - Pagan and Christian alike -- will stand up against someone who preaches Biblical principles on the one hand and then encourages intolerance and bigotry on the other. I'm hoping that Pagans and Christians and readers of every other faith will protest this hatred by voting in support of the various Pagan bloggers in the running.
It's also important to note that Circle of Moms says they support Blog With Integrity, a list of principles that bloggers are asked to follow. The second principle listed is "I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people." If Darlene Schacht makes it into the Top 25, I would say this clause might just disqualify her completely, seeing as how her strategy for winning involves attacking Kris Bradley and others for their faith, merely because it's different from her own.
Update: Less than an hour after I posted this, and several other bloggers spread the word, the Time Warp lady's blog has actually been removed from the competition.
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