Last year the end of February and the beginning of March, there was a movement all atwitter in the Pagan-sphere. The experience left all involved with a bitter taste in their mouths. I attempted to document as much as I could here on my own blog when it became apparent that those who questioned the validity, or even the need for, a council of witches were quickly silenced.
I speak, of course, about the infamous American Council of Witches 2015. And there is only one reason on this green Earth that I would ever take the time to blog about ACOW again… It has returned. Sort of.
Currently it is unknown who is behind the current incarnation, but there is speculation on who it may be, and who all may be involved. Since I do not have SOLID evidence on the who at this time, I will refrain from pointing fingers until solid evidence of their involvement is found. I can be reasonably assured that it is not the main conspirators as the last time around. The current band of secretive authoritarians have made open threats against those who speak out. Starting with a vague addition to the original 13 Principles of Belief (which not all of us follow to begin with):
After people began pointing out the legality of such a statement, it was changed. Below are comments, with the names and identities of the commenters redacted, as well as the change to rule/law #17.
I and others are currently archiving this situation, more thoroughly and organized this time, to ensure that once again, people’s voices who are silenced still get to have their say, and the evidence to back up their claims. Once i have a more thorough record, and more solid evidence, I will make a master post and my archives available for the public. Hell, this has made me wish to dust off the old youtube again.