Die, Heretic Scum!
Southern Knight has an article about one of the Wiccan sects, and he wrote with regard to the issue of one particular Wiccan community reaching out to others before they attempt to reach out to Christians. While I understand what Southern Knight is trying to say, it seems that he may have not realized that there is some perversity of human nature that makes various groups more antagonistic toward those who are just a little bit different than they are toward those who are very different.
After reading his article, I was reminded of one of my favorite jokes (attributed to Emo Phillips).
I was walking across a bridge one day, and I saw a man standing on the edge, about to jump off. I immediately ran over and said “Stop! Don’t do it!”
“Why shouldn’t I?” he said.
I said, “Well, there’s so much to live for!”
“Well … are you religious or atheist?”
“Me too! Are you Christian or Jewish?”
“Me too! Are you Catholic or Protestant?”
“Me too! Are you Episcopalian or Baptist?”
“Wow! Me too! Are you Baptist Church of God or Baptist Church of the Lord?”
“Baptist Church of God.”
“Me too! Are you Original Baptist Church of God, or are you Reformed Baptist Church of God?”
“Reformed Baptist Church of God.”
“Me too! Are you Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1879, or Reformed
Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915?”
“Reformed Baptist Church of God, reformation of 1915!”
To which I said, “Then die, heretic scum!” and pushed him off.