expressing-an-opinion-I-don't-like-is-worse-than-mass-rape Beckett, whose recent article over at Patheos is a transparently pearl-clutching "aren't those folkish Heathens bad, not like us good, non-fascist neopagans" attempt to get Rhyd off his back.
I'm going to hold off on an examination of his claims about folkishness specifically to focus on the absolute hypocrisy of his approach. Right out of the gate, he goes into a description of "a now-illegal real estate practice called steering."
"Steering" is, in essence, a practice by which neighborhoods were kept racially segregated by "steering" non-white home buyers to other neighborhoods.
Which is especially rich coming from Beckett, who not too long ago wrote a long blog post condemning Rhyd for trying to paint druids like him as part of the New Right through... wait for it...
Guilt by Association.
Let's just take one quote from that article:
"Some of these intersections are tenuous and their inclusion here casts aspersion on beliefs and practices that are meaningful and sacred to some of us."I've got to say, that could have been a quote from me complaining about what Beckett did to folkish Heathens, using the spurious comparison to racist real estate practices. As folkish Heathens, using ancestry to guide our spiritual choices is "meaningful and sacred" to us, too.
That is the definition of hypocrisy, and I'm quite sure he's so blinded by his own ideology that he can't even see it. If you object to the use of spurious guilt-by-association, then perhaps you shouldn't use it against other people.
There's a lot more wrong with his article, and I'll deal with it all in good time. But this sort of double standard and hypocrisy from those who dare to be my moral judges is simply unacceptable.