Speaking of White supremacist clowns I was reading Kenaz Filan’s dismantling of Cyndi Brannen’s article on White advantage within contemporary Witchcraft traditions when I got bored and decided to see what’s been going on at Patheos Pagan since I haven’t bothered visiting in a while. And boy was there a lot of stuff advocating segregation and treating people differently based on race and political affiliation; stuff on collective guilt, blood debt and quotas; bizarre conspiracy theories and paranoid thinking, as well as a generally paternalistic and condescending tone taken towards minorities. (Examples of which can be found here, here, here, here, and here – and that’s all within the last month or so, as I got nauseous reading this shit and didn’t bother digging any deeper.) I mean it’s all dressed up in acceptable leftist icing and the buzzwords du jour but the core ideas (and much of the language, in the more explicit of the bunch) within these Patheos articles are the same as you’d find on 4chan, reddit, Breitbart or the Daily Stormer. I know there’s the whole horseshoe theory to account for this, but it’s quite something to see it with your own eyes. We really do need to be wary of infiltration from radical, hate-filled identitarians who would steal our symbols and traditions and twist them out of true – whether they are wearing Hugo Boss or Birkenstocks and balaklavas.