Governor Mike Pence and lawmakers in Indiana may have opened a can of worms with their “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” – at least according to some Wiccans, who claim that it will give them greater freedom to enjoy polyamory, bestiality, drugs and nudity.
The Wiccan religion is a modern interpretation of paganism. Many believe in witchcraft and many practice rituals that could include sex and drugs. Wiccans are extremely open minded and highly inclusive of LGBT people. That’s why it’s surprising that they could be for a law that would end up discriminating.
Wiccans, though, see the other side of that law, and they see it as allowing them to express their religious beliefs, despite the fact that many Christians see Wicca as along the same lines as devil worship.
I think these bills are horrible,” said Dusty Dionne, High Priest and High Summoner of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Washington State. “But if they are going to open up this can of worms, we are going to shove it right in their face.”
For one, it would mean Wiccans would be free to be at last marry whomever, or whatever, they wanted.
“Many of us believe that love is the law. Though it is not a quote-unquote Wiccan tenant to have polyamorous marriages, it is under Wiccan law that love is the law,” he said. “Whatever we want to do with marriage we can do. Carte Blanche. If I want to marry a horse, I can marry a horse. (Source: The Daily Beast)
It would also, according to Dionne, allow Wiccans to practice their herbal rituals, which could include marijuana or psychotropic drugs. He claims that Wiccans would be able to refuse to take drug tests in states that have religious freedom laws. It would also enable them to practice their religion, clothed or not, without harassment from law enforcement.
Dionne has been endorsing laws like this throughout the land, although not completely seriously. Wiccans come in all stripes and many have lifestyles that are as conservative as what Christians claim their lifestyles are.
More than anything, Dionne is just needling Pence and other discriminatory politicians, reminding them of the doors that legislation like the Religious Freedom Restoration Act can open.
However, if push comes to shove, Dionne and other Wiccans are willing to defend their new found rights in court.