Yes you read that title right. I am a pagan and politically conservative. I tossed writing this post in my head for a while. I thought of other pagans emailing me with backlash and the such. However, I can assure you, I am not the only pagan conservative out there. If you are going to respond to this post in any way please make your opinions respectful and intelligent. I hold no grudges against liberals and I am very tolerant of everyone’s beliefs. Let me make that clear right now.
I am writing this post because there seems to be this stereotype out there that to be a pagan means you have to be a raging liberal. To not adopt liberal ideologies is to be un-pagan, or that being conservative surely means I cannot be a pagan. However, I believe many have this preconceived notion of what conservatism is all about. I also know that conservative thought can be aligned with pagan values; because I am both. I believe this stereotype exists because many are ignorant to conservative thought. Not all conservatives are Tea-Party members. Not all conservatives are members of the Religious Right, trying to preach and promote Christian heritage throughout the country. Sure these conservatives are out there and probably more popular, but they are just a small part of a larger whole.
I am what you would call a Traditional Conservative. Traditional Conservative thought is mainly rooted in Anti-Federalist and Democratic-Republican thought. Think of me as a Reagan conservative. This ideology favors small government, supports a free-market economy, civil rights and liberties, lower taxes, and promotes civic and social responsibility. Civic and social responsibility meaning concern and care for the environment, support of same-sex marriages, and maintaining a pro-life stance. With today’s far-left media, it’s not surprising that conservatives get painted in a bad light. The media only chooses to highlight those who are very far right.
Being a conservative does not mean that I could care less about the environment. This also does not mean that I don’t support same-sex marriages. Pagan conservatives tend to be community and family centric. I tend to think of how my actions will affect the whole rather than the self.
The Neoliberal/Neopagan community sometimes leaves me disgusted with their thought and behavior. There are times where their thoughts and actions are rather un-pagan in accord with traditional pagan values. Eclectic paganism is a very predominant path for pagans. However, at times, there appears to be in-fighting as to whose path is right and whose is wrong. Paganism teaches tolerance not hate; a mind-set that I see get overlooked time and again. This leaves me unimpressed. No wonder most pagans consider themselves solitary practitioners. Traditional conservative pagans stress the importance of community over the self. I follow a Druid path, and in my learnings along the way, it had been taught to give a gift to the community. The Druid Way stresses importance of community, tolerance for all, self-responsibility, and a reverence of nature. All of which I am and do.
I do rituals, celebrate the Wheel of the Year, pray to the Gods and Goddesses, considered Nature sacred, have an altar, light incense, listen to pagan music, etc…just like you. Perhaps the only difference is my political tendencies. But that doesn’t make me any less pagan than you. I think it’s good to have a strong set of morals and values. I believe you need them to be a good pagan.
I am a conservative. I am a pagan.