The Problem with the Internet No recourse to Gossip – Gavin and Yvonne’s Archive – Wicca.org

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Anyone with access to the internet can diss anyone almost without fear of reprisal. Recently we have stopped blogging because people amused themselves by misquoting and disparaging our work. These two-digit IQ’s, obviously jealous, with little or no accomplishments to their own credit, have taken it upon themselves to degrade and belittle almost sixty years’ work that culminated in getting Wicca to be a Federally recognized religion.
We ask those of you with negative things to get off your chest: What have you done that is positive in the Community?
Currently those of you who are perpetuating myths are supporting gossip: gossip that has no basis in fact and is of a deliberately, deleterious, titillating, and personal nature: a shining example of an attack ad hominem.
The ancient saying ordains:
To know, to will, to dare, to keep silent.
People spreading gossip do not know.
They only have negative will.
They do not dare.
They talk but have no record of accomplishing anything on their own.
And obviously they do not keep silent.
We suggest that such behavior should not be welcomed.
Further we suggest:
Know the real Community and the facts.
Have will to be positive.
Dare to support your Community.
Keep silent.
To keep silent means to listen well; to absorb what you hear. It does not mean to keep damaging secrets or to hide truth. We are not advocating a culture of complicity.
Blessed be those who recall the Wiccan Rede and live by it.

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