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Bianca Bitches: Practice what isn’t preached in mainstream media

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With witchcraft hitting the mainstream hard by becoming the plotline for shows such as “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” and “Charmed,” a lot of impressionable viewers may feel compelled to practice a little magic themselves.

Everyone is allowed to practice whichever religion they wish, however, they should not go based off religions depicted in shows, as for the most part, religious practices are portrayed inaccurately in primetime series.

In fact, not all practicing witches’ agree with the Netflix original, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

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According to an article by the Huffington Post, “Other witches ― particularly witches of color ― thought the series reinforced old and harmful stereotypes about witchcraft and the people who practice it.”

The series intertwined Wicca and Satanic practices, while demonizing both practices.

So you can put that fork and knife away because there will be no people eating if you wish to pursue Wicca based on what you saw in the show.

You’ll still have all your rights, plus unwavering tolerance if you decide to practice Satanism. Sorry if you wanted to go back into time before women were allowed to vote and Jim Crow laws were still in effect, but you won’t be able to do so at The Satanic Temple.

According to The Satanic Temple About Us webpage, “The mission of The Satanic Temple is to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice, and be directed by the human conscience to undertake noble pursuits guided by the individual will.”

The Satanic Temple is seeking legal action against “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” for using a religious effigy and that The Satanic Temple was not asked for permission to use, as the statue is copyrighted.

Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves, said in a Rolling Stone article, “given the show’s utilization of the Baphomet statue to represent an evil cannibalistic cult, a perception falsely associated with Satanism even in modern times.

“TST would have denied its use to the show creators, not only does it contradict what Baphomet represents, we owe it to those who identify with us to not allow this image, and by extension them, to be represented in this way.”

If you wish to practice these religions, as it is your right to practice whichever religion you please, do some research first.

It only takes one action to demonize a religion to negatively impact followers of the religion.

Practicers of Islam are still feeling the effects of an event that happened 17 years ago, but due to the ignorance of those who choose to believe in what is displayed in mainstream media, no further research was or is being done on the religion, leaving it to still be demonized.

There are many books on the many religions that exist, besides Christianity and Catholicism, your local library either carries or can provide for you if you place a hold.

Many people forget that all religions are allowed to be freely practiced, however, most of us have allowed prejudice and ignorance to absorb us and in turn allowed ourselves to cast judgement unto others for practicing a religion that hasn’t been allowed to become ingrained into mainstream society and dictate our way of life.

Cough, Christianity, cough.

Don’t let ignorance and poor representation prevent you from practicing a religion that you’ve always wanted to practice or are currently practicing but now feel like stopping because it’s constantly being demonized.

Diversity has always been feared, don’t let someone else’s fear deter you from being the person you are or who you want to be.

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Bianca Bitches: Practice what isn’t preached in mainstream media