Penton – Editor’s Letter
“Diversity is not about how we differ. Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”
Grappling with diversity of thought, belief and opinion can, for some, be an onerous and challenging experience. They will demand a right to tolerance for their own beliefs whilst seeking to distance themselves from ‘the other’ for fear of being associated with that other.
Penton’s inclusion of material on Vampirism, dual-faith (Christian-Pagan) religion and Satanism has elicited both praise and condemnation from Penton’s regular and new readers. Pagans who remain intolerant toward proselytizing forms of Christianity have argued against the inclusion of Christian content in a Pagan magazine, whilst others have argued equally against the inclusion of content on Vampirism and Satanism on the grounds that neither are ‘Pagan’ paths.
Penton does not, and has never, claimed to represent only one pre-approved or consensual form of Paganism or neo-Paganism (whether that be reconstructionist, eclectic or new-age). On the contrary, since 1995 Penton Magazine has been dedicated in its exploration of Pagans and Paganism and associated occult philosophy, sacred spirituality and religion, in its diversity. Penton will continue to do so.
The right of association isn’t really relevant to the content of this or any other magazine. Penton is not supported by advertising and thus remains wholly independent. Penton has published and will continue to publish diverse and controversial material and will continue to widen its diversity by inviting new bloggers from many different backgrounds and life-styles to join its existing team of bloggers.
“As long as the differences and diversities of mankind exist, democracy must allow for compromise,
for accommodation, and for the recognition of differences.” Eugene McCarthy
I hope you, the reader, will continue to engage with Penton’s blogs and articles, whether the content leaves you feeling fulfilled or tormented. If you don’t like what you read, share your thoughts on the blog in question, or ignore it. Penton welcomes a free exchange of opinions and accepts your right, as reader, to offer both criticism and praise. In fact, we encourage it.