It is quite interesting how much of a shit storm this eBay change has stirred up. I have been finding reports from the UK and almost every national new agency. I think most of it comes from some misinformed people crying “discrimination” and “hate” and “anti-Pagan”.
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I am at a loss on why so many people are so quick to jump on the discrimination bandwagon. I have even seen some discussions that mention the removal of religious freedoms.
How is this the case? This change in eBay’s listing policies only means that a person cannot sell an intangible item such as spellcasting services. It does not mean that all Pagan items are going to be banned. The part on Divination services will have to be worked out in the future. I do agree that some of those practitioners deserve to be on eBay.
As I said before, I sell on eBay. I sell the stuff that is NOT getting the boot. For that I am happy. I do not think that this is the prelude to the powers that be removing all things Pagan, Wiccan, or Witch-y from the endless pages of stuff to buy on eBay. Those that believe so need to take a breath and put away the pitchforks.
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I also believe some of the problems stems from the media and their headlines.
eBay Bans Sale Of Magic Spells, Potions And Other Witchcraft – The Huffington Post
The last part being the problem, “Other Witchcraft”. This is what is causing so many to assume that all Pagan items will be removed.
A more accurate headline comes from the Daily Mail out the UK.
“Auction site eBay bans sale of magic potions, spells, curses and advice books in bid to stop charlatans”
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2189757/Auction-site-eBay-bans-sale-magic-potions-spells-curses-advice-books-bid-stop-charlatans.html#ixzz241WJktyE
Examples of what is not going to be allowed come August 30th.
Of course it is.
Yea I got nothing.
Have you seen some of the Goddesses? Size zero they are not.
What will be staying.
I ask that if you do happen to get into a conversation about this with those in the community or anywhere else for that matter be sure to give accurate information.
This is not an attack on the Pagan community nor it is an attack on religion or the freedom associated with it.