Does Paganism Make You Amoral?

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Closing arguments for the murder trial of Scott Dyleski were heard today. Dyleski is accused of murdering Pamela Vitale wife of defense attorney Daniel Horowitz. From the beginning the prosecution has made much of Dyleski’s “paganism” and made the news recently for eliminating jurors with a favorable opinion of Paganism or alternative lifestyles. Now in their closing statements the prosecution paints Dyleski’s “pagan” beliefs as attributing to an amoral world view.

“Jewett pointed to Dyleski’s professed dislike of American society and his Paganism, and said that Dyleski was not immoral but “amoral” – he did not distinguish between right and wrong.”

You can bet that no other religious viewpoint would be treated in that fashion in a murder trial. As I stated before, if Dyleski is guilty I hope he is punished to the full extent of the law, but these maneuverings by the prosecution team seem dishonest and slandering. Modern Paganism does not contribute to a sense of amorality, indeed the vast majority of Pagan theology places a high importance on personal responsibility and avoiding the unnecessary harming of others. At the very least the prosecution team could be leaving this verdict open to appeal on grounds of religious discrimination.