Dear readers of the Wild Hunt:
I have decided to retract my column, “Tell Me All Your Thoughts on God,” originally published on December 13, 2013. Its publication was a serious mistake on my part, and I regret posting it. One Heathen credo is that we are our deeds; by retracting the column, I am attempting to correct my poor deed.
One of my best friends, after reading the column, pointed out to me that I had portrayed the colleague mentioned in the column poorly. Although that was not my intention, that was the portrait created by my words, and I own them. Further, I had not discussed the essay at all with the person involved before posting it, which, to use technical terminology, was a total jerk thing to do. My intention in this essay, as in many of my essays for The Wild Hunt and elsewhere, was to illustrate the difficult dynamics between Paganism and Christianity, and the sources of tension and agreement within those dynamics; but if someone is wronged with good intent, they are still wronged, and the intentions do not matter.
I apologize to my colleague, to Jason, and to you, the reader. “Tell Me All Your Thoughts on God” was an ethical failure on my part, and I am sorry for it.
-Eric O. Scott.