I had planned on writing this yesterday, but got caught up in school stuff.
Anyway….Joel Monka over at CUUMBAYA asks people to rate the misappropriation in a particular scenario. I was going to write a comment over there, but decided that (for me) the real issue is about language and who can use it and who shouldn’t.
Joel’s scenario is about a Pagan “Seder”. In my mind that is an abomination. Pagans cannot have Seders. Seders are a Jewish ritual to commemorate a particular event. Pagans can have a ceremony that is inspired by the Jewish ritual, but they cannot have that ritual because it is a particular thing. Just call it something else and say that it is inspired by the Jewish ritual.
This is why I think the language one uses matters. If the words can be used by anybody at anytime about anything, then the words lose their meaning. And while words can (and do) change meaning over time, just because you want to use a word doesn’t mean that word should be used.
I’ll probably have to write more on this later, but I have to get back to writing my reflection paper for my Spiritual Prep class.