I received the following anonymous comment so I thought I would blog on it so that people can know.
"I'm going to play the devils advocate here, so try not to take offense, but where I am from Hoodoo, Conjure and Root work is scene as witchcraft and that using God or the bible for magic is the worst type of offense.
So this debate about being witches trying to infiltrate hoodoo is interesting. From what I am slowly getting from these blogs, is that a rootworker is like a shaman or healer in a sense?
Like in Africa witch doctor, isn't a witch, but one who fights witches. Is it that what the difference is?
Also another question. The bible clearly states not to fool with certain things pertaining to magic, so how is conjure apart of Christianity?"
Is hoodoo witchcraft? No it's not. However, it all depends upon how you are approaching it. If you are approaching it from the perspective of Fundamentalist Christianity, then yes, you will perceive it to be witchcraft.
While I'm on the topic of Fundamentalist Christianity let me state something that most of these people don't know. In the past the slaves were forced to attend church and were forced to listen to the preacher give sermons on how black people were cursed by God to make their skin dark and about how God wants them to be slaves and that slavery was a punishment for their sins of witchcraft (their native religions).
Going further I need to inform people that the institutionalized church was not behind the abolishment of slavery. Sure, some Christians were, but not the institutionalized church. If it were up to the church, blacks would be slaves to this very day. So the hypocrisy of white, Fundamentalist Christianity was thrown in the slaves face at every chance.
So to make this very clear, we don't give a damn what the institutionalized church has to say. We don't give a damn what Fundamentalist Christians have to say. We don't need their buildings, their hymnals, their choir, their preachers, their Sunday school, their Wednesday night service, their revivals, etc. We don't need none of that stuff. We got access to God directly.
Hoodoo used to be in the black church. In some places it still is. Do you know there use to be blacks who were both professional Preachers and Rootworkers? However, those damn marketers were successful in convincing people, even black people, that hoodoo was witchcraft and from then on it started to fall out of the church. What truly hurts me is the black people who know nothing of their history and who have simply bought into the white nonsense of hoodoo being witchcraft.
And I will say this, white people can't allow black people to have something that empowers them. They have to put a stop to that! They have to tear it down and destroy it, and so those same hypocrite preachers who taught that God wanted blacks to be enslaved were also saying that hoodoo was evil, that it was witchcraft.
I've already blogged on how true hoodoos are indeed witch doctors. Yes, true hoodoo is 100% against witches and witchcraft. And by witch I don't mean the twisted, warped definition the Wiccans put forth. I mean the evil doers, the people who are doing unjustified black magic against innocent people.
As far as the Bible's condemning of witchcraft, true. However, hoodoo isn't witchcraft. You see, the marketers, the Wiccans, and all kinds of people have twisted the definition of witchcraft around. Just because you are doing magic doesn't mean it's witchcraft. There's plenty of stuff in the bible of biblical figures doing magic and even divination without the stigma of being labeled "witches". In the future I will blog more on this. It will blow your mind to learn of just how much "magic" there is in the bible. Most Fundamentalist Christians don't know because 1.) they don't actually read the bible, 2.) They read the bible with closed eyes. It just goes right over their heads.
Thanks for the comment and I hope this clears things up.