Ha, amazing! I'll have to keep that one in mind :D
The truth of the matter is that nobody is appropriating anything anymore than the original "cultures" did originally, where do you think they got it from? Some of it was appropriated from the previous cultures in their own development.
Nobody owns the gods... Frankly the type of people who run around saying "Your doing it wrong!" are just as annoying to me as the bible thumpers who run around with Chicks Tracts and saying "You're hanging by a thread over the pit of hell" to which I usually ask them if they have a pair of scissors, so I can escape from them....
I believe we may be talking about a personality trait here. These folks you mention who are all hat and no cattle are the same ones who, several years later, "Get Saved" and then make up stories about how they were ritually tortured by witches and satanists as a child, and the memories are just coming back, and then they go door to door trying to save you and me...
I like how the Amish do it... they mind their own business.
I agree totally. Worked with a Jewish gentleman for several years, ate lunch with him frequently. He never found a reason to slap the ham sandwiches I would often eat out of my hand. In fact the contents of my sandwich never even came up. I remember the panic and I see elements that lead to it buzzing around places like you tube today. I just wish other Pagans at least could resist falling for such conspiracies. I really do not care what someone believes until such beliefs include accusations of crimes people who believe as I do have never committed or absurdities like people like me controlling the media or turning the frogs gay.
I almost spit my coffee (or is it covfefe?) all over my keyboard when you mentioned Alex Jones "Gay Frogs" OMG! ha ha! Thanks for that. https://youtu.be/9JRLCBb7qK8
An odd paradox in the Pagan community that it seems that being to practical is cause for offense and being too well read is also an offense. Was in a hedge group that focus on practicality and simplicity and often ran into turned up noses at Pagan gatherings. I am also a Thelemite and active with the OTO and am familiar with both the standard Crowleyphobia at such gatherings, but also have received friction simply because I might have studied a bit. Had I been trying to establish myself as some kind of authority I would not be annoyed. Usually the only way I could continue the conversation without offending the other party I would have to lie. In both examples I am viewed as an outsider to Paganism when I have considered myself Pagan for decades. Life is hard.
Study and Practice... That is the only true recipe for doing real magick in this world. I believe you are experiencing the fear that most people have when they get called on their beliefs and know deep down, they do not have the practice and study they need to affect anything. Because you do, you are a unconscious threat to them.
You see this in all walks of life. People turn their nose up at the grungy mechanic, or welder, or plumber... but what they do not know is good mechanics, welders, and plumbers make six figure incomes these days. Because the good ones Study, and Practice.
Seek out those who also believe in Study and Practice. After all, you probably really want to hang with those who will make you better at your own practice...
When you talk about your path and it involves multiple religions;
"Oh, honey, it's all the same." No it's not all the same.
"Two million witches burned!" [followed by some political jargon.]
I don't have an exact quote, but when Neo-Wiccans think that Wicca owns witchcraft so everyone in witchcraft, even those merely accused during the "Burning Times", is representative of their religion. No matter how ancient and far removed from the modern world it is.
"We [witches] have nothing to do with Satan!" Give it a rest, will yah? Satanic panic is not even a thing anymore. No one cares. And yeah this does get said to other pagans, specifically the left-hand path ones.
"Karma [or three-fold law] will get you!" Pfft. Take your Western idea of karma and stuff it.
"Real Witches (trademark symbol) don't curse!" Well, fuck that then.