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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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The Broom Closet Revisited: What’s Your Current Occupancy Rate?
Are you living more or less in the broom closet since last year? Does the current political climate make you more or less open about your beliefs with strangers or casual acquaintances than you used to be?
Are you worried or have you ever seriously considered that a modern day ‘witch hunt’ might target Pagans in the next few months/years?
Have you taken extra precautions to protect your private information or Pagan identity on the internet? At work? In your neighborhood?
Are you more or less inclined to speak up and/or identify yourself as a Pagan when discussing or writing about political, religious or social issues these days?
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| Walking My Path With Pride ||May 14th. at 3:55:55 am EDT|
|Paige (Surrey, BC, Canada) ||Age: 39 - Email - Web|
When I discoverd that this Earth Spiritualy, Wicca, was for me, I felt like I'd come home. I'd done a lot of searching and no other religion felt right. Nothing against them, I feel that whatever works for you, power to you. That's what I love about this religion, Wicca; we don't believe in judging other's religious choices. I didn't hesitate to tell those closest to me as soon as I knew this was the path I wanted to follow. I use common sense when deciding to tell someone new. I don't like it when someone 'preaches' to me about their religion, and I don't 'preach' mine. If someone is interested in knowing, I'll tell them. My experiences have all been positive ones, most people's interests are peaked a little and they want to know a bit about Wicca. I explain that we honor the feminine and masculine, Goddess & God or Lord & Lady. That we honor Mother Earth, nature and all her creatures. That any spells or magick we do is for good, never evil. We don't manipulate anyone, but always strive to improve our own lives by the power given us as a birth rite by the Goddess.
I just choose not too feel like an outsider, it is my religion and I have a right to practice it. We may have some way to go concerning society's acceptance and to remove the media's portrayal of Withcraft but we have come a long way.
| Pagan And Proud ||May 14th. at 4:05:44 am EDT|
|Colleen (Palm Bay, Florida) ||Age: 38 - Email |
I have no problem expressing who I am as of 7 years. My family and I have been out since then and it feels quite good! Of course you get that occasional one that is very ignorant on the subject but thats how you have to look at it because ignorance is bliss.
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