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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Would You Take Part in a Public Event or Protest AS a Pagan?
Many Pagans or Heathens have always been a little leery about taking part in public events, protests or in signing their real names to letters or petitions. Given the current climate in the United States and across the world since 9/11, are you more or less inclined to be open about your spiritual beliefs or religion than you once were? Are you more fearful of reprisals or discrimination? Do you think that you would be placed on a surveillance list if you participated in public events or signed petitions with your legal name? Are you more cautious than you may have been before? Or have the events emboldened you to take a more public stance?
What’s the current status of YOUR broom closet?
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| Follow The Path ||Sep 26th. at 5:22:16 pm EDT|
|GwyllionMoon (south florida) ||Age: 53 - Email - Web|
It would seem to me that if we individually and/or collectively accept any number of paths that Earth based spirituality offers, it would be and should be our honor to stand up to those who would see us silenced......for silence never opened any door or any mind.
| An Offer I Couldn't Refuse ||Sep 26th. at 5:28:01 pm EDT|
|Mo Shamseddin (London UK) ||Age: 44 - Email |
Allen Ginsberg came up with the slogan "candour ends paranoia", and it remains a good one as far as I'm concerned. So certainly, I'd take part in an event or protest as a pagan, just as I would as a gay man. We have a long way to go in transforming our human world, but the smallest thing can count as significant. So many things flow from integrity shared. For some people such acts of communal magic are too hazardous to them or their loved ones, thus impossible in practical terms. All the more important for those of us who can, to do.
Love, peace and blessings
| Loud And Proud! ||Sep 26th. at 5:33:16 pm EDT|
|Terri McLaughlin (Stratford, Canada) ||Age: 15 - Email |
I would definetly be proud to act in a protest or public event as a pagan. I mean why not? Christians display their belief proudly. So do Hinduists and Catholics and every other religious group so why not pagans? I would like to close by saying if you believe in something don't be ashamed of it. How true are you if ou aren't willing to stand up for what you believe in?
| With A Caveat ||Sep 26th. at 6:06:05 pm EDT|
|lilith (los angeles) ||Age: 33 - Email |
since i go to protests i am attending protests as a witch. i have yet to be involved in a protest where being "out" as a witch is even a necessity. generally i am reticent to discuss my stance with people outside the craft because i dont feel i should do things to either thrill or frighten the ignorant and the childish. i have no problem with keeping certain aspects of the craft secret. i dont believe, for myself, that there is any reason to be out, since i have no intention of proselytizing anyone, and i largely dont care to discuss my private practices with others. i have nothing against people who are open about their personal beliefs and lifestyles, as long as everyone understands that those people are only representing themselves, not me.
however, i have been in a situation where someone was being attacked by, in this case, a right wing fanatical christian, and aforementioned christian was snarling about this person being a witch, and they were speaking TO ME, and of course i said hey, you say witch like its a bad thing. and if there was a situation where someone was arrested solely for practicing witchcraft or whose children were taken away because they were not in the religious mainstream or if something came up wherein my existance as a witch were to become relevant, then yes, without hesitation, i would have no problem being out.
in the main, i believe now and have always believed, and 9/11 has nothing to do with this belief, that people choose their own path, and since i dont really like people walking around flaunting their christianity in my face i choose to do unto others as i would have them do unto me. if im pushed its one thing, but im fortunate in that i rarely get pushed. fear has nothing to do with why i proceed as i do. i genuinely have no desire to discuss the craft with outsiders, and frankly i dont even discuss it with witches all that often either.
| Blow The Doors Off ||Sep 26th. at 6:59:35 pm EDT|
|Rev. Michael W. DeMeritt (Houston, Texas. U.S.A.) ||Age: 31 - Email - Web|
To all Concerned,
I just compleated my stint as the Volunteer Coordinator for Houston Pagan Pride Day. We have one of the largest public events in the country. I wouldn't have thought twice about using my real name in conection with that, or any other, event.
I came out as pagan to my family about 14 years ago, and haven't been very closeted about it to anyone else ever since. If it doesn't come up I don't make it an issue but I don't hide it. I don't hide the fact that I'm gay either(alot of people can't tell) but I don't make it an issue until people try to tread on my freedom to choose. I have no use for closets except to hang clothes. So step back... were blowin' the doors off.
Love and Blessed Be,
Michael W. DeMeritt(Guardian SeaMystMoon Tradition)
| Absolutely! ||Sep 26th. at 7:07:36 pm EDT|
|Wendy- HPs Forest House Coven (Simi Valley, California) ||Age: 41 - Email - Web|
Absolutely!! I take part in public pagan events on a regular basis. While I realize that there are many important reasons why pagans of all paths may have to keep their views hidden, I feel that if at all possible, pagans should be out of the "broom closet" If we remain hidden, then we can not promote education and tolerance of pagan practices.
As a Priestess, I feel that it is part of my responsibility to try and provide informtion and educate non pagans as often as I can. Since I am very visable as a witch, I have many opportunities to answer questions from the curious. I am well known in my city as a witch and as a result am often contacted, especially around Samhain, by the local papers as a source for their seasonal stories. In this way at least I can be reasonably sure that correct information is getting to the public. One local high school English teacher uses an interview that I did for the local paper a few years back,every year as part of her class instruction about "The Crucible".
| Oh, Yeah ||Sep 26th. at 7:56:58 pm EDT|
|Denise (Cordova,Ak) ||Age: 46 - Email |
In a heart beat. I've protested Vietnam, been a part in sit-ins and when I young and stupid protested against homosexauls(sp?) Yes, sometimes its hard to speak out, but more than ever do we need to stand up for each other and ourselves. I'm not afaid to speak out when needed and when I'm wrong, that's okay,too. This is how we learn. Being afraid holds us back. Hey, the founding fathers and mothers went forward with their beliefs, can we do less? Blessed Be
| Yeah, Baby! ||Sep 26th. at 9:54:50 pm EDT|
|ShadowDancer (California) ||Age: 13 - Email - Web|
Oh, I'd be out there in a second. If I feel my rights are being tread upon, I can and will fight back. Though violence is silly, self-defense and peaceful protest are fine with me. I can't even count the number of times I've had others tell me I'm going to hell, am evil, etc. It doesn't help when your Vice Principal teaches Sunday school, either. I can take a lot of things in stride, but when it comes right down to it, I wear my pentacle with pride. (Or would, if it wasn't at the bottom of Lake Elsinore right now >.
| Time To Step Out Of The Darkness... ||Sep 26th. at 9:57:57 pm EDT|
|Silver Eyed Kimberleigh (Michigan) ||Age: 16 - Email |
Yes, i would because it shows other religions were not afraid to live
up to our potential. I take great pride in being a pagan and if i have
to go to a rally and protests to prove it so be it! I am going to live
up to it and show other religons i am not afraid to fly my religion
high in the sky. We were in britan first and now it's time to take back
what rightfully ours. We were once number one but then other religions
pushed us back into the darkness and we have to step on uot and show them
they havent won yet. It aint going to be like that anymore were going to
prosper if we show our pride as a pagan!
To the Goddess,
| Proud To Be PAGAN :P ||Sep 26th. at 10:41:01 pm EDT|
|Kassandre Koenig (San Diego) ||Age: 31 - Email |
I'm very proud to be Pagan/Wiccan and I would gladly sign my name to any petition that I believe in the outcome as a Pagan. I would also march in a protest as a Pagan. And I would just generally stand up for my right as a Pagan. If someoen doesn't like it then that's their problem. If they want to put me on a list of people to watch so be it but I'm not going to hide my beliefs. We are suppose to be in the land of the 'free' and in that freedom I have the RIGHT to be whatever religon I want and this is the one that chose me. I love the Goddess and all she stand for and I'll stand up for her any day!
| Proud But Not Militant ||Sep 26th. at 10:41:21 pm EDT|
|Karen Lowe (Cleveland, Ohio) ||Age: 47 - Email |
Some of the most valuable lessons I've learned since I've chosen this path is that being proud of being Pagan doesn't necessarly mean I have to force my beliefs to be credible. Yes, I wear my pentacle proudly, and hope that my actions speak louder than and words could. I know I'm grateful for any and all who chose to fight for the same causes that are dear to my heart. My love of the Spirit is best demonstrated by me as not being afraid to speak up, drawing from the wisdom of those who guide me, and simply being the best I can be. If we all behave as tho "someone is watching us", we can be sure that we're probably acting in the best interest of all! Blessed Be!
| Need You Ask, Id Be There With Bells On. ||Sep 26th. at 11:10:27 pm EDT|
|Katrina Cheney--French (Perth Western Australia) ||Age: 38 - Email |
N0 longer dishonoured or discouraged
I am free from ye envy & hate, As I stand alone
amid the darkness with honour & pride
For I am me,As I am meant to be
My heart is pure & My mind is free
No other way is it to be
For My soul is Free
As it should always be
For Pagan am I
Yes I would be there.
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