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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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| Definitely ||Sep 27th. at 12:01:50 am EDT|
|Emrys_Wledig (Yuma) ||Age: 40 - Email |
I am 10 months from retiring from the US Navy and have recently updated my Page 2 to reflect a religious affiliation with Wicca. Now, Wicca isn't my true faith, but the closest thing the Federal Government recognizes. So with that mile stone passed, needless to say if the cause was one I felt strongly about, I would be there singing and dancing.
| Wicca Rules! ||Sep 27th. at 12:32:39 am EDT|
|kimberley (long beach, ca) ||Age: 38 - Email |
I am relatively new to Wicca and very grateful to have found my way to it after years of wavering between agnosticism and atheism because of my dissatifaction with all mainstream religions.
Yes, I will go to public gathering if they interest me. I'm taking my young children to the Pagan Festival in Hollywood this fall. As far as being "out" in regular life I am a teacher so I trade my pentacle for a more innocuous goddess symbol during the week but I do love to wear my pentacle and so proudly all summer and on weekends. I attribute the fact that the pentacle phases very few people (or that they don't say anything) to the fact that I live in a large metropolitan area. Finally something good about living in L.A.--besides beach and sunshine, of course.
| Of Course! ||Sep 27th. at 12:43:02 am EDT|
|Lissa (Columbia, SC) ||Age: 24 - Email |
After 2 years of my college roommate telling me I was going to hell (jokingly, every time, of course! - right), I pretty much don't care what strangers think of me or my religion. I am who I am and I'm rather happy and proud of that. I wear my pentacle and if someone asks, I tell them. All of my co-workers know I'm pagan and they're all cool with it. I'd sign a petition with my real name and I'd participate in Pagan Pride activities.
| Hell Ya ! (witchcraft Rules) ||Sep 27th. at 1:39:23 am EDT|
|Jeff Sveinson (RedDeer,AB) ||Age: 15 - Email |
I would love to take part in a public event or protest as a pagan.
| Spreading My Pagan Blessings!! ||Sep 27th. at 2:09:13 am EDT|
|Denise Aka Alahanna (Puyallup) ||Age: 26 - Email |
i would be more then willing to attend, a pagan/ wiccan event or gathering of any sort, but i do have to say that after 9-11 i am more worried about bringing my 5 year old Daughter, as for people in public places i have had nothing but warm responces from strangers & co-workers. most of my family dose not know & my best friend has had very negative responces to my "coming out of the broom closet" but have found that another of my friends is still safely inside. i have also had another christan friend ask me to locate a pentical identical to mine, because he fell in love with mine
walk in love & light of the goddess
| Always Wear Your Pride! ||Sep 27th. at 3:50:36 am EDT|
|Star Shaw (Oregon ~ The Kiger Mustang State - Home To Spirit~) ||Age: 30 - Email - Web|
Step out of the Broom Closet? I would and have Proudly. If my friends even my Religious ones can't accept me for whom I am. Then they have allot to learn about the world we live in. If they are not going to accept me for my religion then they need to not accept others for their Skin colors. Prejudice is Prejudice no matter what color or religion. We are all the same whether we want to accept it or not. I say for our children and our children's, children. We let Freedom of Religion, be freedom for all Religions.
Bright Blessings to you all - Embermoon
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| Gladly ||Sep 27th. at 4:16:10 am EDT|
|Lenore Kaliwolf (Cardiff, Wales,UK) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I would also gladly do this.
It would probably help my coming out as a witch too, and protesting for mine and others rights would give me good karma.
In the UK, where paganism is not a recocgnised religion, a protest would be great.
| Sure I Would! ||Sep 27th. at 8:20:19 am EDT|
|Monita (Sweden) ||Age: 21 - Email |
Since I live in Sweden I don't have any opportunities to protest as a pagan or something like that, but if I got the chance I would be there and be proud of my faith!
| Sure Did! ||Sep 27th. at 10:00:26 am EDT|
|Gí Forestchilde (Western MA) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I am one of the local co-coordinators for the Western MA Pagan Pride Day event. This year is the first year that I used my real name in the local papers and did an on camera interview for the local NBC affiliate. I feel that because of 9/11 and current White House and Congressional tendencies toward religious discrimination it is *MOST* important to stand up and let them know who we are ... and that we vote! They need to *see* their constituency and be reminded that we are not going to keep our heads in the sand while they legislate us right back into the broom closet.
Of course, I also live in an area of the country where it is easy to make these statements. Paganism is fairly accepted in my neck of the woods (or at least there are so many of us that it isn't made an issue). That means that I have to work extra hard for the people who *DO* fear for their safety ... and it is a responsibility that I willingly accept, if not for this generation, then for the next.
| LET YOUR VOICE RING OUT ||Sep 27th. at 12:50:45 pm EDT|
|David Nelson (JOHNSON CITY TN) ||Age: 25 - Email |
I BEKIEVE WE ALL HAVE A RIGHT TO VOICE OUR OPINION IF WE DONT THEN EVERYONE ELSE WILL MAKE OUR DESICIONS FOR US
WE SHOULD TAKE A STAND AND SHOW OUR GOVERNMENT THAT WE ARE A TRUE RELIGION AND WE DESERVE A RIGHT TO
VOICE OUR OPINION IF WE LET EVERYONE ELSE MAKE THE DESICIONS THEN TOMORROW OUR FREEDOM MAY BE TAKEN AWAY AND WE MAY HAVE TO HIDE IN SECRECY AND FEAR THOSE IN POWER
SO LIFT YOUR VOICE TO THE GODS AND GODDESSES AND LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT YES WE ARAE A TRUE RELIGION
MERRY MEET AND BLESSEED BE
| I Am Open In My Beliefs ||Sep 27th. at 1:25:37 pm EDT|
|Don Dundas (Michigan) ||Age: 34 - Email |
I am very open about myself as being a pagan. I think each person's religion is their own business and people should be respectful for each other and their beliefs. I am proud to call myself a pagan and feel much more at home spiritually being a pagan then in my past when I followed the Christian path.
| It Shook The World ||Sep 27th. at 1:35:28 pm EDT|
|DiaTima Vacheresse (Savannah, GA) ||Age: 17 - Email |
9/11 Shook the world when the two towers fell. And even though it was a select group of people of the Islamic belief I believe that their are certain people who are looking for anyone of a different faith. I do not however believe that their are many of these kinds of people out there. Wicca/ Paganism has taken the world by storm these last 50 years and whether we ment to or not we has stirred up a "normAL SOCIETIES" COOKING POT. But while I am rightened, often for my life that doesnt mean that I will say I'm not a Wiccan anymore. And if anyone wants to ask me and I tell them and they get angry about it....... That is their lose. Just because we are in a different faith doesn't mean we are evil. In the Goddesses eyes we are one and the same. But just the same I do believe we are still in a time where we must tread carefully, and be cautious.
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