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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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| 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.
| What?! ||Sep 27th. at 2:21:10 pm EDT|
|Amanda (Houston,TX) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I certaintly would take part in protests, public events, and sign my legal name to a petition. I am
more open about my beleifs now than ever. Uninformed people are ignorant people, and ignorant
people are dangerous. Status of MY broom closet: I am OUT! :) Blessed Be to you all!
| What's To Hide? ||Sep 27th. at 2:23:21 pm EDT|
|Craig Stehr (Berkeley, CA) ||Age: 52 - Email - Web|
I present myself in public exactly the way I am. There is a large number of "earth spiritual" practitioners in the San Francisco bay area, and nobody's hiding. Local revolutionary ecology and peace & justice groups are filled with neo-pagans, witches, druids, shamans, eclectics, etc. Nobody here cares about what our confused critics think. We rock!!
| Of Course! ||Sep 27th. at 3:06:00 pm EDT|
|Hope Tway (Tuscaloosa, Alabama) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Well, I have been known to foolishly get myself into bad situations (I'm an aries- 'nough said), but there was only a very small length of time when I was afriad to be public about my beliefs and stand up for them. Now, as the founder and unofficial leader of the campus Pagan group here in the Druid City, and having my name published in the local paper as a Pagan, even if I wanted to, I can hardly back out now! I don't run around, screaming my name and beliefs from the rooftops, but I make no effort to hide them, and when they are challenged, I will stand my ground and not back down. I have just as much right as anyone else to hold my beliefs, and live my life according to them. Also, I will fight for anyone else's right to believe what they wish to (not just Pagans, but in the context of my group, that is my current stance, I guess). Can anyone tell that I want to go into law after undergrad? ;-} Ok, I'm done now. *steps off soapbox*
| Closets Are For Coats ||Sep 27th. at 3:54:03 pm EDT|
|Amber Heathen (Cornelius Oregon) ||Age: 22 - Email |
I've never seen the point in "hiding". I don't go around introducing myself as "Hi, I'm Amber, I'm a witch!" but yes, people know. If they ask what I believe I tell them. I wear a pentacle at work and only one person out of hundreds has had a problem with it.
Would I go to Pagan gatherings and festivals? Actually, no. I don't like crowds and most gatherings seem to be primarily aimed at Wiccans and I have absolutely no interest in Wicca. I'm an eclectic panenthiestic dark pagan witchy something or other, if we have to label ourselves :) The "dark pagan" part seems to irritate a lot of white-lighters anyway, as a lot of them still associate "dark" with "evil"...carry-overs from a Judeo-Christian upbringing I suppose.
There's only one protest I would have participated in if I could have. When Bush came to Portland I *so* wanted to go to that protest, but I was sick that day. And even if I weren't sick I would have had to go to work anyways. Gotta keep a roof over my head and food on the table. Other than that I'm not very interested in protests. There are always some there who ruin the "peaceful" part of it all. There are people who protest for a living and their "job" is to cause as much trouble as possible to get media attention. They think it will draw even more attention to their "cause" although it really doesn't. All it does is annoy the hell out of people. A while back a group called Earth First! protested at an office building right next door to the one I work in and made a lot of noise. *No one* cared what they were protesting. Everyone just wanted them to shut up and go away so we could get back to work. (The joke around here was that they were actually protesting bathing, some of those people STUNK horribly). When people block others from going to work and doing their job and cause destruction of property (I was told some of the fire alarms were broken during the "protest"), no one cares what the people are protesting. They just see a bunch of rowdy, stinky, jobless wannabe-hippies making jackasses out of themselves.
I'm not trying to be mean or heartless, but thats how I feel.
| Pagan Proud ||Sep 27th. at 4:43:03 pm EDT|
|Patricia Jones (Iowa) ||Age: 0 - Email - Web|
I am a Pagan and a solitary practitioner and I will never deny my faith or my true path. I will be dragged kicking and screaming(in ancient latin)back to hide in a closet of fear or shame.That will be the only way I will be stopped from voiceing my opinions and beliefs.Havent we had enough of the hate and fear mongers? My broom is hanging over my front door with a pentagram and a sign that says "blessed be"...i dont think you could hide less than that. Merry Part and Merry Meet again. Pat Jones (real name),a.k.a...coldNovemberRain and d.j.
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