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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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| To Each Their Own ||Sep 29th. at 11:21:33 am EDT|
|Jeanne Lisbet (Victoria,BC) ||Age: 22 - Email |
We all have our own levels of security, as our own situations dictate. No one should feel bad for not being able to be "out" in public, whether in a workplace or in a marching crowd in the streets. We all know who we are in ourselves, and that should be enough for anyone, no one should have to feel as though they have anything to prove. There are times however, when many voices are needed to give strength to the whole, and it is in picking our battles wisely that we will win a war, against our oppression, our fears, or those of others. For we must take care of each other, as none of us are free until we all are, we all know what is dearest to our hearts that is worth fighting for, and we will know the time when it comes.
May Peace be with us all.
| Would I Take Part? ||Sep 29th. at 11:36:05 am EDT|
|Angelika (Ontario Canada) ||Age: 45 - Email |
There is safety in numbers, so if a lot of pagans were to march, or protest peacefully
as one, then I would do so also. It would shock my famly and friends and anyone else that
knows me, but yes I would.
| Yes! ||Sep 29th. at 12:01:01 pm EDT|
|Dawn (Florida) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I am very fearful of the way people may react to my beliefs, always have been, but it didn't stop me from being open about it before 9-11 and I see no reason to go into hiding about it now. I am already on a servalence list for my beliefs and the verious oganizations I belong to. It doesn't bother me any. There is not one person in the united states at this time that isn't. As long as I brake no laws they cannot touch me. I will not let fear rule me, and I think that others should not either. We should all be proud of who and what we are and what it is that we believe. It is who we are and you cannot let anyone person or government take that away from you.
| It's Not Always Easy To Be Open ||Sep 29th. at 12:05:02 pm EDT|
|InnocenseRose (South Haven,Michigan) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I am not ashamed of what I am. I'm proud to be a wiccan. However, in my community it is not so easy to be open about this. I attend a school full of cruel and immature people. I feel it safer to hide what I am than to make it public. I know of three other wiccans in my school, one who I believe is public with what she is. But the difference is she is known by all. When my boyfriend learned of what I am, he almost left me. And he made the mistake of telling his mother this too, and she's still trying to force him to leave me. But it's been 17 months. If we could find a way for those who do not accept us to learn about us, it'd be easier to be open with what we are. People fear that which they do not understand. If the issue at hand was a big one and something that I believed worth fighting for, yes, I'd come out and I'd "fight" to the end. But sometimes it's just better to keep quiet.
| Yes, I Still Will... ||Sep 29th. at 12:15:17 pm EDT|
|Ackadia Seawind (Palm Coast Florida) ||Age: 40 - Email - Web|
The change in Political power and all the talk of war, do make this decision harder. I am more fearful than I was a few years ago. But I am not yet ready to lay-down and be walked all over. I still stand-up for what I believe and welcome the chance to do so in public. The only way bigotry can win is if people of conscious stop pointing it out. The only way injustice will prevail is if we turn our backs and walk away. I am not ready to walk away.
| Freedom Of Choice In America ||Sep 29th. at 2:24:10 pm EDT|
|Paeten (USA) ||Age: 46 - Email |
Yes I would participate. I would do so for any group who are persecuted for their beliefs. America is great due to our religious freedom and people need to be reminded there are many, many beliefs in this country. There is not ONE true way! If you condemm any peoples for their religious beliefs then you are blasting away at the very basis for this great nation.
| Believing In Yourself ||Sep 29th. at 4:52:50 pm EDT|
|Lisa (Arlington, Tx) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I would participate in or Protest as a Pagan. If you believe in yourself and your are comfortable with what you believe then nothing else should matter.
If Joan of Arc didn't believe in herself, religion and country; "Paris as a city would not of happened or would not of been part of France."
| Yes, I Would ||Sep 29th. at 4:58:15 pm EDT|
|lady kaye (USA) ||Age: 40 - Email |
I would like to believe that I would take part in a public protest as a Pagan. The Constitution allows for freedom of religon and that to me means ALL religions. The status of my 'broom closet' is open, meaning I haven't taken a full page ad out in the local newspaper declaring my statua as a practicing pagan, but I do not hide the pentacle that I wear around my neck. Won't it be a great day when all people can fully exercise the right to worship as they believe?
| Of Course ||Sep 29th. at 5:36:19 pm EDT|
|Dana Costa (Yonkers,NY) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I am more inclined to be out and about as a proud Pagan. I have been more open following the tragedy of 9/11. I have realized that i count and my voice like everyone elses deserves to be heard. I even bought a bumper sticker that says I AM PAGAN AND I VOTE. So, my broomcloset is wide open. I attended my first Pagan Pride Day this year and i brought my family so they could learn more about the path that i have chosen. We all had a great time and i think now they have a better understanding of me and those who have chosen this path.
| YES! ||Sep 29th. at 5:41:17 pm EDT|
|Samantha Stoner (Pensacola, FL) ||Age: 22 - Email |
As a pagan, yes I would participate in public events. Facing resistance and descrimination is a part of life. I don't believe that anyone can go through life without facing it. Being forced to defend a thought or belief tends to clarify and solidify exactly where you stand on the issue.
| LOCAL INTOLERANCE ||Sep 29th. at 6:21:40 pm EDT|
|Karen Hinkley (Strong) ||Age: 40 - Email |
There is a community awareness event at my university every year. Groups of all types are invited to set up information tables to promote their organization. Myself and another like minded earth-child decided to participate, to educate and (hopefully) eradicate local stereotypes we fall under here. A religious group that is in the habit of literally standing on the street-side and yelling their version of the truth and the danger of modern ways came onto campus. Standing in the commons they began to yell, LOUDLY, of the evils of my knowledge of our Lady and Lord. It was an embarrassing day and I have never done anything publically again, not here. Thanks for the space, Ariah
| Most Definately ||Sep 29th. at 7:36:55 pm EDT|
|Mae Silverpaws (Ga. (USA)) ||Age: 37 - Email |
I have taken part of many public pagan outings (though I have never participated in a protest).
The pagan/wiccan/heathen community needs to show the world at large that the we are a productive and positive part of the community.
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