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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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| 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.
| When, Where? Wanna Carpool? ||Sep 29th. at 8:28:19 pm EDT|
|Auradya (Florida) ||Age: 29 - Email |
My friends and I have discussed this and I am whole-heartedly out of the broom closet. I have been to gatherings, and only once did I come near protesting as a Witch when the Christians in the small town I lived in banded together to violate citizen rights.
As for my friends(I can only speak for them, not anyone else), many of them believe in the Old School rules about staying hidden. Those I don't choose to follow as I believe they were made for self and religious preservation during the Burning Times.
| Absolutely! ||Sep 29th. at 8:36:14 pm EDT|
|Lady Rhiannin Dieter (Lockport, NY) ||Age: 39 - Email - Web|
As an active member of the Pagan Community, as well as the Local Coordinator for the Buffalo Pagan Pride Festival 2003, I have never shied away from the public eye. I was born, raised and trained as a Witch and personally am proud of the person I am. I feel it is important to portray the Pagan Community in a positive light and to promote awareness. I have taken part in public protests, wrote letters, voiced my opinions via radio, public town meetings, web and other media and will continue to do so.
Lady Rhiannin HPs
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