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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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| 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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