Accepting Other Religions
When I first came upon my path I did not realize that prejudice was still alive to this extreme. It did not take me long to learn this, nor did it take it long for people to tell me that I was going to go to hell. While tolerance for paganism has indeed improved through out the many years it is still frowned upon a great deal. Often times people can't help but share their disapproval of this religion.
While I often respect all religions and opinions I do not really like being disrespected and having my feelings hurt and most often cases, no matter what the religion may be, this happens. There are plenty of people out there who do not feel as I do.
History Of Prejudice
Let's begin with the most well known cases of intolerance of this earth based religion. The Salem Witch Trials. Though it came down to mainly lies, plenty of people died because of people pointing fingers at others and believing they were practicing witchcraft. So what if they were? They were doing no harm. Ye harm none and do as ye will is mainly what we believe. The threefold law as well.
People were hung, people were burn, and people were burned all because of suspicions of the practice of witchcraft. This not only happened here in the united states but all across Europe as well.
Paganism is an ancient belief. While Wicca is a newer path it is still based on ancient beliefs and though you may not believe it at least you can respect the person for who they are and not their beliefs. There is no need for belittling anyone. They have the right to live, the right to freedom of religion just as much as anyone else.
Modern Day Prejudice
To this day Pagans are still being told that we are going to hell. Recently I even read an article that in Saudi Arabia that a couple of women were executed on the charges of witchcraft and sorcery. Now although this may not be the case, they could of simply been standing up for their religion or speaking out of place, these were the charges that were placed on them and this is still simply wrong.
To this day Paganism is associated with sacrifices and dancing in the nude in the woods while having wild orgies. Wild orgies? Come on now. No. Sacrifices do not happen, not with the true Pagans or true Wicca practitioners. I will admit that every so often they do occur with those who turn it into some kind of occult practice but this is barely the case. Don't judge the majority of us on just a few cases.
Freedom Of Religion
Our ancestors came to the united states for majority of reasons. Freedom being a number one. Many of people came for their Freedom of Religion. Shouldn't we still have that now? I feel that with the tolerance of paganism still being slim that we don't really have this freedom. Christians, Pagans, Hindus, Buddhists, yes all of us should have freedom. Instead many of us are being judged. We should not judge each other based on our beliefs but rather who we are as a person. Are we kind? Are we gentle? Can't we just treat each other with respect just once? Perhaps one day the acceptance of paganism along with other religions will improve. Until then I will still consider myself proud of my beliefs.
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