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Pimping Religion

“Here, I have something for you.”

I don't get angry very often, but a red flame of rage kindles inside of me. My long-time neighbor's new husband is a retired Baptist minister, and I've been expecting something of this sort. I've been down this road far too many times before, and frankly, I resent it.

Evangelism is one of the chief things that I hate about Christianity, not to mention its fellow imperialist (if I weren't such a nice guy, I'd say “pimp”) religions, Islam and (to a lesser degree) Buddhism. Cursed be the proselytizers.

Coming from people who place a high value on civility, I take his “salvation” pamphlet anyway. To think that trees died for this.

“I want you to read this and tell me what you think,” he says, lying. He doesn't care what I think; he just wants an in.

Over the years, I've thought long and hard about a proper response to this sort of behavior. I have no interest in discussing anything with spirit-bullies like this guy, certainly not my inner life. It's wasted breath to talk with someone who isn't listening.

So I'll ignore his bullying, condescending, and manipulative behavior for now. And if he brings it up again, I'll say to him what I always say:

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  • Steven Posch
    Steven Posch says #
    Whenever the self-righteous are convinced that they've got the One Right Answer for everybody, they're always obnoxious, they're a
  • Anthony Gresham
    Anthony Gresham says #
    I include Communism along with the other pimp religions. Protests to the contrary notwithstanding it doesn't work as a theory of
  • Tyger
    Tyger says #
    My answer is always, "No thank you, I'm not interested." No explanation, because that just gives them an 'in' to argue. If they as
Pagans Don't Proselytize; We Don't Need To

Pagans don't proselytize. We don't need to.

They come to us.

Why? Because, unlike other religions, “pagan” isn't something that you convert to.

Pagan is what you already are.

Paganism is inherent in human experience. Everyone is born pagan.

Anything else, you have to be made into.

“Becoming” pagan, then, is a process of recovering what's already yours, yours by right.

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Other People's Stuff

They're all over the world now, but they started out right here in the Midwest: Little Free Libraries.

In front of their homes, people erect what look like roadside shrines, and so they are: shrines of literacy. Open the door to one of these little god-houses and you'll find inside, instead of an image, shelves of books. The idea is, take a book, leave a book. All completely free. It's a great idea: generous, hospitable, practical. Very Midwestern.

A coven-sib and her husband put up one in their front yard. Suddenly, a problem arose: what to do with the Kreesh-chun materials, the Bibles and other “literature,” that accumulated on their shelves?

[A Zuñi elder once remarked: "How can they expect us to take their religion seriously when they throw it away as if it weren't worth anything?"]

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This question turns up in my inbox regularly. Sometimes when you’re searching for something, and particularly when you’ve been searching for a long time, a part of you wishes someone could just give you the answer so you can move on to the next step. I get it—really, I do. But the truth is the only person who can and should be answering this question for you is you.

One of the coolest things about Wicca, in my opinion, is that it makes you ask the hard questions and decide things for yourself. If you decide to pursue Wicca as your spirituality, you’re embarking on a path that’s not in the mainstream and doesn’t have a centralized leadership, structure, sacred text, or set of teachings. Exploring Wicca means jumping into the deep end without many of the usual societal supports. Nobody can truly tell you how to do it, although helpful people might be able to provide some guidance on the way. I realize that’s very uncomfortable sometimes, but nobody ever said spiritual growth (or any other kind of growth) is comfortable. If we’re too comfortable, we’re not likely to create change.

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Boundaries & Permeability, Inclusivity & Exclusivity

From a cursory scan of several Pagan blogs, it appears to me that lots of Pagans have been devoting their thinking to the notion of inclusivity.  Who is welcome in whose circles?  How Pagans can demonstrate their love for all humankind by rolling out the welcome mat to one and all?  In principle I agree that our groups should be welcoming to all who are called to a Pagan path, although we all know that there are many Pagan paths and not every one is suitable for every seeker.


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    Wonderful your word of wisdom , those r earned through much experience and life . Thank you I worry that a boomarang affect is tak

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