As the loan Heathen at this site I can say that it is lonely everywhere.
I suspect there are a few Wiccans on the boards here, but they tend to keep pretty low profile and the Wican & Heathen communities don't often get along to well.
Thats right, they are very separate enitites. Most christians don't get that. Heathens also have thier issues with fundies in the ranks. We get sadled with white supremist groups that have no idea what they are talking about. We refer to these people as "Nazitru". I am not one of them. As a whole, Heathni tend to be the conservatives of the pagan world (Indo-European belief structure).
I don't really believe that the average christian is a bad or disagreable person. It is those who self identify and believe they are to carry the flag of thier religion to others that "Don't get it".
As a Heathen I:
Don't believe in original sin
Don't believe that I am supposed to believe blindly in "GOD"
Believe I am living with the Gods (yeah, thats plural) and not underneath them
Am supposed to seek out the mystery and bueaty of the the world and not sequester my imagination to an old book.
Order my thoughts along the lines in order of importance of family, state, and humanity
Believe in personal freedom, free choice
Believe that women have every bit of ability to understand the gods and interact with them as I do myself.
Science tells me how the univers was created and operates but does not answere the question of why because that is for the relam of the metaphysical to answere.
I have sat here in the pub on many a night, and been told I was evil and a worshiper of satan (No such critter in Heathendom) at worst or misguided at best. There are conservative christian senators that have tried to have people like me removed from the armed services or at least to have us prevented from worshiping in our own way. The VAST majority of people in the US agree with these views on at least a passive level. That would be tacit permission to those who would start the effort to make me or my beliefs illegal.
I would politely as Michaelski, fully giving up my right to be offended, Could he handle someone like myself in the work place with him? This truly is a serious question that I would risk anything and everything being hurled at me. I got big shoulders!
Whenever he would spout a belief based on christianity, I would counter with the heathen perspective. Much as I do around here. In the previous thread, I was called a simpleton. Having met JordanB, I think his reaction came from his own personal religious beliefs.
We need to keep religion OUT of public civil society because of the typical form of ethics deciet. We are majority christian in this country, therefore the majority is helped most by more christianity. The classic pitfall of the greatest benifit to the greatest number.
So please understand that when I am being critical of the abrahamic religions, its from the standpoint of dealing with thier inhearent assumptions and ignorance of other belief structures on a daily basis.