Last Thursday me and Grimwell were asked to come to a Stampede breakfast... not wholly surprising in and of itself, since it is during Stampede currently (Calgary Stampede - for those of you who've never heard of it, it's the "Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth"... basically the biggest outdoor rodeo, with rides added, and a heck of a lot of "Cowboy & Indian" Heritage stuff).
It took place at a nearby church, and and we were mainly invited a) because the woman wanted to get to know us outside of work, and b) she knows we're not christian.
We had a good time, and this woman and her husband are actually quite interesting people, but her views on God are pretty much "I know my bible, and I know my God, and therefore I'M RIGHT, and every other religion is wrong". After talking with this woman for about 5 minutes (in which I was very good, and kept my feelings to myself), I had a desperate urge to go out and buy a pentacle and wear it in defiance more than anything else... even though she didn't say a single thing against Paganism (more against followers of the Koran actually)!
I thought that I was over this sort of thing, but I guess I'm not. She's a relatively nice person to talk to when she's not talking religion, but I almost felt like I had to hide while I was around her. So, beyond thinking about buying myself an actual Pentacle necklace (which my husband is against... he doesn't like idea of me being so blatant about it here in the bible belt), what can I do? I answer people openly about my religion (even her if she ever asks me), I inform people when they ask what paganism is... I'm doing all of it except actually converting people!
On a side note, my husband said he doesn't generally tell people he's Pagan anymore, he'll just tell them that he doesn't believe in their God... not because he's afraid of their reaction, but because he's gotten tired of explaining what Paganism is to people!
Trying to create a world, even in words, is good occupational therapy for lunatics who think they're God, and an excellent argument for Polytheism. -S.M. Stirlinghttp://www.bamatthews.com
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