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I honor of May 2nd, Pagan “Coming Out” day….. Hello, my name is Scott and I am a Pagan! actually, a Druid/Witch/Cunning man with Heathen tendencies.

I am sure that most every one who knows me knows that I am NOT Christian. I was raised in a very liberal household which was quite upper middle class and very conservative in appearance. My Mother took us to the local Methodist church while we were growing up, Dad did not attend as I think it cut into his Sunday pilgrimage to the Dunkin’ Donuts. All through High School religion was not much of an issue. I was more of an Agnostic then anything. I Attended a Southern Baptist Church for a very short while. It was not until university that I really started looking for something to understand and believe in. Seeing as how I was a Japanese Language major, Buddhism looked very amiable to me. I joined a Japanese Pure Land Temple and enjoyed life as a Buddhist for many years. I was only in the past 10 years or so that I Buddhism was not quite it…. I looked into Shinto, which is a wonderful nature based religion, but was somehow still foreign to me. Shinto is the Japanese version of Celtic Druid. Once I made this leap, I was hooked. Here is was a religion, a belief and a culture that my people actually were part of. The Celts, part of my family (like a lot in the US) is of Irish descent. I gained a huge connection when I was in Ireland in 2006. Now, I study and practice the religion of my ancestors, the one before St Patrick got in there and mucked it up.

A Few years ago (2009) a new license plate was release in many states, I had a short post about it at the time ( http://kumazuki.livejournal.com/77624.html) and how I had made up my own Pagan version of that tag as a name badge. I have been wearing that badge since them (well up until a few weeks ago). An employee wrote an anonymous letter to the County Treasurer (our boss) to complain about this that and the other thing. One of the issues was that it seems that one of the other employees was “offended” by my badge. I told that I was not allowed to wear it anymore. I guess it OK to tape bible scriptures to your computer and you station, and wear a badge that professes your belief in the one true Christianity, but not if you are a “dirty Pagan”…..

So, “Hello, my name is Scott and I am a Pagan”.

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lothithil
May. 3rd, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Hello, Scott!

Sorry about your douchebag co-worker. What an unnecessary damper on your workplace atmosphere! That person is clearly a weenie.
zedsled
May. 4th, 2011 12:55 am (UTC)
So, the state employee is interfering with your freedom of religious expression when other employees are allowed to express religion? Nice (said sarcastically).

On a side note, I think Pagan coming out day was a huge success. I had no idea how many friends of mine identified themselves as Pagan. Pretty cool.
bluebear2
May. 4th, 2011 01:11 am (UTC)
Paganism is very widespread nowadays. It seems to be what makes sense in a nature loving environmental world I guess. I know so many people who have the point of view of paganism even if they don't think of themselves as such.
goofybearz
May. 4th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
That ain't right
daddycoug
May. 4th, 2011 04:37 am (UTC)
It's just sad & pathetic :( Freedom of religion my ass, You go pagan!!
mynchyld
May. 4th, 2011 04:46 am (UTC)
It's sad when people in general get so closed-minded about beliefs. Belief/religion is a individually personal thing.

(I must've missed the memo about Pagan-coming-out-day.. no cookies for me tonight..)

Happy Pagan Day, Scott - Hugs!
bearfinch
May. 4th, 2011 02:36 pm (UTC)
I think you should write a letter back explaining your position on the matter.
cubziz
May. 13th, 2011 02:33 am (UTC)
This type of discrimination through claiming "offensiveness" has existed for years.

The answer. "You not being offended isn't in the constitution. My freedom of religion and expression ARE."

In college, I helped found a pagan student organization. I was the "Christian" representative (though I was atheist at that point) and represented the group to the Student Activities org. It didn't keep the school from doing its best to keep the group from meeting. We lost that reservation for the conference room. We lost that public announcement of the meeting times, etc. Never piss off a hacker though. ;) I found ways to keep the group meeting. *evil cackle*
cubziz
May. 13th, 2011 02:34 am (UTC)
*smacks forehead* Damn typos.

"YOUR not being offended isn't in the constitution. My freedom of religion and expression ARE."
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