So I was working at the theme park the other day, and as I went about my duties I saw a familly in one of the back corners of the public areas of the park, setting out a blanket on the ground. It took me a moment to realize that this was a familly of Muslims, preparing for prayer.
The more I thought about it that day, the more I realized that given the current circumstances in the world this was not only an act of faith and devotion, but an act of some bravery. To be willing to face the possibility of odd stares, or worse, and to still carry forward with the daily prayers required by Islam.
I am reminded of the many times back in Anchorage where I would encourage folks to wear their Pentacles openly. I was also reminded of my own hesitancy to do so since moving to Florida.
As a U.S. citizen, I am guaranteed the Freedom of Religion within the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. As a realist I know that one only has (and will continue to have) the Rights that one is willing to excercise, and defend.
Commen sense, of course, also tells me that there will be times where wearing my Pentacle is either not appropriate (often related to work situations) or, sadly, even safe. I think, though, that I shall wear it when reasonable and safe to do so, with pride. I may face difficulties and bad situations, but I think Their Perfect Love and Perfect Trust, is worth the occasional inconvenience.
I also think I will continue to encourage others to wear their Pents, and Awens, and Hammers, and what-have-you, with pride.