So a recent article on The Wild Hunt has me thinking…
(do read all the comments at TWH, a whole lot of wisdom is contained there-in!)
“However, that the hosts of a popular Pagan program have turned atheist should evoke some soul-searching about growth and maturity in our communities. Chas Clifton recently pointed out that pre-Christian (pagan) philosophy used to embrace everyone from the “hard” polytheists to the skeptical materialists. Who (and what) are we not embracing? Where are we not growing that these smart and talented folks must find their spiritual (or philosophical) satisfaction elsewhere? What do you think?”
Well, it seems to me that the Pagan community could really stand to do a lot of work and soul searching on issues of Pride and Community. I say this as a Pagan and Gay man who has often seen parallels and contrasts between his two subcultural communities.
Why do we seem to have so much trouble coming together across lines of faith or Tradition to build community on the local, regional, and national levels?
Why aren’t there more Pagan community groups, professional organizations, and charities?
Why aren’t more of the people who complain about various lacks in the Pagan community getting up and trying to do something about it?
Why isn’t there a more thriving Pagan oriented Press? Where is the Pagan communities equivalent of The Advocate, for example?
For those in the U.S….
Why, when we have full Constitutional protection for freedom of religion are so many of us so willing to hide fearfully in the closet? If we do not excercise our rights we shall surely lose them!
Just a few questions… any ideas out there folks?