Posted by Pilgrim Penny on January 18, 2000 at 11:28:26:
In Reply to: Re: Of Womyn & Wytches posted by Bill R on January 18, 2000 at 10:33:47:
: Hey girls, don't do this to me! It's way too early out here on the west coast. I barely have the first coffee down and looking at this thread though I had stumbled upon www.witchesvoice.org
: And whatever gave you the idea this was a country founded on religious freedom? First thing the Puritans did upon landing and settling was persecute anybody not worshipping the way they did.
: Kind of ironic, that. They fled to escape religious and political persecution and then establish it against all other sects and religions. We have more of a history of persecution than tolerance, sad to say, pick any topic: gender, sex, religion, race. Yes, even politics. It was not unknown to have canings and fist fights in Congress and more than once a duel was fought.
: ON the other hand, during a time when the religious right has been trying to get their sect voted as the national religion, paganism and wicca were recognized as religions and covered under the blanket protections of our constitution. The American people, as a whole, are fair minded and tolerant. I dare say this country has a wider acceptance of religious difference than any other. Likely we have one of the largest, if not THE largest population of witches in the world. Eh?
I know that this isn't The Witches Vox site. It just hits home to me that--I go by the name Pilgrim Penny sort of as a nod to history. However, if I were actually from that time, with my belief system the way it is, I would long ago have been killed. And I have experienced the prejudice that I spoke of first-hand. I believe that all religions are valid, and because I choose to revere nature and the female ascpect of life, that doesn't mean that I am evil or that I feel everyone should have the same spiritual ways that I follow. As long as our beliefs make us better human beings and treat the earth and each other with respect--that is what truly matters. Thanks for letting me have my say and letting me feel comfortable here. Love to all--PP
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