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Occasionally I wandered in where I was not wanted and gave truthful answers.
Sometimes I even did it deliberately. A little disruption now can prevent disaster later.
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Paganism isn't a movement

I don't think paganism is a movement. I think it's a life.

I think there are those opposed to paganism who try to reduce it to politics. When that happens, I think it's natural to defend it with politics.

I also think that is a mistake. Reduce faith to politics and you'll depend on enough of your neighbors acknowledging it as "real" and "valid" just to support your choice and life.

Likewise sexuality. I personally don't care who you bonk, as long as it consenting adults. The only reason I could possibly care is if I'm one of the people involved. But link sexuality to politics and suddenly I am involved just by being around you, whether I want it or not. The default assumption is that I will fight your battles on their terms, just so I can be an "ally."

I tell Christians all the time, tain't mine. I deny them the power to control my faith. I deny them the power to define my faith. I am not what they think, I am what I choose. I am not something less, I am something else.

To paraphrase Paradise Lost, "I will not serve." My place is not where they would place me. I'm not living another's Story, I'm on my own Journey.

NeoNotes are the selected comments that I made on other boards, in email, or in response to articles where I could not respond directly.

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