Heard of DC40?

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Heard of DC40?
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Wed, 07-27-2011 - 1:27pm

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2011/07/what-spiritual-warfare-looks-like.html

I hope it fizzles and doesn't start an intolerant hatred movement, not just toward Pagans, but those who are Atheist, or believe in a different "version" of Christianity or another religion. I worry when I see things like this that further injustices and twisting of our gov't and our freedoms and their protections, will occur. I work to send energy and prayers for enlightenment to open their minds and hearts to the evil of this kind of attitude and the harm that can be perpetuated. May we all stay safe, and secure in our freedoms and rights in this country. Wherever we live.That we are not denied housing or jobs or anything else for being of the "wrong" religion. :O


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Wed, 07-27-2011 - 1:50pm

I was reading about them just the other day. This is a movement that is bound to fail, especially when they target other Christian demoninations. Just looking at my local yellow pages under "Churches" I counted 60 different denominations, including six under the Baptist churches alone. Is this group willing to take on the rest of the Christians in this country and quabble over differences in faith? Goddess, I hope not! The government will probably end up getting involved and start quoting the Constitution to these radicals. If something comes from this, I can see a lot of discrimination lawsuits in the future. Groups like these are exactly what our founding fathers were against. People forget that many of the founding fathers of our country and its government were not Christian. They were Deists. Yes, they believed in a Supreme Being who created the universe, but they did not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.

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Wed, 07-27-2011 - 4:55pm

All very good points, Sisterhoney! How can they expect support from other Christians when they denounce them as well? Doesn't seem to be a good way to spread any kind of message of love. And like, hey, the U.S. gov't doesn't have enough serious major issues to deal with, without having to referee when such fanatics want to persecute or remove the freedoms of others?! YIKES! :O


Blessings,

Gypsy

)O(



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Thu, 07-28-2011 - 1:25am
We dont' have a lot of any religion here, there is just such a mix with no dominant ones.So it's hard for me to worry about these kinds of things. I openly wear my pentagram at work w/no problems...and I work for the gov't.

Dee
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Thu, 07-28-2011 - 2:14am

I live in the southeastern US, in the Bible Belt. You can't go anywhere---the post office, the grocery store, the hair salon---without someone bringing up God or Jesus or church. My family was ostracized by an entire town because we didn't go to church. In my home state a woman who lived openly as a Wiccan had her home and car vandalized, her pets killed and her children threatened at school because of her beliefs. The Pagan shop that I used to shop at went out of business after it got flooded. The woman who ran it wanted to hold a wiches' ball in the next town over to raise money to fix her shop, but the town refused and she ended up losing her shop. I make sure that I'm not harrassed by people because I don't look Pagan. I blend in. I basically have one foot in and one foot out of the broom closet. I'm in the closet about other aspects of my life as well. I've always been a very private person anyway, so it's no longer a big deal.

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Thu, 07-28-2011 - 10:05am
We live in the Bay Area, CA. Very multicultural and multireligion. :) Don't fool yourself, though, there are small towns and communities where one might have to walk a very cautious line, even in California. I am fortunate to be in the area where there can even be public rituals and a variety of Pagan oriented shops. Buddhism, Zen meditation centers, synogogues. A variety of Christian oriented churchs, Muslim. Hindu. Native American. We have it all! ;) I love it! And, more importantly, I feel safe... I wish everyone everywhere could feel safe.


Blessings,

Gypsy

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Thu, 07-28-2011 - 1:54pm

The city that I live in now is more diverse than the one I lived in previously. I live in a tourist city, so we have to be somewhat diverse in our offerings. There is a very large GLBT dance club downtown. I have seen gay and lesbian couples holding hands downtown, something that would not have occurred in my previous town. We don't have any Pagan shops here, but there is one in the next town over, which I haven't been to yet.

I have been to the Bay Area and it's somewhere that I would fit in with very well. But even though I might complain a lot about living in the South I'll probably always remain here. It's been my home for 45 years now and I do feel at home here.