I'll be going back to San Diego for the first time since I've come out of the Broom Closet. I think it is very good for me and I plan to do a lot of witchy stuff with my daughter while I'm visiting. I'm slightly worried about how the family will take it, since I'm sure I'll be seeing all of them... Or at least most of 'em. I also plan to make it known that my daughter will be raised Pagan, and will be educated in all religions to the best of my ability, but that no one, myself included, will choose her religion for her.
Back when I was a kid, I had no choice but to be Christian. Even when my mom was dealing and stealing. Lying and being a hypocrite. I had to be "Christian". Hah! How do you choose someone's religion for them??? How do you have any right to tell someone that they're religion is not the "right" way to live? I mean, think about it... The point of every religion is to treat others with respect and love, right? "An ye harm none, do as ye will" "Love thy neighbor as thyself" They're all based on the golden rule, right? Treat others the way you want to be treated? So then what gives you, or me, or Billy Grahm (sp?) the right to tell others that their religion isn't right? I hear of Christians of all different followings bashing on Pagans of all different paths, and I even hear Pagans bashing Christians, though not to the same extent. Telling us we're going to hell, and things of that extent. Shoving Christianity down our throats...
I mean, don't get me wrong, I was raised Christian myself. I know what the Bible says. It tells you to share Jesus' teachings with others... IF THEY WANT TO LEARN!
Don't think I'm bashing on Christianity. I think that as far as religions go, it's just as good as any other. It saved my mother, and I'm grateful for that. That is what's important to me when any religion is concerned. It gives others a sense of having belief in something. A sense of safety. That's all some people need to make it through the day. A god to pray to. I'm happy with mine. You're happy with yours. Lets both be happy for each other for once.