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Nakhash

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Do You Think Pagans and Wicccans Have Hit the Million Mark?
« on: August 01, 2012, 12:16:21 PM »
Around 2008, census takers for religion estimated that Pagans and Wiccans (they forgot to mention Heathens) were probably at 750,000 and was one of the fastest growing groups. Numbers were hard to obtain as many remain hidden in the "broom closet" for fear how family, friends and their community would react. It's becoming more acceptable and more and more people are openly practicing or seeking information.

Do you think we've passed the one million mark? This would make us one of the top five religious groups in the US and, as I stated, one of the fastest growing?

How do you think other groups will react to us becoming more open of our existence?
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Re: Do You Think Pagans and Wicccans Have Hit the Million Mark?
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012, 10:44:00 PM »
I absolutely believe you have passed the one million mark. I meet pagans and wiccans everywhere I go (Whether they are public or not) and I live in a very conservative Christian area. I also don't expect other religious groups to be very welcoming. After all, you're competition that doesn't conform to their rigid belief systems and you're becoming increasingly popular. I think that's a good thing, personally. From what I know of wiccans and pagans, you're much preferred to the other systems. You're not nearly as bigoted or self-righteous.

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Re: Do You Think Pagans and Wicccans Have Hit the Million Mark?
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2012, 06:22:54 PM »
Thank you. I think most of us try to be as accepting of other beliefs as possible. I know there are some who are very angry towards the religions they grew up in. Sometimes it's because other family members who are aware of their change in beliefs can be very hurtful in trying to "bring them back into the fold," condemning them to hell, or refusing to have any contact with them while they "worship the devil."

But there can be problems even within a group. There are some groups that are very specific in who is allowed to participate in their rituals. At a recent Pagan Spirit Gathering, participation to a Dianic ritual for “women who bleed, will bleed, or have bled our sacred bloods” which would leave out transgendered women. This ritual was headed by Selena Fox of Circle Sanctuary and caused quite a stir among attendees.
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Re: Do You Think Pagans and Wicccans Have Hit the Million Mark?
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2012, 09:46:18 PM »
Well, no group is perfect. Every religion or philosophy has it's intolerant members. But I think that wiccans and pagans in general are more tolerant of everyone's individual beliefs, probably because they understand what it's like to have people who are intolerant towards your beliefs. I've always been welcome at rituals and ceremonies and I really enjoy my time there. Before and after the ritual is almost like a party!


 

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