At our last meeting of Grove of the Black Oak, my daughter The Heir snapped this group photo. It was Imbolc, and for one reason or another, more than half our usual members could not attend the Ritual.
I have to laugh when I look at this picture. Even if you are a Pagan, usually when you hear that a group is Pagan, it conjures in your mind some offbeat people, people who perhaps dress differently or are slightly more flamboyant in temperament, or whatnot.
Look at us! Could you honestly and truly discern that we're Druids, and not Methodists, or cousins at a family reunion, or -- gassssssp -- a Bible study group taking a break at a Focus on the Family convention?
So if we don't look evil, and don't act evil, and don't think evil thoughts, why are people calling us evil just because we don't want to say "one nation under God" while pledging the flag?
Every time the God stuff has been challenged in the courts, it has always been by atheists. I would love to see the American Pagan community become so large that it could mount a lawsuit against the God stuff in government, from dolla dolla bills to the Pledge.
Rick Santorum says we're a nation founded on Judeo-Christian underpinnings. That may be true, but we're also a nation founded on the principles of religious freedom, and in this country at this time, more and more of us are removing the Judeo-Christian pins and worshipping other ways.
And we are all Americans. Rather ordinary-looking Americans at that.
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