In another thread here in the Pit, OpalCat (after personally attacking me) attempts to set me straight that Paganism is NOT a religion.
In fact OpalCat ranted:
“A few things… first of all “Pagan” is not a religion, it is a category. There are pagan religions which are certainly real religions, but “Pagan” or “Paganism” are not, in themselves, religions. I doubt someone with C#3’s intellectual capabilities would be able to grasp the difference though.”
Well now…I wish you mixed-up Pagans would get together and get it straight because you are confusing the fuck outta me. (Maybe you can have a convention in Las Vegas or something)
The following are excerpts from a SINGLE thread on this board from several others that CLEARLY show that at least THEY think that Paganism IS a religion:
“bernard, neither withcraft specifically, nor pagan religions in general, have a central governing body like the Catholic Church does”
“A new pagan usually performs a dedication ceremony (or has one performed for them if they’re joining a circle or coven), but it’s not as necessary as, say, baptism is to a Christian.”
“As with any religion, you shouldn’t just jump in blindly. Study what you can, and make sure it’s right for you. And if you find that Paganism, Wicca, or some other form of polytheism is right for you, well, great.”
“Maybe it’s time to point out what it is people lose when then choose most religions-The ability to say,“I don’t know.”
On the other hand, if I WERE to choose a religion, the modern version of Paganism(THERE’S a twist!) appeals to me more than most. The rites are fun, the people are pleasant, and any religion that highly irritates right-wing christians can’t be ALL bad.”
“They can be found in the yellow pages under Religion-Pagan or Religion-Other.”
“Re the rede: There’s a tendency fo those beginning in Paganism to see the Rede as a sort of commandment. It’s not really (as I see it); it’s a rule of thumb.”
“I’m not surprised you have such strong problems with Paganism. After all, it’s not your religion, so you disagree with its tenets.”
…so there you go…either OpalCat is wrong, they are wrong, or as I suggest earlier, they outta get their fucking story straight doncha think?