I took a big leap out of the broom closet at work. We have this newsletter that comes out once a month, and the editor asked everyone in the agency to submit a statement about what diversity means to them or why diversity is important to them. Since we are a government agency they are always touting how important diversity is to them and how proud they are of their sensitivity to diversity and their diverse culture...so being my ever ornery self I had to push the button.
I submitted my statement as "Diversity
is important to me because I am Wiccan, which is still not always widely
accepted. I feel by being more open about my spiritual beliefs, and
allowing others to ask respectful questions, I am opening a door to allow them
the opportunity to see Wicca as another thread in society’s web of
diversity". I thought it was good, the editor really liked it, and
it got printed in the latest newsletter. I wasn't really sure what kind
of responses I would get. I figured on a bit of stupidity, but I mean come
on we are all adults here, right?
dear gods it's like junior high all over again! Between the ones who are whispering behind my back, to the ones who are now flat out scared of me it is freaking ridiculous. Grow up people, I didn't just announce I sacrifice babies or something! The worst though are the ones who claimed to have known it because they "sensed" it...but they aren't Pagan or Wiccan...Or the ones who have a friend who is Wiccan, and do I know them? You know because we all must know each other...because there aren't like hundreds of thousands of us out there or anything /sarcasm. Or even better..."I know this girl and she wears lots of flowery jewelry and stuff, do you think she's Wiccan? I asked her and she said no, but I don't believe her." Really? How dense can you people really be?
The difference between junior high and now is I can totally laugh at the ignorance of people. I think what makes it even more humorous though is with as much information is available at our fingertips it would take almost no effort for these individuals to become just a tiny bit informed before opening their mouths and sounding like complete dumb asses. At least when a topic comes up that I am not informed enough to discuss I either research first or politely decline to comment. Especially when it concerns something as important as someone's religion.
The thing is not one person has asked me an intelligent question about my beliefs, and I would be more than happy to answer those. So much for promoting a culture of diversity. I think somebody has blinders on to what's really going on around here.