well put Connie. One lhp priest said on line that the
world is a hostile work place for non Xtians. But this
is our only 1 avail. Mundanely. So we need to do our
best there but be strong .
> Hello Autumn,
> Thursday, April 5, 2007, 1:20:10 AM, you wrote:
> AZ> I thought this group was safe but I was in two
groups who claim that
> AZ> our religion is equal to that of other
> AZ> Said I have no idea what oppression is and
> AZ> Might I add they were very emotionally abusive.
> AZ> I was shocked.
> Basic human nature is pretty animal-ish. A very
basic element is fear of anything different. We don't
like to admit it, and with time and practice at being
civilized, we have learned to deal with it.. but it is
a very basic survival instinct, and it is still there.
It manifests in many ways, including bias against
others because of the way they believe. We all have
> Get a majority of something gathered up - and that
tendency can come out against a different minority.
Always. About anything.
> So. Are we oppressed? Well, sure.. if one chooses to
feel that way. You can choose the "I'm Pagan (or
female/male, short/tall, *different race*, etc etc)
and I am so oppressed" attitude. Or, not. I choose the
not :-) I believe if all that you look for is the
negative, then that is what you will always see - so
why not (cliche time) take the high road, give the
benefit of the doubt, and keep a positive attitude?
> Of course, looking out for yourself IS important and
if someone is trying to get away with abusing you for
your religion, you need to act... but you do not have
to be a victim. Nor should you be emotionally abused
by those who differ in their opinions with you about
religious bias... if they are hurting you.. you don't
need to accept their opinion... let go, move on, it's
a big world :-)
"How DARE anyone ask someone to DIE for this country and not allow them to be who the truly ARE!!!" Margaret Cho
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