On Saturday I was wandering about town with my husband and daughter. We were browsing in a shop when a lady came up to us and asked my husband about his pentagram.
“You’re a Pagan? I am too,” she said as she fished around under her shirt to find her pentagram.
After she proudly displayed her pentagram she then said: “I hate Christians… Pagans were here first.”
To be honest, I was quite taken aback and the conversation came to a quick end.
Wearing a pentagram doesn’t mean it’s OK to share your religious views with total strangers who just so happen to be wearing a pentagram too. Especially when the word ‘hate’ is included.
Hating Christians is such a negative, sweeping statement. Even though my belief system might be more in line with the lady in the shop than with Christians, I found her statement to show an ugliness of character.
You can argue that the Christian church has been less than kind to pagans but it has hardly been understanding and welcoming of other faiths too. Pagans haven’t been exclusively persecuted… we’re in the same group as Muslims, Jews, and any other group that refused to see life differently. But that doesn’t mean that Christians are bad or deserve to be hated.
There are many paths to the Divine and diversity should be something that enriches life.
When you look at history, and even in today’s society, you can see where hate leads. It doesn’t bring understanding or peace – hate leads to bullying and violence.
Belonging to a faith that has been on the receiving end of these hate-inspired actions means, at least for me, seeing past a person’s faith and taking them for who they are at face value. There’s good and bad in every religion.
What do you think? Do Pagans have a right to hate Christians or should we be ‘the bigger person’ and live with open hearts towards different faiths?