Over at Pagan + Politics the call is for everyone to “out” themselves for the good of the movement or something:
I did notice that those who are in the “come out, come out, where ever you are” camp are becoming more vocal about the need for the majority of us to be more public and open about our faiths. Not that they wish for us to go around saying “Goddess Bless” to everyone while wearing huge Pagan bling, but they do want us to be more unapologetic and matter of fact about our faith. To live our lives in the sunshine, not just by the light of the moon.
What surprises me is the assumption that it’s an all-or-nothing proposition.
In some cases, such as university teaching in some departments, being a faithful follower of any religion brands you as a “anti-intellectual” and a “fanatic,” with a possible exemption for easy-going Reform Jews.
As for family, I have long been “out” to some, while to others I might prefer to say that I just was not the church-going type and preferred to go fishing on Sundays.
And what’s wrong with the light of the moon, anyway?
Youthful black-and-white thinking. Bah, humbug.