It’s ironic really… I know that the majority of people that voted for Bush did so out of two things, fear and religion. Well, I realize I voted for Kerry for the same reasons…

I’m pagan, and I fear that with Bush in office for another 4 years, I will lose the right to practice a religion other than christianity, and/or I will suffer physical or mental harm by those who decide that paganism is evil and pagans must be “eliminated”. But it’s not that I think this action will be carried out by the government, I believe it’ll be the actions of the majority of people that voted for him. Pastors in churches preaching it’s a sin not to vote for Bush, authorizing it’s parishioners to steal Kerry signs off people’s lawns because Kerry (and the people that vote for him) are “evil” (my sign was stolen btw, but can’t say for sure by whom). It’s just the beginning folks. Soon there will be Christianity in public schools, “acceptable discrimination” against non-christians in the workplace, the potential list goes on and on. I know most of the Bush supporters reading this will say “Oh really, you’re exaggerating, those things won’t happen”. You’re correct, these things won’t happen… to you…

Churches have been preaching “anything but Christians are sinners” for eons, but I really believe it’ll be different now. I think this will be taken as a “sign from God” and they are now justified to deal with other religions via “other means”.

I believe now I have a choice to make. For a long time I’ve chosen to keep my religion fairly quiet. There’s plenty of people out there that know I’m pagan, but it’s not something that I purposely displayed to the world. But regardless of that, I’ve never felt that I couldn’t practice my religion in my home or with other pagans in a semi-private setting. Now I feel that right will soon be threatened, and if I want to continue practicing as a pagan, I will need to become more open about it, or start hiding it.

Being that I’m a fairly stubborn individual that doesn’t tend to take shit from anyone, I see myself fighting for my rights. But I can’t help but fear for myself and those close to me because of my actions…

We have truly entered the dark ages folks, and for the first time in my life, I am truly terrified to be an American. Yes, this matter of religion scares me more than any terrorist threat, because I believe we will soon be fighting a war at home, a war for our rights.

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