This is the text of an email that someone sent me:
“A very fine story. I wish you would drop the
liberal paranoid stuff, as well as the bigoted
narrow-minded anti-Christian bull shit.”
I wonder, is that how Avatar is coming across? I know how I feel about various and sundry going’s on in this country. I’m always dismayed by people who don’t see it. But ya know, Christians have persecuted Pagans for centuries. They still do, calling us devil worshipers and trying to deny us the right to worship as we will. So when someone points out those actions, as I’m doing (occasionally a bit heavy handedly) in Avatar, then I become an Anti-Christian. Well, here’s a news flash for you: I am *very* anti-Christian when it comes to how they’ve trampled the rights of so many people in this country, and how they’re forcing their morals (which, after all we should just accept because they know better, and they’re only trying to help us see the way to Jesus Christ) on us. As for individual Christians? I have nothing against them whatsoever. As long as they live by their beliefs and let me live by mine. I don’t expect them to go Skyclad to their celebrations, and I don’t expect them to tell me I can’t to mine.
And should you think that such discrimination is in the past, think again. I’ve had to deal with it, personally, in the form of very nasty comments, declarations that I am, indeed a devil worshiper (another news flash: Pagans don’t believe in the devil), and yes, I’ve even dealt with discrimination at work — which is why I hide the fact that I’m a Pagan while at work.
As for being a liberal? I guess in some ways I am and in some I’m not. My liberal friends are appalled by some of my political stances, and my conservative friends are appalled by others. If I’m a liberal because I think we’ve fucked up in Iraq then so be it. If I’m a liberal because I think this administration is impinging on certain of my rights, then whatever. Liberals don’t like me much when I talk about the right to carry personal weapons and a strong national defense. Not everyone lives their life defined by which lever they pull in the voting boot.