More from the ongoing debate on how paganism should be presented to outsiders and how to deal with all the faiths who don't want to be included in the description "pagan".
This one is making the point that it is her duty to represent all aspects of paganism (whether they want her to or not) when she is the token pagan invited to speak at interfaith events. She also goes on to rehash the boring "which ones are REAL Wiccans" bs, which is a bit of infighting I couldn't care less about - the real conversation is happening in the comment section.
Do you expect anyone who is even tangentially associated with your beliefs to speak about them on your behalf? Should a Baptist be prepared to address the viewpoint of Catholics, Amish and LDS when addressing a group on behalf of the Christian view? When you hear someone speak as a Jew, do you presume they speak for all Christians and Muslims as well? Does one atheist represent all atheists?
The bigger question - when someone who is not of your same faith takes it upon themselves to speak as if they are, are you better served by speaking up and saying they do not speak for you, or just assuming everyone will figure it out?Answer Question
Answer by wendythewriter at 10:17 AM on Apr. 27, 2013
Answer by MamaK88 at 10:30 AM on Apr. 27, 2013
My view is that if you do not belong to that faith you do not have a right to represent them even in the smallest way. A baptist speaking as if they know what there is to know about Catholics is inherently going to represent that faith with at least some or all misconceptions. The same with any faiths, IMO. You just do not have the knowledge of that faith as it is today, even if you were once of that faith or raised that way. Depends on the situation but yes in most cases I think it is better to speak up and say something, even if it is to say that the information is incorrect. Misconception, distrust and suspicion. Frankly our world would be better off if people kept thir mouths shut about things they do not kow, but then humans, especially those with an audience, are more interested in being thought of as the most (insert word) in the group. It is ego.
Answer by Dardenella at 10:47 AM on Apr. 27, 2013
Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:49 AM on Apr. 27, 2013
Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:53 AM on Apr. 27, 2013
Answer by louise2 at 12:14 PM on Apr. 27, 2013
Answer by Ballad at 1:09 PM on Apr. 27, 2013
Answer by Sekirei at 10:05 AM on Apr. 28, 2013
Answer by live.the.life. at 1:24 PM on Apr. 29, 2013
Answer by Fairymom32 at 10:27 AM on May. 3, 2013