Why do people think Paganism is embarrassing?

Have you ever run across the excuse of the family/spouse’s/Child’s religion was an embarrassment? Why would a person’s personal/private spiritual beliefs be an embarrassment to anyone? Paganism or Polytheists usually don’t advertise their beliefs, especially if they believed that doing so could cause them persecution, or harm to themselves or their loved ones.
It seems that more and more people of the monotheistic persuasion are putting false labels on Paganism lately. Some of the terms used are as follows: Delusional, hateful, liars, selfish, and more. It is done to discredit those of us who want nothing to do with the religions Some even go as far as declaring that they would use the fact someone practiced Paganism against them in order to put her in her place. The person, a man, said that she thought she was entitled and therefore better than men. I mean really! We don’t advertise, we prefer to be left alone and we use our abilities to better our lives and the lives of our families and friends. The afore mentioned woman, has many friends who are Christian and is a retailer who sells to pagans, as well as Christians. I am a pagan, and have discussed the bible with a Priest of both the Catholic and Lutheran faiths. Neither of them know what my religious persuasion is, and have never asked. Since my studies cover all belief systems I tend to discuss and know the bible very well…
We pagans know better than to think we are better than anyone else. We do charitable work but never brag about it. We are not all feminists; some of us are mothers, aunts, uncles, fathers and more. We respect life and the right to choose our own path that we wish to walk. We are strong, gentle and kind to others. So next time someone decides that you should not believe as you want, or run your life as it suits you, take a good look at that person. You might find out that he/she is accusing you of exactly what they are.

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Respecting the beliefs of others…

I know this is a rant and sore spot with me. Every chance I get I try to keep posting something about this very subject. Each respective religion from Pagan to Christian to Jew to Muslim and so on, have beliefs that are similar. IE Love and help others. It is when they became organized and people started trying to interpret those beliefs that someone got the bright idea to CONVERT others. Soon it became a knock down drag out fight to see which belief was the TRUE one. They seemed to forget that we have a choice in the matter. You won’t “GO TO HELL” if you don’t convert. That is the popular mantra of the Christians, and if truth be told Christ NEVER forced anyone to follow him. Seems that now the Pagans are picking up on that as well. It use to be you were called to a particular single or group of Deities, now if you don’t believe the was a group or the majority of Pagans believe, you are no more than a pretender or “wannabe.” It is sad that people who think know better than those whose free will they are messing with.