It's never a good sign to see a lengthy post start with a preface, but I feel I need to place one in this instance. Please know, as you read this post, that I am not pointing fingers, and I am not directing my remarks to any specific individuals. This post derived more from a tone I perceived. Yes, this point is MY perception. It may be biased, skewed, erroneous or just plain ignorant, but I feel strongly that it is something I must express.
As I read Grace's thread, I was witness to many things. I saw concerned friends support someone who was in emotional and spiritual pain. I applaud you all for that outpouring of empathy.
I also saw a great deal of disparaging remarks toward Christians. Some were more directive, in that theirs targeted specific sectors of belief. And, I'll be the first to admit that I can understand the difficulty Fundamentalist present. However, a debate of Fundamentalism isn't my purpose. The attitude of intolerance towards a Christian following their beliefs, quite frankly, astounds me. I admit to being fairly new to the forum, but my forays into the Wicca/Religion threads have, in the past, been witness to an air of mutual respect and tolerance for ALL beliefs systems, no matter how distasteful we personally find them. This is very appealing to me, as I enjoy the opportunity to discover the beliefs of others.
Much of what I witnessed in Grace's thread wasn't tolerance. Some of it was downright mean-spirited. If I had posted on this board disparaging remarks about a Wiccan in my family, I would have been immediately flamed for being intolerant.
Much can be said about the persecution of many belief systems at the hands of Christianity, and much of that would be correct. I don't believe that gives one the right to cry 'foul' and spew vitriol in response. Violence (even verbal) breeds violence. Tolerance breeds tolerance.
Having said this, I would like to close with the thought that this experience has taught me much about my own beliefs and convictions as I prepared this post. I wish all of you much happiness and peace in your chosen beliefs. I hope to learn much more from you all.
Thank you for taking the time to read my post and consider my position.
As a result of this, I have decided to start a thread in the blog section about my own spiritual journey. Please feel free to visit, post, or ignore. I only ask that if you did read, please come with an open mind.