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Poll #4 - Other peoples reactions

What attitudes and behaviors do people usually show towards you because of your religion?

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What attitudes and behaviors do people usually show towards you because of your religion? 1217 responses.>6%
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    Tristan. S Sunday, May 15, 2016, 21:56:29 PDT
    This may be due to the fact that I live in a small town of about 611 people, and am the only Asatru.
    Gangleri Sunday, January 25, 2015, 15:47:06 PST
    Most people don't really take it seriously. They don't mock it (more then I mock their religions) but they don't pretend to truly respect it. They respect me as a person and us all being secularists, it is our own private buisness.
    halen sergey Friday, March 22, 2013, 16:51:01 PDT
    Good day every one. I want to share my testimony to you all which i believe you can still try your best to give a testimony like this so i was married to halen sergey at first will both love each other but short time he started a new behavior which i cannot even explain to any one then i keep it to my self hopping one day he will change for good no way he did not change so i was in pain every day don't no what to do on till one day when a friend of mine visited me in my office she met me crying then she was asking me what is going on i try to be cam but i could not then i open up to her telling me there is a way out which i will do before he left me with my kids i look up and not knowing what to do then i ask her to tell me. shortly she open up to me and say there is a man called SAMURA he is a spirit man he can do it with in three days then i look an said okay i will try my best to contact him four days later, my husband did not come home i called his phone switch off then i try my possible best i did not hear from him so i began to look for one way for a help so i remember my friend told me about one man call SAMURA i quickly run to my friend asking her if she still have samura contact then she gave it to me that was how i contacted this great man of spirit he did it for me so quick so now i can now control my husband in any thing even i can tell him that i don't want him outside today he will not. Now i have a happy family so via email SAMURATELLERSPELL100@YAHOO.COM or +2347030410643 he will do it for you as he did for me halen sergey
    Spence the Elder Monday, January 21, 2013, 12:27:32 PST
    Everything from indifference to Illegal harassment, vandalism and violence. Although, after taking a stand and firing a few rounds off the vandalism has stopped. We still get cast out on occasion.
    Vanlandinghale Monday, November 28, 2011, 05:37:55 PST
    Predominately christian and catholic community. Anything that doesn't worship Jesus and God, are sins and looked down upon. Some are tolerant, and don't really care, for they judge me by character, not by faith. I enjoy the constant "You're going to hell" speeches. Funny that I can't be sent to what I don't believe in.
    Agnar Sunday, December 12, 2010, 23:45:49 PST
    Haha. My wife is christian, but she's smart enough to not let religion get in the way. Been happy thus far. Most people don't really say anything about it and some have become asatru with me.
    Ted K Bain Thursday, April 01, 2010, 18:29:43 PDT
    I have hidden my family's ancestral faith for nearly forty years, as I was instructed by my grandfather. I am still uneasy about the Abrahamic faiths propensity for bloodshed. I am interested in finding others locally and don't know where to beging.
    Motul Friday, December 04, 2009, 14:22:08 PST
    I can tell you this, when the crap is about to hit the fan in an ensuing fire fight, and they hear you call down the gods of war and stand firm and furious, others are glad you are there and on their side, even the Christians. Heil the honorable dead!
    Mel Friday, February 27, 2009, 09:07:48 PST
    I suppose I am met with a form of disapproval - mostly it is a reaction that is not outright laughter, but with the same sentiment behind it.
    Moriah Tuesday, November 25, 2008, 16:33:02 PST
    I have been damned to hell by a random stranger one day at the gym when she saw my pendant. Talk about bizarre! I just laughed it off and went to a different Stairmaster. Teachers at my high school have also said unenlightened and downright cruel things about Paganism in general. Dude, I have some stories to tell about the discrimanation I've faced! One of my employers even attempted to fire me. (I quit before the jackass did that, though!) I'd love to talk to other Heathens about anything at all! E-mail me:
    Doug Freyburger Sunday, June 08, 2008, 07:37:10 PDT
    Back in 2003 I wrote an entry. It's time for an update. What I wrote was this: "If I live my life well enough that people will look into my religion simply because I've made so many good choices in everything else and religion is just another of my choices, then I can be proud of how I have lived. That's my goal. I don't bat 1000, but I do well enough to be happy with my progress. There's always room for improvement." It's still true and folks from outside of Asatru tend to have a positive reaction because they know me and my actions. But over the years I've come to realize there's another side of the coin. Folks within Asatru make all sorts of false and intolerant statements and reactions. I've been falsely accused of being a Nazi and all manner of other nonsense by people who are supposed to know better who call themselves Asatru or heathen or whatever. On the one hand I don't have a problem writing off individuals who do this. On the other hand it sets our current group orlog pointing in a terrible direction. Very sad.
    odwinn wulframsson Wednesday, May 07, 2008, 17:10:58 PDT
    people who know me know. others who know me somwhat. think i wear my hammer as part of my living history costume or kit. i am lucky to be in a somwhat accepting place.
    Redwolf Colbeyson Wednesday, April 09, 2008, 15:33:21 PDT
    I am a true Einherar, I wear the Valknut proudly awaiting my calling from the allfather. Please feel free to visit me on my space www.myspace/RedwolfColbeyson I feel I can reach those who choose to learn the ways of the Allfather and those who seek the knowledge of the runes, well that is a goal you have to find within yourself, all I can do is help
    Randgrith Halfdansdottir Sunday, November 04, 2007, 09:38:29 PST
    Confusion should be an option. Even after an explantation most people are so indoctrinated into a monotheistic tradition they still look at me like I'm explaining quantum physics.
    Raziel Eld'gereth Friday, October 26, 2007, 15:04:17 PDT
    in my school, the children r very dis respectful!! they mock my faith when they ask and no one seems to understand.i drew a picture of Baldr's Dod for art class and the teacher actually liked it!!! i care not what others say!
    leowulf88 Saturday, September 15, 2007, 20:27:07 PDT
    People who have only been subject to Xtianity are so naive.
    Redwolf Colbyson Thursday, August 02, 2007, 20:05:36 PDT
    I am of the true Einherar,one of the Allfathers chosen warriors I wear the Valknut Proudly
    Flametresses Tuesday, July 10, 2007, 05:56:37 PDT
    As I stated in another poll, most people just don't get it. I have occasionally been called a "Nazi" and threatened (by members of the Nazerene Cult) but for the most part I think people don't care one way or another.
    wrhscucrks Tuesday, July 03, 2007, 08:28:22 PDT
    Hello! Good Site! Thanks you! ddntdjvqurgcsh
    Jack Cordial Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 16:04:40 PDT
    I am Asatruar, and immensely proud of it. I don't however, go around shoving it down people's throats like some other religious practicioners. I wear my Thor's hammer under my shirt, around my neck so it's always against my chest as a reminder to be more like the gods; to be strong, honest, wise and charitable, and as a subtle sign of my religion. Sometimes, people see it, and occasionally ask about it, and most often, they seem interested, because they don't think anyone still worships our gods/esses anymore. I was extremely fortunate to date a girl who is a Christian, but is very accepting of my religion, and even went out and did more research about it after I told her I was Asatruar. I was horribly nervous that she would break up with me when she found out, but it seems the Norns had other plans! She acknowledges I'm not christian, but says she doesn't care; she can't imagine being happier with anyone else, regardless of their belief system. My family knows, but my mom and sister think it's very weird, and my dad doesn't seem to mind; he jokes about it more than anyone. None of them are particularly devout christians, though my mom is probably the most hardline member of the family. Both parents went to catholic school, but none of us go to church, though my younger sister seems to want to more than anyone.
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    art hazell Thursday, May 03, 2007, 15:15:13 PDT
    as long as you are tru and honorable .and intelligent with the information you give people .i find reactions are usually very positive .but hey if a skraeling disrepects the the faith or the folk then heilsa odhinn .i am not afraid of valhol
    Anders Froststrom Tuesday, April 03, 2007, 14:22:57 PDT
    I agree with Anonymous.Unfortunately, where I live, there are few, if any, pagans. I also feel your pain and feel sorry for you because the same has happened to me before. My family doesn't understand as THEY are xists. I wouldn't say that "I'll kill you with magic", though. I tried that once and they tried to turn the tables on me. If they threaten you, don't hesitate to ask the Gods to strike back! They are your best friends.
    Akiyo Sunday, March 18, 2007, 14:02:25 PDT
    i sorry about my not good english skills i am still lerning
    Akiyo Sunday, March 18, 2007, 14:01:30 PDT
    i am pagan and peple acept that. i am japanese and i hav just herd of paganism on the internet and ther arant many christians here in japan and my parents and most friends are shintoists and i still visit shinto shrines because shinto respects nature unlike christians.
    Anonymous Sunday, March 18, 2007, 03:47:50 PDT
    if anyone preached to me or was violent, i would just say "i am a witch and i will kill you with magic!" to scare the xists away(and give them nightmeres!) i have been discriminated and have threatened to burn a church down and hang the minister.
    Anonymous Sunday, March 18, 2007, 03:42:51 PDT
    sorry i want to also say that some people are less open minded to me as i am to them, i have a short fuse with fanatical xists and other, i mainly talk to people with pagan/polytheist faiths because they are more open-minded and sometimes go through the same problems
    Anonymous Sunday, March 18, 2007, 03:38:10 PDT
    a dont want to give my name so i am under anonymous. people in my family dont care, my friends and other relatives dont know because i worry about what they might think, i have been discriminated when i said to a preachy christian that pagans dont worship satan and some of my family are a bit ignorant of it, like my little brother.
    Anders Froststrom Tuesday, February 27, 2007, 12:39:24 PST
    My family is Christian and I respect their religion. Unfortunately, they don't show me the same courtesy. Neither do some of my friends, although some have respect toward it. I am met most of the time with strong intolerance. I'm surprised things haven't yet turned violent. It's hard to be a teenager and be different from your peers and family.
    Andrew Sunday, February 25, 2007, 22:35:04 PST
    My mom and sister find some of my beliefs to be "out there" and my mom has laughed at me on several occasions about how funny the icelandic words are among other things. My friends don't really care what I believe in and other people I tell think it's a little strange, but don't really seem to mind.
    Nyx Wednesday, December 20, 2006, 01:43:27 PST
    Where is the "all of the above" button? :)
    Lyra Logan Saturday, October 21, 2006, 01:49:04 PDT
    Most people are open minded or ignorant enough to ask for more information, and I'm glad to give it. Most of the time I just give a very basic look though, and many are fine with it. However, I have met those that lecture me about the sins of holding 'false gods' and such, to those who would look at me like I'm insane. Oh well, I'm not going to be any less proud because of the oppinions of others.
    bianca scott Tuesday, October 10, 2006, 06:54:42 PDT
    Jan Gerstner Wednesday, September 27, 2006, 14:22:07 PDT
    Usually I get polite disbelief, because I am ready to fight, and can do so to the great pain of Christianists. I don't like losing friends or potential friends, so I no longer push it. I explain myself fully and drop it. Usually, they do too, nowadays. The occassional Christianist finds his/her ears blistered.
    Andru Friday, August 04, 2006, 15:00:59 PDT
    M.S. Cocherl Tuesday, June 27, 2006, 20:23:40 PDT
    Bad question/answers. In general there is no general. I have been greeted by d. "all the above". While I don't hide my faith, I don't buy billbord space either. M.S. Cocherl SFC, USA (RET)
    christopher Sunday, April 23, 2006, 17:05:29 PDT
    Usually, strange looks and total nonunderstanding. On the other hand where I live (Byron Bay) people often have strange, confused looks.
    Sunday, March 19, 2006, 11:26:17 PST
    Most people that I have told tend to range between indifference to disapproval flavored with a hint of condescending patronization as if Asatru is a silly belief that is dead.
    Ragnar Benaulrin Sunday, March 12, 2006, 06:42:53 PST
    Most people do not belive me
    landon Wednesday, March 08, 2006, 18:19:28 PST
    what up
    Gudrun Gulltopp Wednesday, February 15, 2006, 13:27:36 PST
    I get laughter when I say I'm Heathen.
    Tuesday, February 14, 2006, 19:42:05 PST

    Sif Tuesday, February 07, 2006, 03:44:35 PST
    I´m just checking out the page, as part of the asa-tru community in Denmark, and I find this pole interesting. Asa-tru people dont generally care what other people think of them, and I cant really thicker out, if this is a "What-do-people-think-of-me-pole" or if it is a "what-can-we-change-to-a-more-positive-reaction-pole". Either way, I have stated my vote. I rarely meet anything but interest when I reveal my faith, although sometimes I also meet disbelief and to some extend redicoul, but most people are open to my faith, especially when I explain that it is outside the Asa-tru to preach to those, who does not seek information themselves. It is very popular, when one dose not feel a neet to turn people around to a specifik religion.
    Loki Thursday, December 08, 2005, 12:23:29 PST
    in a way ive had gotten all of these responces (short of violence).
    Justin Monday, November 28, 2005, 12:24:51 PST
    I am fairly new to the Asatru religion, I have however been a pagan for some amount of years and have found with few exceptions that i get mostly acceptance or indifferance although i have been in a fight or two with some good little christians just really depends on the people you let know, i normally don't go out and flaunt it but don't hide it when asked
    Amy Thursday, October 06, 2005, 19:15:41 PDT
    Most people I know, including the minister from the church I grew up in, and the Jehovah's Witnesses at my door just are interested in learning more because they see it as a religion they haven't heard of before. This too I think is an advantage in using the word Asatru instead of Heathen. You tell most Christians you're a Heathen they think you're just being flippant.
    ouba Friday, August 12, 2005, 23:38:52 PDT

    Deor Friday, August 12, 2005, 07:02:04 PDT
    Hmm, some fun here. At Uni, when peers found out my religion, I was banned from using the phone, living room or kitchen! If I was preparing food or drink, my flatmates would pour it down the sink!!! When important phonecalls were received for me, they would tell the caller that they had the wrong number. I was reported to the Student's Union for 'worshipping the devil' and all sorts of other rubbish and nearly lost my presidency of the University Rock Society because of it! Now I'm a primary school teacher, and if anyone found out what my religion was, I would lose my job. Still, our ancestors had it worse! At least no-one's tried to put me to death yet!!!
    Bob Trapp Tuesday, July 19, 2005, 21:36:24 PDT
    I don;'t usually go out of my way to tell people till I know them well enough, though I'l be honest if asked. My procedure is to earn enough respect so that the other person will be very tolerent even if they aren't interested.
    Erl;yk Saturday, June 04, 2005, 10:05:22 PDT
    I have never really been in the situation to identify myself as Asatru. However I would understand someones disbelief in my growing affinity. I have always been someone who searched for and gained knowledge. Even in norse theology I do so. I memorize facts about EVERYTHING that most do not understand why, but for some reason a reason I cannot fully explain I AM ASATRU. To me so many things seem so right to me so many things "belong" to me. I do not know my ancestral heritage. I was adopted at nine and taken away from my birth mother at seven. I was beaten with a board I was made to dig my own grave I was made to play father AND mother to my younger siblings for thirteen years of my life. I know survival I know compassion i know heart and valor. I do not hold these facts of my own life against others but I do try to use them as encouragement to others to be better then they think they are. Yes I am following an old "dead" religion. My gods were prophesized to die. I know this and love this and fight for this. I do not follow them fully regardless. Modi and Magni are my personification. I know not fully why....only that it seems right. As a side note to the belief in Asatru I am NOT IN ANY WAY racist. I love all humanities races and yet I believe they are different and this is why I love them. Does that make sense? If not @#$^ off!! I am not large of height stature. NO one inflames me however. I am what I am and nothing more or less. I am Asatru. The more I read and know the more I find this fact. Erlyk Dalkien (I know my name is not Asatru but it is the name my brothers bestowed upon me and was created of me without my knowledge or theirs)
    Justin Friday, June 03, 2005, 12:58:14 PDT
    This answer depends on the person...some are interested, some illegally discriminate towards me...but mostly i think i get polite disapproval...oh well...
    Monday, May 30, 2005, 06:53:45 PDT

    Vincent Rera Wednesday, May 18, 2005, 18:57:28 PDT
    I live in the bible belt-people think that my faith in Asatru is barbaric-they act very scared toward's me-I tell these people that my 9 noble virtue's are real and awesome and that I stand by them everyday to uphold decentcy and not be a hypocritical infidel...
    Kafic Tuesday, May 10, 2005, 17:11:30 PDT
    Most peeople i come across and have to put up with weekly will use everything anything about me against me. Though i doubt that it they really have a clue, it's just what they do. I mean you can be a terrific person, they'll find one thing to try and get in your way
    Wolf Thursday, May 05, 2005, 07:30:43 PDT
    Best they dont try violence, or they will lern where my hammer hangs.
    Englewolf Friday, April 22, 2005, 09:31:53 PDT
    Most just say they have never heard of it. What surprises me most is the number people I have met that claim to be Pagan that say they have never heard of Asatru.
    Rik Pfaelzer Thursday, April 14, 2005, 13:16:38 PDT
    No one has ever shown me any bad will for what I am.
    James Stonehouse Thursday, March 17, 2005, 21:04:26 PST
    I've seldom had any trouble, but NZ is a pretty secular society and we generally just let people get on with it!
    Craig Sunday, February 06, 2005, 17:32:49 PST
    My religion isn't something that really ever comes up, but the few people I've discussed it with have been pretty receptive to it. It's not a coincidence that I don't bring it up with people who would react badly; why bother? It's none of their business.
    Bob Trapp Saturday, February 05, 2005, 19:56:05 PST
    How I tell people depends on what I know of them. For some I just tell them that I belong to an old, traditional Northern European church that puts emphasis on hard work. For others, I tell them that I'm Asatru and let them ask for as much clarification as they want. It usually only comes up when people ask what I'm doing for some holiday or other. They ask, "What are you doing for Christmas?" I answer, "Not much." They ask, "Why not?" I say, "It's more 0of a Christian holiday." After a puzzled stare, they decide whether to ask more.
    Axel Sunday, January 02, 2005, 20:52:34 PST
    OLUKU Sunday, November 14, 2004, 10:44:33 PST
    drage Thursday, November 04, 2004, 11:37:34 PST
    most don't understand and don't care
    Markward Gillarson Wednesday, October 20, 2004, 14:29:08 PDT
    I get acceptance or encouragement and support... But I didn't tell to my family about my beliefs... My girlfriend is aware of it... A little bit... But she's really respectful!
    Atle Saturday, October 09, 2004, 07:09:11 PDT
    I believe religion should be practiced with respect for the land and its people. Åsatru has its place where it has survived persecution since 1030 and later. Åsatru is a religion that should only be practiced in Germanic areas: Northern Europe (Northern Germany, South-Holland/North-Flanders is the southern border, Greenland the western border and Irkutsk the Eastern border, South-Finnamrk the Northen border). In America, the spirit world is handled by medicine men. If you want contact with that world, you need to find a medicine man, doing seid on American soil is spitting on the entire continent. In the North, the Saami take care of this, a Norwegian will get a Saami shaman to interact with the spirits, the North is Saami land. One of the greatest things about Åsatru is the respect (vyrdnad) is shows for the local customs and local medicine men or shamans. Atle
    Falcon Thursday, September 23, 2004, 03:20:13 PDT
    A classmate recently found out I am Asatruar and promply invited me to a pagan festival she is throwing for her son's coming of age party.I am not sure which branch of paganism she or her friends subscribes to, but it will be my first of the kind. I am excited about finally meeting others of like mind. By the way, why is it that those who are Christians and post their opinions on this site can't spell for crap?
    bobbie Sunday, September 19, 2004, 19:22:54 PDT
    i was scared and frightened! i wanna die
    JANNES MAE Saturday, September 18, 2004, 23:50:54 PDT
    meliisa Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 02:09:50 PDT
    for those who dont believe in god where do u think u came from , A BIG BANG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    sarah Tuesday, August 31, 2004, 02:06:57 PDT
    i think religion is a stron topic but every religion has a truthness i am muslim and i always am willing to learn about other peoples religion but when it cums to them learning about mine they dont even want to know or try to debate with me what is this world cuming to do u have to revolve everything about religion and violence. get over it and start living life.
    Melanie-astrid Freyja-idhunn ragfreyhar Tuesday, August 03, 2004, 22:33:43 PDT
    all my friends are now asatru, and a few ex jahovas witnesses.
    PETRA SANCHEZ Wednesday, July 21, 2004, 10:51:54 PDT
    Shadowfox13 Monday, July 12, 2004, 22:55:48 PDT
    In general terms, I am of a pagan leaning with strong interest in Wicca and Shamanisim. Which god/dess(es)? *shrug* I simply think in terms of Lord and Lady. Most xtians I know (mother included) are either politely disapproving to "I will pray for you." attitude, though I could care less (I do live in California *heh*). Ancestorally, I am half filipino, one quarter Czechloslovakian and one quarter French-Canadian, an amalgam of cultures and I respect all cultures and beliefs. On Christianity, has one noticed that they cry all the time, saying they are persecuted by the world and what do they do in turn but claim only their faith right and all the rest wrong and set about to persecute others. Historically speaking, the burning of so called witches. One must remember that the history of the bible was written by a nomadic group of peoples that did what many other patriarchal cultures did, go out, slaughter and conquer other peoples, mostly for land and what not. True Rome did persecute them but then they should have known better and refrained from making the same mistake. Instead they took lessons learned and turned it to their own uses as a means of trying to control other people's lives. And here I will quit my lecture. *LOL* Sorry people. :) I've not aquainted myself with Asaturu but I did once have a book on Odinism and one on a Nordic form of Female Shamanism. I wouldn't mind learning more about it.
    Alex the brand-new "convert" Wednesday, March 24, 2004, 07:02:13 PST
    What I had found mostly is indeference to my beliefs. I live in a latin country & so people have generally an strong catholic upbringing. I'm always discussing with my mother about religion but I won't tell her than I'm an Asatruar. She knows I'm a Buddhist & I told her that I use the runes as an aid to meditate. I had also told her that I will carve soon my own runes. She seems to have no problem but because she 's catholic I don't want to stir up the situation to a critical point. My brother accepts my belief and I comment him everything I know about different religions. I differ from the standard heathen view of discarding everything christian. I recognize the saints as a contrivance to eliminate ancient (Greco-Roman, Germanic, Celtic, etc.)deities & cults. However, I consider than Jesus was either the son of Yahweh or his prophet, & than Mary probably became the spouse of Yahweh (she was deified). I then discard the universality of christianity. I know this statement is more controversial that saying that I simply don't believe. It's very funny though than in my country there are various kinds of religious syncreticism (especially Santeria) & that it seems so weird to be a heathen. I really feel alone in my faith because even if I don't have harsh reactions around me, I feel somewhat demoralized that no one really knows about Asatru. I carry a Thor hammer necklace as a symbol of my faith nowadays. If anyone want to talk with me send a post to { } (the "666" in the address is a joke, I'm not a satanist). Friday, March 19, 2004, 12:09:47 PST
    where in the bible does it say when you die you go immediately to heaven. can someone answer this for me please
    Hammer Skald Thursday, March 18, 2004, 08:24:18 PST
    I think once they realize that I honestly don't have a concern of their opinions of my religion, they don't show any reaction to it. <p> But those who do ask about it often want to know more about it, if only to educate themselves or see where I'm coming from.
    ron peterson Tuesday, February 24, 2004, 11:02:11 PST
    i have had several reactions from the latins i have been threatened ( i wear my hair very short ) from most in general that ask me i think they are accepting that maybe i am but they dont dismiss me my friends accept openly without reservation that it may be my path an openly discuss it
    Arvid Saturday, February 07, 2004, 11:31:48 PST
    Christians are generally pretty obsessed with their Abrahamist beliefs and tend to proselytize overtly or subtly. However, in general they are always polite as they want to get more people to their flock. Interestingly the only ones I have seen to be perfectly in tune with our believes are the Hindus. I believe ultimately there may be a loose coalition of all surviving diverse pagan denominations of the world because of certain basic philosophical commonality despite procedural differences.
    sean Saturday, January 31, 2004, 13:22:39 PST
    dont try to interest peaple in odinism.DO NOT POLUTE THEWAY OF OUR ANCESTORS. i see so many would be asatruar dishonor and weaken our kith and kin.
    pearl Monday, January 19, 2004, 05:30:44 PST
    I love god & i believed .... thank uuuuu.
    Manavitnir Thursday, January 15, 2004, 12:06:30 PST
    I seek Asatruari folk in my area, People confuse me with Satanism but my comment to them is that Satan did not exist until the christians brought him to be. 1617 Jefferson st Apt#1,Anderson, IN 46016
    Thomas Altamont Friday, January 09, 2004, 10:34:07 PST
    Most people act as though I am aligned to some antiquated and absurd religious belief system. They envision that I am uneducated and ignorant, and that their Middle Eastern-based dogma can save me. I am fortunate that people about whose opinions I care are indifferent, and not pretentious like the former group.
    John T Mainer Thursday, December 25, 2003, 16:26:19 PST
    When you live true to your beleifs, those who have come to know you will find it hard to seperate their oppinion on your faith from that of your life. The best testimony to the worth of any religion is the lives of its followers.
    Leif Friday, December 05, 2003, 08:22:15 PST
    Im probably very luck to a) have pagan parents and b) live in Minnesota, land of the Swedes. Most people who know me out side of work know, and either don't care or are ok with it.
    freya holmgaard Thursday, November 20, 2003, 14:23:54 PST
    humm most piople dont know
    lou Sunday, November 09, 2003, 05:37:41 PST
    closed minds. to many sheep," follow the leader and all else is bad"
    Chad in NV Sunday, October 19, 2003, 16:34:07 PDT
    I must say I'm surprised but happy to see how the results of this poll are shaping up so far! One of the most interesting friendships I've struck up is with a coworker who is a literalist Christian. I've always viewed all culture's myths, our own included, as allegorical. So, since we can "agree to disagree" and not try to convert each other, we have some pretty interesting conversations. Ironically, the things from Judeo-Christian lore that I see (allegorically) as supporting my cultural link to Asatru are to him literal events and thus support his view. Go figure!
    Brynhild Dragonseer Thursday, October 16, 2003, 20:36:15 PDT
    I'm not so certain the people I tell know HOW to react.
    Goði Frank P. Coleman Tuesday, September 30, 2003, 09:18:29 PDT
    Most people I associate with are kind enough to be polite and tolerant, but are at least honest enough to express thier disapproval. Those who are any less than civil are quickly delt with in an appropraite non-violent and usually formal legal manner. Some, especially (other) minority religions are quite respectful regardless of their knowledge or opinions...
    ~nOt TeLLiNg YoU~ Thursday, August 28, 2003, 01:14:44 PDT
    sarah Thursday, August 28, 2003, 01:12:48 PDT
    i strongly believe in god and dissaprove in many violent ways sometimes when people disagree with god! most people now realise they have to agree with me! so, yes people always agree with me!
    Paxson Lowenhart Wednesday, August 27, 2003, 00:20:19 PDT
    I should clarify this be saying that those who "politely" disaprove are usually narrow minded bigots i.e., my birth family. But my pagan friends could care less!
    Jennifer Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 04:14:56 PDT
    You can get good Thor's hammers here: But I ordered mine here: they have a great selection, and I just love it! It's the second one down on the page called the "Raven Hammer". Mine is made out of Sterling silver, but they also have them in gold and bronze and with or without a precious stone. This is for those who said they were interested in getting a Thor's hammer. You can also go to and do a search on Thors hammers, and you will get a lot of stores in your results that sell them.
    Wednesday, August 20, 2003, 03:54:40 PDT
    I do not right out tell people, I am an Asatruer, or anything like that. I simply wear my Thor's hammer, and express my intrests in everything it involves. I know my family would react badly, so I don't tell them, but I do let them see my books, so they should know by now. My English teacher had us do a resaerch paper, and I said I would do mine about the Icelandic Sagas, she said it should be interesting and she looks forward to it. My husband is interested in the Gods but he doesn't believe in them. i was at that level about a year ago, but after Odin and Thor came to me in a dream/vision, and told me a bit about my future, I will never believe anything else.
    Doug Freyburger Thursday, August 07, 2003, 14:52:01 PDT
    If I live my life well enough that people will look into my religion simply because I've made so many good choices in everything else and religion is just another of my choices, then I can be proud of how I have lived. That's my goal. I don't bat 1000, but I do well enough to be happy with my progress. There's always room for improvement.
    jeff roberts Monday, July 07, 2003, 15:06:39 PDT
    mostly i got no reaction. or silent aceptance. i was told reacently by one of my non-pagan friends that he apresated i did try and shove my religion down his throat. the was some of our other friends that pratice alternitive religions
    irrelevant Sunday, June 29, 2003, 10:22:26 PDT
    I've only told close family, and my children. My children are ambivalent except my son who somehow turned out christian. I had an Uncle (the only one I ever share my life with) who was initially skeptical but who now understands I'm not one of the nuts.
    Morgana Thursday, June 26, 2003, 17:59:05 PDT
    I'm very lucky to be born and raised in Iceland. there is probably more religious tolerence here than anywhere else in the world!!!
    Notha Friday, June 20, 2003, 17:13:14 PDT
    well ive had the same exspieriences with xtians. they try to say that our religion doesent make sence! hahaa. luckly, my husband and i both have deep rooted ancestor worship. both being northern european. suprisingly, americans ARE NOT tolerent to this.
    Krie Thursday, June 12, 2003, 02:04:20 PDT
    Most people, when I tell them I'm a Heathen, are like, "Um, I've never heard of that. What is it?" Then, when I explain it to them (in simplified terms, of course), their reaction is mostly "Whatever." Although yesterday I was trying to explain my faith to a coworker, who is Christian, and she told me, after I got done explaining Asatru, she told me, "Keep in mind that Jesus died for you and that God loves you." And I was like, did I NOT just finish explaining to you that I don't believe that? Good grief, some people are just dense. Unfortunately, I can't wear my Mjolnir necklace because I'm allergic to the metal in it (I think I'll buy one with a leather or nickel-free chain, since I'm allergic to nickel), but when I had my old car I hung it on my rear view mirror. I have the noble virtues written on a post-it note that I put on the monitor of my computer at work, just for my own personal reminder of what I'm living my life by. Other people's reactions include: polite interest, dismissal because it sounds like fluff to them, or being told in so many words that it's not a real religion. My husband, who's Catholic, just doesn't get it, even though I've tried explaining what exactly I believe in. Some people, I swear...
    Joe Tuesday, June 03, 2003, 14:30:30 PDT
    The most common reaction I've seen is not being taken seriously.
    blue Monday, June 02, 2003, 19:16:34 PDT
    Before they know my beliefs they know me VERY well, so it really isn't a supprise.
    Seth Thursday, May 22, 2003, 17:15:46 PDT
    Polite Disapproval is the most common. I get the worst reaction from my parents. When I told my friend Doug about it, he was very interested. Now he himself is Heathen! We do blots together!
    glenn Thursday, April 17, 2003, 11:15:53 PDT
    In this day and age of religious confusion being a Christian is looked upon as being a) stupid b) intolerent c)confused d) laughable e) just plain nuts. I respect others decisions regarding religion. It is a matter between them and God. I find people are more tolerant towards almost every belief EXCEPT Christianty. Which proves to me I am on the right path. Satan hates the truth and will attack it by all means possible. Don't you think it's strange that all of these spirit guides that people invoke praise all other religions as valid EXCEPT Christianty? Odd, don't ya think?
    Carlos Friday, April 11, 2003, 18:32:20 PDT
    Most Christians around find Asatru as "just another blasphemy" taken out from "weird" minds. I just do not care at all what others want to think about my beliefs. I live by my deeds and could not care less about negative reactions.
    Nattefrost Wednesday, April 02, 2003, 01:09:23 PST
    It depends. Some of my friends are really interested in this nordic mythology, religion and so on, and they go on asking me questions onn it; my family does not know too much about Asatro, they only know that "I am interested in Scandinavian mythology and languages"...
    Heather Friday, March 14, 2003, 13:18:57 PST
    I have never had anyone be civil about my religion. Christians are suppose to be forgiving and excepting... bullocks, theyre the most intolerant and violent! The Romans had the right idea, they need to be fed to the lions. Im no hippy revival luv happy new age wiccan, im a 'pagan survivalist' as my friends call me. I learn the ways of the ancient ones. I think pagans today are to nice to Christians, but i will say that i am sorry if any pagans reading this are offended.
    Anne Friday, March 14, 2003, 10:29:35 PST
    I suppose it all depends on who you tell and what kind of person they are. The UK is a very secular country and most people avoid religion and religious discussion. Oddly, I get more interest and better reactions out of Hindus and Muslims who are fascinated by it.
    Skallagrim Walker Saturday, February 08, 2003, 13:07:51 PST
    You forgot to list "fear"--although it is likely a contributing factor to last three or four listed reactions above. I live in an area in Eastern Ontario that resembles somewhat the U.S. "Bible-belt," so I make sure to wear my Mjollnir amulet openly at all times. The local zealots stopped bothering me when I issued an explanation of the term "Holmgang"--followed by an invitation.
    Volrath Monday, January 20, 2003, 16:23:49 PST
    Most of the people I tell, are usually highly intelligent people.And this region of Missouri is densly populated by Germanic peoples. Often they like to hear of their ancestors gods.
    Moe Friday, December 27, 2002, 10:30:09 PST
    When I first converted I told no one for about three months. Then a friend of 7 years stumbled across my library of Eddas and other Asutru books. She immediatly opened the closest book and read the first page. She then told me that she was happy that I had found something that I could believe in.
    Tyrulf Thursday, November 28, 2002, 21:42:23 PST
    Most folk just think I'm slightly nuts though I usually get a few questions regarding our beliefs. More out of polite curiosity than actual interest. Though the topknot I wear does get me funny looks and some supposed insults. I wear it due to an oath I made to Tyr 4 years ago.
    brandon Monday, October 21, 2002, 00:19:43 PDT
    i am currently a christian, but a very open minded person. almost a "hippi" attitude, "Mako love not war," and kindof want to know more about this group of religions. and i think people who give any reaction other than encouragement, intrest, acceptance, or no reaction are assholes. polite dissaproval is ok i guess, but it shows how closeminded a person is. if you want to send me any more information feel free to do so
    JerryBear Sunday, October 20, 2002, 00:31:20 PDT
    My family has a very strong atheist tradition going way back. I had an ancestor when he was over a 100 years old tell a Baptist minister that the Bible was "a pack of lies from the first page to the last!" They find it inconcievable that somebody they regard as highly intelligent and scientific could possibly seriously believe in some form of Paganism, so my faith is politely ignored as a personal eccentricity. Trying to describe spiritual awareness to an atheist is like trying to describe the color purple to someone who has been blind from birth. It is a complete waste of time
    Lou Levesque Thursday, October 03, 2002, 19:55:31 PDT
    Interestingly, the majority of my friends are Wiccans of one stripem or another, and they are supportive of my beliefs, as are my parents, who have accepted that my convictions are just that - convictions, and not some cult b.s. On the other hand, I have faced open hostility in the ranks of the U.S. Army, particularly evident in my current unit.
    Roger Of Bothell Washington Monday, September 23, 2002, 03:19:38 PDT
    I subscribe to NO religion. It's a waste of time and energy. The Bible is a great novel because it contains all the elements necessary to be a great novel. Good guys...bad guys...fantasy...adventure and all of that. But...there is one thing that is seriously lacking in the Bible and that's the TRUTH! Most, if not all the fables in the Bible are exactly that...FABLES! A "God" or "Gods" only exist in Folklore, Fantasy and Fairytales. In reality they do not exist! The Bible is full of fictional characters. Adam & Eve...Jesus...Moses...and a few others. These people never existed in real life. Sorry folks, but that's the truth! I believe in freedoms. So...if you wish to believe in all of that biblical nonsence...go for it! I'll stick with reality!
    yulfa of Saturday, August 24, 2002, 11:30:34 PDT
    most times i find myself in the depth of sorrow.our kinsmen have lost knowlege of who they are,of whats important.they place selfworth on monitary gain rather than honor.honor was never sold for gold.thats the legasy left us via the roman conquest and the infecion of the mid.east relion.i will meet polite indifference with as much education as possible,and will always hold honor above all eles.only the honorable enter valhala!!!
    svartalfar Monday, August 12, 2002, 00:30:19 PDT
    Sadly, I work for the federal government (USA) and I have experienced both discrimination and harassment. Coworkers can display their crosses, but I could not display the Hammer of Thor. I have been harrassed and spat upon, degraded even by other pagans, and called a racist (which is untrue) to my face. I often flee to the openmindedness of Buddhists for companionship when I cannot find kin.
    Þes Thursday, July 25, 2002, 09:54:15 PDT
    Often people think its silly or absurd when I actually DO tell them, but most of those people have believed for most of their lives the silly idea that a God who orders his people to kill Philistines is "good".
    Navik Tuesday, July 23, 2002, 06:47:34 PDT
    Never really had a family doesn't know, they're not the most tolerant people out there. My friends are quite accepting, though. It's always nice to have a diverse group of friends.
    herman Saturday, July 13, 2002, 20:09:28 PDT
    most of my friend say "to each his own" although my boss likes to call me a nazi-satanist as a joke
    herman Saturday, July 13, 2002, 20:09:10 PDT
    most of my friend say "to each his own" although my boss likes to call me a nazi-satanist as a joke
    Freyr Robertsson Friday, June 21, 2002, 12:28:42 PDT
    The couple of people I have told were accepting of the fact.
    Val Tuesday, May 14, 2002, 01:28:56
    Usually think I'm a dangerous white power, nazi, anti-Semite, skinhead. Or a Satantist....
    John Monday, May 06, 2002, 20:01:49
    Personally I find a lot of disapproval and lecturing from anyone who finds out. I mean, going to a Jesuit school among a lot of the so called "charismatic christians" makes it very hard for me, but what really gets to me is their immediate idea that I have no idea about religion at all, or that I've never been educated in catholicism. Having read the Bible, the Koran, the Tao, and the Eddas cover to cover, I just find it offensive that people assume I'm ignorant for rune-working. People suck.
    Dylan Monday, April 15, 2002, 06:38:12
    I used to go to "Christian Life Club" in high school (at the behest of two of my cute christian friends)to stir the pot. One of them once told me I was the "nicest heathen she'd ever met"
    Xanthe Kelsylva Sunday, January 27, 2002, 01:54:50
    I haven't directly told anyone that I'm an Asatru. Some people figure it out because I make so many refrences to the Aesir, the Eddas, etc. and I'm writing a novel in which the main characters are all Asatru. One of my friends found out and she thought it was ok, but she freaked out about me using blood for rune spells. But if people think I'm weird, that's because there's other things about me that are weird. It's part of being an artist. However, I know one person who is extremely Catholic. He talks non stop about the Crusades and hates other religions. I keep it a secret from him. I would fight, but he's way too big. But pretty much, I'm weird anyways, so when people find out one more weird thing about me, it's no big deal. They don't understand, but they're accepting. Then there's the people who say you're racist or ethnocentric. Those people are being racist for assuming that a European-American (I'm so sick of being called white!) is automatically racist for being interested in their heritage.
    Steamy Friday, January 25, 2002, 01:52:54
    I forgot to mention people mostly appear interested in learning more about Asatru, but I feel it's more a surface interest and practically no follow-up. Everyone has to find their own path. I know a number of intelligent, true followers who I see on a semi-regular basis and others who e-mail back & forth. I don't try to convert anyone and won't spend much time with fickle types. I have steered a couple of intrested parties to sites like
    Steamy Friday, January 25, 2002, 01:33:15
    Encouragement & Support? Never happened yet. Acceptance? I guess. Polite disapproval? No. Strong intollerance? No. Discrimination, harassment or violence? No & better not. I'm not the victim type. One of the Einherar (Odhinn's Chosen Warriors) here. No foolin'! Other true Asatruer can contact me at Also find out more about me on In firth -- Steamy :)
    Nick Tyler Sunday, January 20, 2002, 14:32:10
    With all of the folk who matter I have had nothing but support and interest, often they have asked to have a read through some of my book collection! The few whom I have had a negative response from have not been friends or even associates, and are usaully either forgotten in a heartbeat, or asked why they feel such uncomfort with my beleifs, which usaully ends up with them saying a stereotypical answer of "I just don't understand you..."
    marty in California Sunday, December 30, 2001, 08:00:20
    Almost all are initially confused. "What's that!!??" Then they laugh at you. And a few then start to suggest you're a Nazi, etc.
    Brid N Saturday, December 15, 2001, 11:13:12
    I happen to live in that great swath of lovely country known as the Bible Belt. Yet, oddly, I've had very little problem specifically related to my not being xian. Of course, I don't socialize with the common xian folk here much. However, there have been a few bothersome incidents, mostly cut short by my taciturn and agressive manner. Mostly, I just grit my teeth at the bizarre arogance of these people in assuming everyone around them is xian. When "What church do ya'll go to?" is a common introduction, I tend to get down on the white christ and his dullard minions. But I come from a decidely more libertarian culture, so I refrain from religious debates when possible.
    Eesti Sunday, December 09, 2001, 16:01:23
    Tere, koik on bull shet!!!
    adrian Wednesday, October 17, 2001, 18:28:48
    my most commen reaction is people saying oh you dont belive in god then.
    Vitralrek Sunday, October 07, 2001, 20:47:46
    One reaction that was not listed was "Laughter." I have had a few people laugh when I told them I worshipped Thor and Odin and such, thinking I was kidding. However, when they see I am serious they usually hush up and apologize.
    Angelique Saturday, October 06, 2001, 19:18:16
    Well, i live in mexico, wich has an extreamly closed minded xtian culture, and i have actualy been fisicaly harrased after admitting to beeing a heathen. Of beelinving in the "old religion", normaly though I just get some disaproving stares, disaproval, and i was actualy kicked out of a school for not being a xtian. It was actualy quite funny since they used my grades (B-) as the reason since it is illegal to do that.
    courtney OBrien Sunday, September 30, 2001, 06:56:04
    asa ama likem bin laden
    Bob Trapp Thursday, September 27, 2001, 03:33:06
    It is my habit to be a respectable person. People show respect for me and my oppinions. When they find out that I have an unusual religion, it is perfectly all right. When I give advice I make reference to the Havamal and such with out explaining what the Havamal is. Those that ask are informed, others just accept the wisdom without concern for the source.
    Jen Wednesday, September 26, 2001, 18:48:49
    There ought to be an answer on here for "Oh, like the Thor comic book?" ;-) People generally seem well-meaning and friendly about it, and very curious. I guess a lot of it depends on exactly how the discussion comes up. If it comes up because someone has spotted and recognized the Thor's hammer, or the carving of Odin I keep in the office, generally that's a curious person to begin with. If it comes up because someone has asked me what religion I am, again that's already a curious person. IMO responding well to the curious and fostering a climate where people can feel free to ask about things they don't understand is the end the religious minority has to hold up if we want to be welcomed, understood, or even peacably left alone.
    V CAROLE Tuesday, September 25, 2001, 20:04:37
    Logan Tuesday, August 07, 2001, 08:52:43
    Hej, like Herbert, I too live in New Zealand.. I do not talk to a lot of people about Asatru but those who I do speak to about it are generally pretty interested, often because they're friends. Any christians I've discussed it with have still resorted to their usual ignorant banter and didn't really stick around much longer. and also like Herbert I guess I could say I'm not the friendliest *looking* character walking around, so that might have something to do with it. Most people think I'm a satanist, haha!
    Kor Wednesday, July 18, 2001, 21:56:14
    Vague disapproval sometimes, and apathy most of the time. But then again, I rarely speak of my dedication to the Asa in casual conversation. Why bother provoking arguments? Others believe as they will believe, and I will believe as I see fit.
    Herbert Tuesday, July 17, 2001, 16:01:59
    In my country (New Zealand) few people know what Asatru is. Those people who do are mostly supportive, or at worst indifferent. The few hardcore monotheists I have told usually react with subtle disaproval or very subtle mocking, no one has tried getting violent with me, probably as I look rather "unfriendly".
    Tyrna Vikarmann Monday, July 16, 2001, 04:33:17
    I find,all too often,that the majority of people are just too closed-minded & set in their ways to accept anything other than the "Norm"(christianity),I do not boast what I am,nor will I hide it either!!!
    Bjarki Valgardson Friday, July 13, 2001, 17:13:58
    Because of how I present myself to people they either love or hate me, there is no middle. My wife's Grandmother loves me to death, and she is a devout Catholic. My Born-Again Uncle cringes but he knows I have always been different (In my youth I would rather hunt and camp then socialize with people)
    Logan Saturday, July 07, 2001, 00:20:53
    My wife just said, "At least you have faith in something other than yourself."
    madeleine Tuesday, June 26, 2001, 06:46:37
    For the most part, I've not gotten much reaction from the people I've told. I think we're flying below the radar. Most of the people I've told have heard of Wicca, "the nature religion," and lump all things non-monotheistic in with that. Most of the ones I've told know little about it, don't care to know more about it, and seem to dismiss it as general weirdness.
    Roy Tapio Kosonen ( Saturday, June 23, 2001, 16:46:18
    As a reply to those Christians who tell us that we are going to Hell, I would say this: let us assume that you are correct that I must find Jesus in order to avoid Hell and get into Heaven. What if I do this, but someone dear to me like my mother (who is a Russian Orthodox Christian, but believes that any good and sincere person will go to Heaven) does not have the "born-again" experience of finding Jesus before she dies? How could I be happy in Heaven while knowing that my dear, gentle mother is being tortured at the same time in Hell? What kind of son would that make me? What kind of MAN would that make me? As a moral man who loves his mother, I would have to give up Heaven and voluntarily go to Hell to share my mother's torment forever, so that I could try to comfort her in her agony. What say you to that, Christian? I actually posed this question to one of my relatives, who is a strident Pentacostal Christian. She said that she would "pray" on this matter and get back to me. Later she came to me with a happy smile and told me that she had prayed that my parents would "find Jesus" before they die. Listen, everyone: perhaps the best answer is that the possiblility of going to Hell is a threat, and we refuse to follow any God who threatens us. For us to convert to Christianity would mean that we have surrendered to fear and are begging for mercy from an abusive father-God. What kind of morality is that? It is the morality of cowardly opportunists. As my favorite philosopher Nietzsche said, it is a slave morality. We are not slaves. We are free. We are the masters of our own fate.
    Kathleen Tuesday, June 19, 2001, 01:08:19
    I've found that people who know I'm not Christian and are relatively enlightened assume I'm Wiccan or Druid; those who are completely benighted have called me an athiest. I've yet to be called a racist but assume it will happen sometime. The simplest reply, which I've formulated for those expressing a polite interest, is that I believe in the Northern Gods and in my ancestors. And I have been subjected to harassment at work (in a government job--go figure!).
    iris magnusdottir Monday, June 11, 2001, 15:32:35
    ok, now we have violence. i got into a shouting match with a pair of young male christians (that's oxymoronic, ja) because i stated my beliefs and they questioned why i would believe something "so bizarre"--i had to challenge them, so they were shouting that i was going to hell, etc. and i pushed one and the other pushed me (put his hand right on my breast) so i was about to walk away when the campus police happened by to stop the fight. so now i have to vote "violence".
    iris magnusdottir Tuesday, June 05, 2001, 17:19:04
    part2: it seems that i am accepted more here among the christian majority than the atheists. probably because it is recognized that i am spiritual as opposed to non-spiritual. perhaps believing in some god, any god or goddess, is better (to many people's minds) than rejecting all supernatural deities.
    Alizaunde Sunday, May 13, 2001, 01:09:14
    With the exception of family, I often get a subtly negative reaction from people.
    Roy Tapio Kosonen ( Thursday, April 26, 2001, 16:26:50
    I am careful about the type of people to whom I reveal my beliefs - not from fear of violence from them, but from fear of violence from me toward them if they should react in an insulting manner toward my beliefs. I am a bad-tempered, solitary, Nature-loving man who wishes he could live in a cabin in the woods, away from most people, and I have much pent-up violence within me. I am afraid that if I were to lose my temper, I might wind up in prison or shot dead by the police, so I usually keep my beliefs to myself. That's the Finn in me, by the way - we tend to be like this.
    iris magnusdottir Friday, April 13, 2001, 20:09:35
    1st reaction: what's that? after explaining: are you serious? after further explanation: if that's what you believe then ok (with a sneer). their tone of voice shows their disapproval but they stop short of criticising.
    Tanis Friday, April 13, 2001, 09:30:26
    Some raised eyebrows sometimes, but generally interest shown. As a British police officer I was suprised at the acceptance and genuine interest shown by colleagues. See, we aren't all bad!
    AunMarie Thursday, April 12, 2001, 00:53:48
    It depends on the person. I have been met with all attitudes but the violence. I am not the kind of person someone would want to get violent with. LOL
    Ryan Fairhair Tuesday, March 06, 2001, 07:54:46
    My late mother was very agnostic and had trouble believing in anything because she suffered from unspeakable health complications due to her juvenile diabetes of 30 years, but she accepted my Asatru beliefs and encouraged them. My father and his side of teh family are Jewish, but he being a fmr. hippie accepts my beliefs, but doesn't ecourage them. And most of my best friends have been pretty accepting, I don't usually get chastized, but some people kind of don't know how to really react to my beliefs. Wednesday, February 28, 2001, 01:56:57
    While I know what it's like to be assulted for both political & other, more personal, viewpoints, I have yet to experience any specific 'threat'posturing due to my religious belief system. My mom is elderly & in niether mental/physical health, so when she starts in with her "The Jews own everything" crap, even though I have 22 years of hard core, urban-enviornment, EMS-Paramedicine under my belt,(I wore the same identifying shoulder patch as Nicholas Cage in the {shitty} movie, "Bringing out the Dead", except '25-William-1 is a 'for real' West Bronx, NY, Paramedic Unit!), I don't know how to asse her outbursts. Like someone in one of the other pols said, referring to their husband, I have an extreamly unstable relationship with my 'nuclear' family. Wednesday, February 28, 2001, 01:56:36
    While I know what it's like to be assulted for both political & other, more personal, viewpoints, I have yet to experience any specific 'threat'posturing due to my religious belief system. My mom is elderly & in niether mental/physical health, so when she starts in with her "The Jews own everything" crap, even though I have 22 years of hard core, urban-enviornment, EMS-Paramedicine under my belt,(I wore the same identifying shoulder patch as Nicholas Cage in the {shitty} movie, "Bringing out the Dead", except '25-William-1 is a 'for real' West Bronx, NY, Paramedic Unit!), I don't know how to asse her outbursts. Like someone in one of the other pols said, referring to their husband, I have an extreamly unstable relationship with my 'nuclear' family.
    ThorinSkald Thursday, February 22, 2001, 06:52:08
    To those of you that have voted on other issues, you may know that I am both a storyteller and a substitute teacher in the SW Mighigan area. I get a lot of interest in my religion from students once they realise that I am not making it up. Some feel that theirs is the only way. But many begin to realize that if an adult can change and follow a different path, perhaps they may as well some day. I do not preach our religion to them, I merely tell them our history, stories and myths. There is always a discussion at the end. I usually get some that come to me later in the day, often at recess time and want to know more. Teach me to write in runes, where can I find books with stories like those, where can I get a Thor hammer. These are just a few of the questions I get. To see the wonder in a child's eye as I tell the creation story makes it all worth the effort. It may be a fine line that I walk, but I know that my GOD walks beside me. Hail to you Thor, Master of the Mighty Storm! And hail to all the gods and goddesses of Asgard!
    Kane MacTuathal Friday, December 15, 2000, 05:33:15
    I get mostly acceptance. However on occasion I do get some strong negative reactions from others. I have actually gotten support from my family, especially my grandfather.
    Hélio Sunday, November 19, 2000, 14:14:18
    A very interesting thing just happened today. I was invited to be the baptism godfather of a yet unborn child by the mother, an old family friend. When I was told this my initial reaction was "I don't think so, I will have to sweare by the Christian God to keep that child in His ways and I shall not make an empty oath by their god!" Of course my mother felt a bit sad for our friend so she told to see the local Catholic priest anyway (a useless effort, they don't make baptism with non-Catholic godfathers!)and so I went. After mass the priest went to his chamber and I followed him. I told him about the invitation I was made and asked how flexible the baptism rite could be and when I told afterwards that I was not a Christian he imediatly said "I'm affarid it can't be!". He then asked me if I was not a Christian as in "no religon" or as in "another religion" and answered that I had another and that it was paganism (in portuguese "paganism" and "heathenry" are translated the same way, as "paganismo"). His reaction was simple: he almost laughted and said "that's not a religion!" and began telling me that religion is the establishing of a connection and worshipp of God ( I find this very amusing, they tend to be complettely concentrated on their on beliefs when it comes to defining broader terms!)and his ideia was that paganism does not do it, almost as if heathens are ignorants who know nothing of divinity. However he ended up asking me about details on my religion and I told him about reconstruction of the old beliefs, the individuality and variety of deities, the variety of ideias and interpretations until he told "I would like to talk with you about it, it's good to know something about other religions! You seen to know more on Christianity then I about your religion and its good to know each other's creeds for a better understanding. I think every religion has its own piece of truth!" In short, I found a catholic priest with an enormous sense of religous tolerence, though reluctante at the begining due to his own ignorance, as he admited. It was the first time I revealed my religous option to a Christian priest and it went very well!
    Nuala Monday, October 09, 2000, 23:37:17
    The reaction from several of my co-workers has been to make fun. If I had the same attitude toward their Christianity I'd be accused of religios intolerance
    Hélio Sunday, September 03, 2000, 03:01:05
    My parents are very curious and they respect my choise. Altough they do not know the whole thing, they are aware that I follow a modern nature religion and my mother now wants to accompany me when I go to the woods to collect timber and always pour milk or wine on the land for the wights and leave some cookies. My closest frinds are less curious (or reluctant in asking anything) and only those who are pagan or are closest to the occult matters are openly curious.
    Mick Thursday, July 13, 2000, 13:17:41
    Most family members show polite disapproval, and it's not generally discussed. There are some family members that profess I convert to christianity and go to church, but yet they refuse to go to church themselves. There is one in particular who is brainwashed beyond reason and disrupted a funeral service she wasn't invited to and started spouting off about christ. I was praying for a lighning strike from Thorr, but alas the skies were clear and she's still an idiot.
    Teleri Tuesday, April 18, 2000, 22:01:44
    In over a decade and a half of identifying myself as Asatru, I've rarely gotten beyond "what's that?" from anyone. This includes Wiccans and other Pagan folk, too! The strongest reaction I ever got was from my very Dutch Reformed father, who slammed his fist on the table and exclaimed, "That's HEATHENISM!" I chortled at his apoplexy, and replied, sweetly, "That's right." My religion was a bitter bone of contention with my parents until the days they died.
    Rob R. Saturday, February 26, 2000, 20:02:19
    Most folks either say "You got your own thing, that's cool" OR they want to know more about it. NEVER any violence, I'm too damn big for them to do that shit.
    HateBite Monday, January 24, 2000, 22:02:50
    i need a good xian to thrash tne devil outta me. Now if I could only find a volunteer (sneer)
    Hrolf RangoR Tuesday, January 11, 2000, 09:13:57
    I have been literally stoned by good little Baptist children, at the behest of their youth minister, while exercising my right of free religion.
    lothar Wednesday, December 08, 1999, 17:15:09
    its definetly not in their best interests to get discriminatory or violent about it, i take care of myself, and my own...
    Matthew Sunday, December 05, 1999, 19:52:13
    I hope that they dont become violent as I am *not* some peace-loving pagan....hehe!
    Poll opened July 8, 1999.

    Irminsul Ăttir Last updated on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2019 12:28:16 PST.