Coming out of the broom closet (idea)
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Mon Jan 08 2001 at 6:10:49
A phrase, somewhat
tongue in cheek
, used in the
community. "coming out of the
closet" means revealing to
, or whomever else that one is *openly*
/insert "nontraditional" religion here.
in some, if not many, ways can have nearly as many
from which it took its name--*many*
don't like having "
" working for them, and sometimes even if the company doesn't care, the
do. either simple
refusal to understand or accept
can lead to very
workplace relations. For a mild, mild case of this
strips from around
(Halloween). but people *have* been fired (
under 'veiled' reasons but not always, just for being pagan.
"Coming out of the broom closet" to
is usually somewhat less difficult. Many will be
, not understanding what you
, and may ask questions. Some may not want to accept this. (very Christian friends sometimes
because they don't want you to "burn in hell" for being a "witch".)
Explaining to families is frequently the *most* difficult, especially for
under 25 or 30. (some never tell parents because it is too uncomfortable. I personally have yet to tell mine, although someday probably will.) Especially in the case of
parents, they tend to wonder "what went wrong" and "what mistake they made" that their child is doing *this*! (many people from older generations also have a much fainter
of paganism than gen-X and later people do.) For
students particularly, a common parental response is "it’s just a phase", or fear that their child is in a "
" or participating in "
". Children get sent to talk to
because "something must be wrong with them".
it should be mandatory to raise your children atheist
. nontraditional religions are so often misunderstood.
Although we played on the
and laugh a bit at ourselves that way (as
tend to do. even at ritual we're never stonily serious), it *is* a real issue.
doesn't burn us at the
anymore for being "
" but we still receive
far more than is
. One needs to give some serious thought, before being
. It's a bigger deal than it seems.
This node ended up much longer than I intended. it was meant as like a three-liner, the first bit above the first line. then I got
and realized how important these thoughts were to me. At this point, I decided to move some information I intended to put here, to its own node in
suggestions for coming out of the broom closet
, because that actually *is* a somewhat separate topic.
I like it!
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