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Discussion in 'Religious Debates' started by RayofLight, Apr 7, 2021 at 9:44 AM.

  1. RayofLight

    RayofLight They/Them

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    @ChristineM reminded me that I've been meaning to post on this topic when she commented this on my previous thread My religious journey so far in response to me saying I plan on putting up an altar to Lucifer
    Why should I hide my beliefs? Why is it as a pagan I am always told not to put up an altar or pray to my gods in a room where there are Christians? This goes for outside the group home too. People often speak of freedom of religion. But the moment I practice my beliefs whether it be pagan or in this case satanic I am immediately told that it's offensive to christians to practice my beliefs around them just because I believe differently. Why is that?
     
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  2. ChristineM

    ChristineM "Be strong" I whispered to my coffee.
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    I personally think you can do whatever you want so long as its legal, decent and honest. Unfortunately there are others who think people can do whatever they want so long as they agree with it. I have always found a percentage of christians are nasty, vindictive people and have learned to stay out of their way
     
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  3. RayofLight

    RayofLight They/Them

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    I understand. I wasn't trying to accuse you of anything. I just been meaning to post on this topic for a while and you reminded me. Thank you for that.
     
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  4. Saint Frankenstein

    Saint Frankenstein Caritas Christi Urget Nos
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    I don't know if you share a room with anyone, but it could cause friction over you having an altar to Lucifer. But if you don't care, I guess that doesn't matter. It is likely to make Christians around you uncomfortable, at least. I mean you have to see it through their eyes, too. They believe Satan to be evil and that he seeks to spiritually ruin people. So it logically follows that they probably aren't going to be cool with Satanism. Just something to be prepared for.
     
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    Anyone can be obnoxious with their beliefs if they make them too obvious. A small altar should not cause any more criticism than a small cross would. But if someone had a giant cross on display that would be a cause for concern. Making a display too ostentatious can be perceived as an assault on the beliefs of others regardless of religion.

    If you ever are chasing a live chicken down the hallway with a hatchet in one hand you might want to tone it down a bit.
     
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  6. RayofLight

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    Oh I know. I just don't think it should. If it bothers someone that I believe differently they shouldnt voice their opinion if they do not wish to be respectful. They could ask questions sure maybe voice their discomfort if they wish for me not to talk about it but dont stop me from practicing.
     
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    Just because they are Christians one should not assume that they are vegetarians. :D
     
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    I don't plan on it. That chicken could run faster then me then what would I do?
     
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    Saint Frankenstein Caritas Christi Urget Nos
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    Personally, if I as a Christian was in a situation like that, where I had to share a room with someone and they were a Satanist and practicing it there, I would request to be moved to a different room and complain to stuff if they refuse. I wouldn't go on about it with the person.
     
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    Fair enough. As long as the person doen't try to force me to not practice my beliefs I am good. If moving to a different room prevents them from being a butthole I am all for that.
     
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    Saint Frankenstein Caritas Christi Urget Nos
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    But that's what I would do. Can't speak for others.
     
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    The group home doesn't allow roommates so I dont have to worry about it.
     
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    Saint Frankenstein Caritas Christi Urget Nos
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    That's good.
     
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    Private rooms means more freedom in expressing your beliefs. If someone complains about what you have in your room they are the ones with a problem. Roommates complicate situations and it is nice to hear that you do not have that problem.
     
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    It's not just satan where I run into this problem. It's also a problem I've ran into before when all Ive worshipped is pagan deities. And if they truely believe in religious freedom they still shouldn't try to stop me from practicing my beliefs. Voice their opinion yes but dont try to limit who and how I worship.
     
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    I would suggest Pastafarianism, but people might think that you are laughing at them. And yes, we are:rolleyes:
     
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    @Saint Frankenstein Adding to this why should I try to see it from their viewpoint when most haven't tried in the slightest to understand and see my viewpoint? Instead they make assumptions and assume I am evil.
     
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    Sometimes it's for safety. I'd hide my beliefs as well, in certain places on this planet. Why risk death?
     
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    I can understand that.
     
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    Saint Frankenstein Caritas Christi Urget Nos
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    Well, Satan is seen as evil in Christianity so I suppose there's no way around that. You can't change how people will respond to you. That doesn't mean people should mistreat you over it.
     
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