Orin J Master
yes, but not wrong. the problem with streotyping large groups like this that that's actually what you're supposed to do, because trying to judge a major institution, be it relegious, political, or corporate an the individual merits of it's members is wholly impossible because only what they agree to as a mass is what defines their group-which is a sterotype.
are my steotpyes negative? heck yeah. does that invalidate them? sorry, but no. religion is something that tends institutionalize negative outlooks/behaviors on an obscure theological basis and reject any attempt to criticise its actions. remember the christian and islamic faiths both have it in theri belief systems that anyone not following them are wrong and need to be coverted(usually described as enlightened or educated to sound more appealing) or else killed (usually after villifying them so it's less morally objectionable as was done with the native americans and pretty much every faction in the middle east)
Well i'd rather the christians burn me at the stake instead of converting!!
That's just silly, for one thing they didn't execute people who actually confessed to being a witch. Well atleast not in Salem, they took the ones who confessed and and 're-educated' them with religious doctrine.
It's ironic as the one who wouldn't confess to such a thing are the puritan christians who'd rather die then admit to being a witch. So in the end the majority of people hung, burnt or otherwise executed were Christians. So yeah the only religion that can really go "Never again the burning times!" would be Christians themselves.
I have a couple beefs with parts of the Christian Dogma, though frankly I don't hate Christians because of it, just bigots who try to use it to justify their own problems.
As for witchcraft, I'd never touch it the idea of tampering with how things are ment to be seems a poor idea, doubly so if it's selfish. I have some similiar beliefs as wiccans but also at the same time prefer not to be associated with them due to alot of the general behaviour. In a way witch craft isn't that different to praying to god asking him for something to happen. I never really understood either, you want something you make it happen yourself, as long as you don't hurt other people of course.
As for what religion I am, that's a difficult question, it's earth centered, I don't belive in a deity really, just arch-types people create for facets of the universe. Man, Woman, Life, Death we make deitys for these and in some cases just one or two where one either embodies all or one embodies the good and another embodies the bad or even the feminine and the masculine.
I do like to meditate too, but that's not a religious thing really, it just helps me write. I also hold the stand point that science is important, it's something one just can't ignore for religious convenience. Though I do believe there is stuff science can't explain.
So what religion would that be?