Date: Fri, 26 Apr 2002 16:22:46 -0700 (PDT)
From: "C*****"
Subject: Respect from a non-atheist

Mr. Bedford:

I am writing to you to tell you that not all non-atheists disrespect people like you.  I am not an atheist, I am a Wiccan, which, if you don't know, is a branch of Paganism, or Earth-based religions.  I do not believe in the Christian God, Jesus, Satan,
 Heaven, Hell, or the like.  I totally agree with you on how rediculous the theories stated in the Bible about these concepts are.  In Wiccanism, we do have a god and a goddess, known by many names, such as Marduk and Diana.  They are not, however, hypo
cal concepts like Christianity.  We have one simple rule:  "Harm none, do as ye will."  We do celebrate special holidays (or Sabbats, as we call them), but they are out of love and friendship, not fearful worship.  We revere our gods, but we do not brow
nnose them or fear them.  They are our friends.  They do not rule us, but guide us.  I want you to know that I am definitely not trying to convert you to Paganism, but simply showing you that not all organized religions are d!
isagreeable.  Maybe you don't agree with my beliefs, but that's ok.  Among our other motifs are the fact that everyone must find their own path, no matter what that is.  We respect everyone.  My best wishes to you.


ps.  I greatly respect your courage.  It must take guts to post the sorts of things on your site that you do, in spite of the many people that I've seen greatly dislike, hate, or even want to kill you.  Keep up the good work, and don't lose your faith i
n atheism.