Written on February 20th, 2012
I live smack dab in the middle of the bible belt in a town of less then 2000 people in Arkansas. i am very devoted to the craft and also blessed to have an immediate family that wont judge my beliefs ,but my sadly my community and other bits of my family are not so understanding. i try to explain to my friends and classmates that the craft is not something to be afraid of, but nobody wants to listen to me. they don't want to hear words of love for every being from the mouth of a "sinner". some of my friends love me and have even contemplated joining me in being a wiccan, but i have to keep my being a witch a " public secret" . for instance , my grandmother is a very devoted christian and would probably ship me off to the pope if she found out i was a witch, and my aunt and cousins in Alabama would do the same. i love them dearly and don't want to pain them with unnecessary knowledge , i am who i am, my religion doesn't change that. but other then them , i don't care who finds out, heck, i make it known if someone asks me. i don't want to hide in the broom closet , so i don't. I'll take all of the fury this small town has if it means that one day I'll live in peace. i just don't know how to tell them that calling me a "good for nothing devil worshiper" isn't only misinformed but also isn't going to " save my soul". i want to live peacefully with them , i just don't know how. being a wiccan in the bible belt is like being a fish surrounded by starved sharks, you're gonna get hurt ,you can ether taking like a coward , or fight until you're dead knowing that winning isn't very likely.