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During my 28 years as a practicing Wiccan or witch if you prefer I have had occasion to ask myself this difficult question many many times With the recent political controversy over the United States Army permitting pagan services to be held on military bases in Texas and around the world the question suddenly has more than its usual immediacy for me and for my brothers and sisters in Wicca First let me get the usual questions out of the way Wicca is a real religion born in the 1950s as a recreation of the Old Religion of Northern Europe which some believe dates back about 25000 years In the mid-1980s the US Courts accepted Wicca as a legitimate religion and granted us 1st Amendment rights and freedom from taxation So the point is moot really The same US Constitution that protects Christianity protects our religious freedom and a good thing too We are the fastest growing religion of the 20th Century We do not believe in an evil deity and would not worship one if we did We do not practice human or animal sacrifice The most sacred commandment our religion demands of us is to harm no one If you think about that last statement carefully it pretty well covers most of the Biblical Ten Commandments - the important parts anyway Even more important we do not attempt to convert our friends and neighbors to Wicca Our faith teaches us that when they are ready for what we have to teach they will seek us out What about me personally Am I a New Age nut Well that depends on what you mean Im an environmentalist certainly I am also a feminist On the other hand I do not do illegal drugs of any kind I
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