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-Pagan Pride Day in Louisville, Kentucky?

by Dr. D ~ October 5th, 2011

Styled by it’s coordinator as “a celebration of all polytheistic religions.” The only surprise is that ‘Pagan Pride Day’ is being held in Louisville, Kentucky. One would expect to see something like this in San Francisco, California.

According to the short article on the event:

Pagan Pride Day coordinator Mike Avery says all the activities help celebrate the fall harvest, which was a big deal a thousand years ago when people counted their blessings over the season’s abundance of food.

"It’s a celebration of all polytheistic religions. Spreading information about different spiritual paths," says Avery.

Wiccans, Asatru, and Druids are all considered Pagan religions, but anyone was invited to join the fun at Saturday’s event.

Response: For years, America was considered to be ‘a Christian nation’ but that obviously is no longer the case. This is just the most recent event to highlight how diverse this country is becoming when it comes to religion.

For years diversity of religions amounted to belonging to different denominations of the Christian faith along with varieties of Judaism. Now when it comes to religion the picture is far more complex.

Immigrants in the last 50 years have come to America with far different religions and customs than was traditionally the case. Now Islam is well on it’s way to becoming one of the larger religions in this country and will probably numerically pass Judaism soon if it already hasn’t. Buddhism also is far more visible out here in California along with other Asian religions since so many Asians have immigrated to this area.

It is easy to get use to the fact that different world religions are on the rise in America but Pagan ‘polytheistic’ religions are a different matter altogether. The fact that this celebration is being held in Kentucky demonstrates that there are probably far more Pagans in the USA than any of us realize.             *Top

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