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Nope. Really, it’s that simple. Pagans are not generally evangelical. We don’t put out faith in other people’s faces, we don’t preach our beliefs on street corners, we don’t give out pamphlets outside your favorite coffee shop. We don’t recruit or convert.
I suppose this myth is out there because Pagans often do try to get people to think and question, and that scares people with other beliefs. We encourage honesty, free-thinking, respect, and a lot of things other religions don’t like. So, I guess by being honest and decent to people who ask us questions, they think we’re trying to change people’s minds, and that gets blown into the idea that we’re trying to convert them.
Another part of it may be that we’re not super secretive about who we are as a whole, because we want people to know the truth. We put information out there for people to find. Education seems to be a pretty offensive and scary thing to some folks.
Truthfully, we don’t try to make anyone be like us. We believe that everyone has a choice, and everyone has the right to be whatever they want to be. Even if we don’t agree with it, we’re not going to try to sway you. We’ll tell you what we believe and let you make your own choices.