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Nope. Really, it’s that simple. Pagans are not generally evangelical. They don’t put their faith in other people’s faces, they don’t preach their beliefs on street corners, they don’t give out pamphlets outside your favorite coffee shop. They 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. They 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 them questions, they think Pagans are trying to change people’s minds, and that gets blown into the idea that they’re trying to convert them.
Another part of it may be that they’re not super secretive about who we are as a whole, because they want people to know the truth. They put information out there for people to find. Education seems to be a pretty offensive and scary thing to some folks.
Truthfully, Pagans don’t try to make anyone be like them. They believe that everyone has a choice, and everyone has the right to be whatever they want to be. Even if they don’t agree with it, they’re not going to try to sway you. They’ll tell you what they believe and let you make your own choices.
*Disclaimer: I no longer practice Paganism, but I’ve left these Pagan Myths articles active because I believe they’re still valuable in helping people to understand Paganism and reduce negative stereotypes.*