Proselytizing (Many Moons Conclave view)

In Paganism, it’s easy to just say, “You shouldn’t proselytize.” But really, what is proselytization?

According to Wiktionary, proselytize means to encourage or induce people to join a religious movement, political party, or other cause or organization; to convert (someone) to one’s own faith or beliefs.

Whether or not you want to admit it, everyone has proselytized.

“But wait!” you say. “I do no such thing! Don’t try to correct me!”

When someone last mentioned Easter, did you tell them about Ostara and Eostre? What about Christmas? Did you mention Saturnalia or Yule? Those are just two examples of proselytization that you may have done.

The stance of the Many Moons Conclave is that everyone deserves to say what they believe. This includes others who you disagree with. The important thing is to not try to convince the other person of what you believe. Just say, “Well, you think what you think is true, and I think what I think is true,” and to leave it at that. If they want to know more about what you believe or why you believe what you do, explain in a calm and mature fashion. However, if the individual should press forward and try to proselytize their beliefs on you, “counter-proselytization” is permissible although not recommended. It’s much better to simply turn off what the other person is saying and to politely dismiss them.

There is nothing wrong with standing up for your beliefs if they’re put in the limelight and under interrogation. That’s where the line is drawn. No one has a right to tell you what to believe, just as you have no right to tell others what to believe. You do not stand on a moral high horse, nor do they.

Everyone is equal, no matter how far they have progressed in this life or in past lives. Everyone has valuable experience and lessons to share, and you should treat every living being that way.

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