As more and more UUs start their own blogs, we occasionally run into the phenomenon of one blog post asking a question that another blog post answers. For example, at Transient and Permanent, the question is asked, Do Unitarian-Universalists Think Less of People Who Use the Word “God”? .
Meanwhile, over at “Heretic, Rebel, Thing to Flout”, in the post UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISM AND PAGANISM--Faith, Ritual and Metaphor , Patrick Murfin tells us “Inclusion of some pagan rites, whether historically accurate or cooked up in some Victorian eccentric’s garden, does not alarm me if the practitioners do not believe that they are literally invoking specific gods, goddesses or spirits who will perform specific tasks or expect the congregation to do so. While there are Wiccans out there—and other organized and semi-organized pagans and neo-pagans—who really, really do believe that every incantation uttered is both real and true, those are not the folks who are comfortable being part of a UU community any more than a Christian who literally believes he/she is consuming the body and blood of Christ in communion will be comfortable.”
Clearly, there are UUs who think less of those who speak of God- at least, if they believe what they are saying. If you’re only toying with someone’s sacred scriptures in order to draw a metaphor, that’s ok... but you’d better not mean it! Wiccan or Christian, if you truly believe, you’re not welcome here! I had thought we didn’t discriminate because we had learned the lesson over the centuries the heart ache and violence that it leads to... but I’m learning the truth is that we don’t discriminate because we don’t take anything seriously enough to care.