The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
First Amendment of the United States Constitution:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
you see but no.
I can CALL myself queen of England, but that does not make me a born heir. You can CALL yourself Wiccan, but know you’re uninitiated and therefore know very little about the actual religion. as it is, you know, a mystery religion. there’s a reason there are initiated levels, and people spend a lot of time and effort achieving them. okay, here’s the thing.
if a skateboard shop sells skateboards only to people who either know how to ride them already, their parents taught them, and they choose not to sell to you because you played a lot of Tony Hawk Pro Skater, then you’re not ready to ride the skateboard. that also doesn’t mean you should steal a skateboard. chances are, you have no idea how to actually ride a skateboard and the rest of us will just look at you confused as you scoot around confused and indignant that you’re doing it right.
It’s not calling yourself Wiccan without my permission, it’s calling yourself Wiccan without actually doing anything regarding their initiation rites and learning how the religion works other than your outside view.