I happen to feel the same way. But I've met a number of people who think we need more pagans speaking out to obtain "respectability", whatever that is. They see it as selfish on the part of closeted people because their invisibility increases the burden of those who are out. In other words, closeted witches aren't doing their fair share.
Does it bother you when other people are closeted?
no why would I? ^^
its just my personal feeling of responsibility, I think people should be free to follow their own goals and feelings etc
An HPS said something I rather liked. The Craft is and always has been an outlaw way of life. Do we want the so called respectability that we might get by being mainstream? Might we also lose something of our identity if we pedal our religion in such a way that the public would accept us?
Pat of my personal belief system is that I let other people make their own decisions. If they want to be in or out of the closet that is their business. NOT MINE. I have enought to tend to with my own life.
As for the pagan path always being an outlaw ay of life... Not really. Like with everything else, there is an ebb and flow to paganism. I think we're seeing a rise that will subside again. Just like we're seeing the decline of Christianity. The simple fact is that the Christians were hunted and killed same as the witches, the Jews, the Buddists, the Taoists, the.... fill in the blank. People suck and always want to persecute those who don't comform to what they think is the "right" way.