Lady Gwen, Thank You for writing this post. Very well put..intelligent,passionate and so very true! I was planning on writing a similar discussion myself. Truth is I've been on iPeace since Oct. 2008 and other than joining "Pagan's for Peace" I tend to shy away from discussions of religion. When asked on chat do answer honestly...I am a proud pagan. Have been since late 80's early 90's. I have studied the history of many religions since I was 15. I turned away from organized religion of any kind when I was about same age ,closer to 13. So many lives lost in the name of God,in past & present, truly makes me ill. My Mother decided to be a Jehovah's witness during my childhood, and as a wee lass the hipacracy I saw & as I was treated turned me away. I decided I wanted to choose for myself, after I left home at 13. In the mid 80's My Mother became more "New Agey" I choose to be pagan as closest to my beliefs,interstingly I was the one that introduced my mum to Wicca. Which she practiced for many years.I have not had anyone on ipeace be intollerant of my chosen faith,but yes many many times I have had to defend,teach,explain the difference between being pagan and thinking is evil, bad or devil worship..some people indeed have avoided me,judged me and tried to convert me.. I think you described InTolerance very well, thank you. and I like" the thoughts kicking around yer head" appreciate you writing them down here.