Treating believers of other religions:
The Affirmation of Acknowledgment
Kaatryn MacMorgan has included the following Affirmation on her web site. It
concerns her beliefs about other religious in a multi-faith society. If everyone
had followed these principles, the many
wars and severe civil unrest would not have materialized.
Kaatryn is a Wiccan, a follower of Wicca which is
a reconstructed belief system of the ancient Celtic people. Since Wiccans do not
proselytize, she has included the statement in Section II about not converting
others. Other faith groups feel that they have an obligation to encourage
conversion of others to their religion. Unless done with sensitivity and
empathy, conversion attempts are often viewed as harassment by the recipient.
The Affirmation of Acknowledgment:
I: I acknowledge the presence of other faiths on my planet, indeed,
right here in my city/town/village. I acknowledge that the followers of these
faiths feel as strongly, maybe more so, than I do about mine.
II: I forgive the other faiths and wipe clean the slate between us. I cannot
hold a person responsible for the acts of their faith, I cannot hold a faith at
fault for individual practitioners. It is not my place to convert, or otherwise
alter a person's religion. I invite discussion of beliefs without judgment of
those holding them.
III: I acknowledge that I may be wrong, and I have found comfort in the fact
that I may be right.
- Kaatryn MacMorgan, "All One Wicca: A study in the universal
eclectic Wiccan tradition," at: http://home.att.net/~macmorgan_design/book.html