I have a dear friend. In the last six months she and I have spent a lot of time together. She is a high school teacher, smart, funny, adorable. Her religion is Christian. Going to church every Sunday and Jesus is the number one thing in her life, everything and everyone comes after that. Living her life by the Bible.
Now, just about a two weeks ago I told her that my life path especially in the last ten years was based on witchraft and studied all kind of different religion, philosophy and pagan ways.
Her reaction was rather dramatic.
I have not heard from her since. The only email in one sentence I got from her that she is very busy.
Now after that in the last 6 months we have spent many hours together, several days a week, I think one lousy sentence in an email is an obvious difference.
I have noticed that here in Florida - I just moved here few months ago - people are very very Christians. So very Christians that they cannot accept or not willing to accept any alternatives whatsoever.
Apparently, being a well educated teacher makes no exception. If you grew up on the Bible, with the Bible, among people who did the same, finding out about someone that they are on a different faith (especially witchcraft), then I guess it doesn't matter what kind of person you are in their eyes, if you are a witch, you are bad.
It's sad. I hope she will come around, I won't bug her, but honestly it is not the first similar reaction I have got from people.