I was really disheartened to read this article and see that Pagan discrimination is clearly alive and well, at least in this part of PA where a number of shop owners have chosen to close their stores for the day because they are not in favor of the Pagan Pride Day event taking place in their town.
Is it me, or does it seem even less civil to close up your store for a whole day because you don’t agree with the views of a group holding an event on public property that they rightly paid to rent within your town? Does it really look better for you, as the shop owner, to close up, even put somewhat nasty signs on your doors explaining why you’re closed, in a sense throwing a passive aggressive temper tantrum, than to just stay open and possibly make some money from those in town visiting for the PPD festival? I would think in this economy small independent shop owners, like the owner of The Soxy Lady (one who decided to close for the day) would welcome the chance to do business with the visitors in town. I couldn’t help but look to see if The Soxy Lady had a website and I wasn’t able to find much, but did find a Blogspot account that hasn’t had a post since 2006 where the owner, Jane, describes herself as a Christian who is married with three children. The woman sells yarn and related knitting supplies. She has NO IDEA the business she may have lost because so many of us Pagan types love our crafts and knitting! If you happen to live in the Reinholds, PA area or want to contact the shop owner to let her know what her ignorance is making her miss out on, you can find the shop info here on The Merchant Circle.
Today is the PPD here in San Diego but I’m not going to be able to make it because of other plans I have with my husband. But I’m curious to know, how is the PPD in your neck of the woods received by local business owners and residents? Do you attend PPD at all during the month of September?