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RE: may acorn, g&pd 6

Wouldn't it be a wonderful world were we not to worry about other people's
perceptions. What an ideal existence. Unfortunately, we *do* live in a society
where perception is important. I am not saying it is right, only that 
it is. The
guidelines printed elsewhere about behavior at demo's are only that,
Guidelines. We can sit back all day long and take the attitude that "We will be
the way we want and do what we want and Say what we want." However,
this will neither endear us to the public we depend so heavily upon, nor
will it bring in the newcomers that are the life blood of this organization.

I do not believe the policies on Religion are intended to tell you what to
believe or how to act. They only tell us what the SCA will support and not

I do not like some of the suggestions any more than Melys does, especially
the stricture against black cloaks. But I understand how the misinterpretation
could hurt the efforts of the Demo and will refrain from wearing it. Is 
it fair that
we should be forced to put on a different face for different people and
situations? No. But then what is the old adage about life and fairness?

It is the right of any person in the USA to refuse to submit to such 
It is also the right of anyone else to be offended by those actions. At a demo
where we are trying to put forth our best face and encourage others to join us
in our fun, there are no places for these types of attitudes. Just because you
have the right to do it, does not mean it *is* right to do it.

Just my humble opinions
Micheal Ryan
From: many waters cannot quench love  <melys@cybernetics.net>
To: atlantian mailing list  <atlantia-l@netcom.com>
Subject: may acorn, g&pd 6
Date: Friday, April 28, 1995 9:06AM

greetings to the merry rose from melys!

i'm just wildly curious whether anyone has noticed that the latest
Official Rant regarding how-broadly-we-can-overinterpret-g&pd 6 occurs in
the very same acorn featuring - wait for it - a *christian saint* on the
cover?  someone either has an incredibly subtle sense of humor, or wasn't
paying too much attention.  i'd wager on the latter.

(warning: the rest of this email is likely to be politically incorrect,
highly inflammatory, and not go over real well.  i am trying *really hard*
not to be rude here; my intention is to state my case, not attack the
opinions of others.  but i am wavering between amazed and appalled, and
so far appalled is winning.)

speaking of which (and maybe i'm just biased after skipping past
interminable articles regarding the sca and culthood on the rialto - the
6-month cycle has begun again... *sigh), can we have a reality check,
please?  i read through the list of "thou shalt not xxx at demos" with
growing incredulity.  i'm sorry, but i refuse to cavil to the so-called
'moral majority' as seems to be the trend.  granted, there exist in the
world ignorant and intolerant people who are sufficiently undereducated as
to not comprehend that medieval has nothing more in common with evil than
a coincidental homophony.  however, in my not-one-bit-humble opinion that
fact does *not* place me under obligation to restrict my speech and
activities so as to cater to their prejudices.

i see this as one more reflection of an alarming tendency in this country
as a whole to dance around on tiptoes, making obsequious attempts to
appease the whining and raving of right-wing religious fanatics.  i
refuse to participate in it in my mundane life, and i will be damned if
i'll allow it to taint my enjoyment of the sca.

we *are* a society unto ourselves.  we *do* recreate medieval culture.
long black cloaks are ubiquitous for a reason, folks; if i wear a long
*white* cloak, are you going to ride me out of town on a rail for my
*superficial resemblance* to the kkk?

i am in complete agreement with the g&pd 6 as written.  it makes perfect
sense, and for once the board seems to have accomplished the impossible
and dealt with a problem without panicking and dropping tactical nukes.
but i am *deeply* disappointed in what appears to be official sanction of
suppression of fundamental parts of our sca tradition for such a pointless

we are not a cult, folks.  anyone with half a brain can see that.  the
fact that so many people do not even aspire to that level of cerebration
quite frankly isn't our responsibility and shouldn't be our problem.  i
grew up among people like that, i went to school with them, and i'm tired
of being told to alter my lifestyle for no better reason than to satisfy
the prurience and intolerance of the lowest common denominator. it's just
disgusting, and i refuse to submit.

"this is the soul of all that i am.
 i walk my way with pride among men.
 i bend not.  i bow not.

					in dismay and anger,


ps.  master thomas - this is not in any way intended as a personal attack
against you.  i understand that it is your responsibility as seneschal to
take what measures you can to protect atlantia from possible problems in
the future.  i just happen to disagree with those measures, and, more
importantly, to *despise* the fact that we operate in an environment in
which you feel they're necessary.

angharad melys, guard d'argent
sacred stone / windmaster's hill, atlantia