As a pagan I think that their reaction to the prayer group was disgusting...
Here's the quote...
On the other hand, if the women in the picture were Buddhists or Native Americans or pagans or something, then their gathering would be along the lines of "A horrible thing has happened and we are badly shaken and we need to emotionally align ourselves with the Universe again." The problem of evil or of God's intentionality doesn't occur for them, because they don't believe in that kind of god.
First of all, speak for yourself -- I didn't feel any need to "emotionally align myself with the universe" -- actually I'm feeling quite aligned, thank you for your concern -- and I find it ... ODD ... to say the least that she believes that the idea of "evil or of God's intentionality doesn't occur for them" -- because in fact the intentionality of the gods is very much in the mind of most (real) pagans. The idea that a crazy lone killer is a specific punishment brought by a specific god would be perhaps a little odd, to each their own I suppose, but it doesn't matter since the praying Christians as far as I can tell made no such claim.
"Jebus" (correctly spelled "Jesus") owes me nothing and I owe him nothing, but I will spell his name right.
People like her aren't offended in little fluffybunny Pagans because those are generally people who are just trying to outrage and offend Christians out of some sense of rebellion.
Kind of like Unitarian Universalist. Ya know, if you are an atheist, and just lonely on a Sunday morning...
Real pagans, with real moral beliefs are a different matter.
Yeah - and the whole "Xtian" and "Xian" and "gawd" and "Jebus" ... been there. Yeah, as an apostate recovering atheist, I know I am giving away secrets of the coven, but they are indeed offered as mocking slights and insults, with that dash of plausible deniability. Be offended, and if they claim different, know you are dealing with a lying sack of shit who you can dismiss as a liar. Those aren't atheists, but anti-theists; or as I like to call them, the Secular Taliban.
Real atheists, who are secure in their beliefs and who don't fear the name of something they don't believe in, don't have a problem with spelling out the name, capitalizing it properly, and demonstrating respect.