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Is the thought of pagans begging troubling?
How would the society you live amongst react to overt pagan begging?
Types of begging could be door to door solicitation, street pan handling, off ramp window washing, or even huckster busking with an accordion while wearing a pentacle clad panda bear custom.
Whatever scenario you can imagine a pagan beggar begging in, would it bother you?
I like Philly pagan beggars best.
"Gimme gimme gimme money, gimme gimme gimme money, yeah!"
Don't tell me that isn't worth a dollar.
Why should Pagans be different? The only form of begging I have no problem with is busking. If someone is using their talent to help themselves out of difficulty that is admirable, and some of them are good! The rest of em need to make sure they are not being aggressive.
I hardly ever give to beggars regardless of their religion, I don't think that in a country like Ireland with a pretty good social net to help out the poor I need to give to random people just because they ask me to, I did however encounter an old hobo who sang a little ditty to encourage people to toss him a few quid a while back,the lyrics where something along the lines of 'I am the singing beggar man please give me some money, if you have some money give it to the singing beggar man' he seemed a funny old guy and since he was singing I didn't count it as begging he was entertaining people so I obliged him.
I'm not sure what the general reaction would be but I did have somebody beg from me before saying that if I gave them 2€ they would say a prayer for me, I didn't take them up on it, it was a bit too sale of indulgencyish for my liking.
huckster busking with an accordion while wearing a pentacle clad panda bear custom
I like this.
Busking is best, so long as it's not aggressive.
Buddhist monks beg, so do some Christian orders.
I don't find it disturbing if religious folk beg. I find it disturbing when people beg because they're desperate.
Isn't he AWESOME?!