I don’t know about the rest of you, but for me this is a red flag for concern when I hear it from someone, when they are explaining their behaviors. While it could be said, being a Neopagan is of it’s self shucking the conventions of society, that is both debatable, and minor. Often one hears this sort of comment when something that is highly questionable occurs. It can be from those who decide that they want to “Turn on, tune in, drop out” and honestly that is probably also a minor concern. What people decide to do to their own perceptions, in their own time, is their own business. However if they decide to do it at a public venue, while loudly claiming it is their “pagan right”… then it is something to be concerned about! Pagans have fought tooth and nail to become somewhat accepted by society, and someone deciding they are going to flaunt a law they (and perhaps no one else) dislikes, is both discourteous to the pagan community, and willfully ignorant (of the consequences).
However there are even more dangerous conventions some will flaunt. Sadly one of the most common “conventions” that certain memebers of out community decide they wish to not follow, is the age of consent. I am not one hundred percent sure why males (and it’s almost always males) decide it’s ok to take on female students and then proceed to bed them? I’ve seen the arguments that there is “nothing wrong with sexuality” or “it’s an ancient tradition”. Lets look at both of these.
Indeed there is nothing wrong with “Sexuality” however in the role of teacher, it is our moral obligation to keep ourselves distant from certain aspects of our students. Taking a student on, just because we want to sleep with them, is disingenuous to the student, and ourselves. Also if age is a concern (ie you are breaking the local age of consent laws), you are endangering the entire community, by not keeping it zipped.
Ancient traditions that are no longer observed like this are usually no longer observed for a reason. Indeed other ancient traditions include, cattle raiding your neighbors, single combat to find the truth, and the cutting off of the heads of ones enemies, preserving them in oil, and a keeping them in a cedar box, to bring out to entertain important guests. I sometimes wonder how the people who flaunt sensible laws, under the guise would feel about the reintroduction of some of those other ancient traditions?
Thus the warrior needs to be aware of both the rules of the greater society that we live in, as well as the wishes of the community they serve. If the two are opposed, they need to remind the community of the consequences of actions. While that ides not stop the Warrior from acting for the community it does at least remind the community of a potential outcome of actions. In the end the warrior can always beg out of an action, based upon their own moral compass.