For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Call the average pagan a Satanist and you will get a predictable response, "Satan is a construct of the Christian church and does not even exist in most pagan pantheons, how can I be a Satanist if I'm not Christian?" Fair enough.
I am certain however that using the word Satan in an article on topic would not give offence to pagans (I've seen it done many times.)
Now try using the word F.U.C.K.
F.U.C.K. is also a Christian construct and a Christian crime, For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (that is sex out of wedlock). You might get a different reaction to this Christian word, I did.
In writing a biography for a pagan magazine, I was instructed to change the word <fucking> to <flipin'> because: "we don't want to offend anybody"
Just to give you the context of the offence; I used it in the phrase,
"I have been involved in the C.R.A.F.T. for a long, long time."
(Can't Remember A Fucking Thing)
Now perhaps people would be offended because I was using a Christian word as an adverb that is normally a verb that describes a favorite pagan past time (sex), but I don't think that was what was the Editor was getting at. I have been around a lot of pagans and I have heard the word F.U.C.K. many, many times as a noun, verb, adjective, and yes, an adverb. This doesn't seem to say pagans are offended for Christian overtones.
As an example, this was overheard at a recent Sabbat celebration; "This fucking ritual is fucking fucked!" Showing an amazing command of the word F.U.C.K. as adjective, adverb, and verb in the same sentence. Although several participants disagreed with the linguist's critique, none seemed at odds with his use of the Christian F-word.
So why was the editor of this magazine trying to censor me?
Could this be left over Christian morality?
The Magazine claimed to be "A Voice for Pagans"
Am I not a Pagan?
Is this not my voice?
I ask you dear reader, what offends you more?