It's not just the oddity of viewing preparation of grains as a religious issue. It's the "people would burn me at the stake...people would shun me. I was scared to go against the flow."
Aside from the extra burden of soaking grains, I felt somewhat of a spiritual burden…I actually felt like God wanted me to research this topic and see what there really was to say so that I could tell people about it. You know what? I told God no. I told him I wouldn’t tell people that I didn’t soak grains…and I wouldn’t tell them that for me it was somewhat of a spiritual issue.You know why I said no? I was afraid. I told Barry that people would burn me at the stake…I’d get lots of nasty comments and people would shun me. I was scared to go against the flow. I’ve done tons and tons of reading on the subject – hours and hours of time. I’ve found that while I have no issue with people that want to soak, if you ever mention that you don’t do it, the comments are not so nice – it’s almost like people-bashing.
Over, again, a dietary issue.
That outlook is so alien to me, I have a very hard time believing she's not being self-aggrandizing on some level, although I've been assured by people who actually know her that she's a great lady and in person not at all hung up on getting it "right". And she does sound sincere.
But still? Fussing over whether to post something because most of the people in your little corner of the blogosphere may disagree with you? I don't get it. I guess that's one of the best aspects of hanging around cyberspace with a bunch of libertarians. Divergent views are expected, and even if we may worry about the reception of a particular post, we keep it to ourselves instead of whining to the Internet about it, or pretending that we're being brave in something we type out.