Wicca: Answering the Critics Sometimes it isn’t easy being a Wicca. There is so much misinformation about the Wiccan religion and if you are open about your beliefs, it is inevitable that you will encounter some very strange opinions. For most of us who are Wicca, it is very disconcerting to have our beliefs misrepresented and/or attacked, because our religion is one that accepts and respects others. The best way to deal with misconceptions about Wicca is with real information about our religion. Here are some of the myths that surround being Wiccan and some easy answers you can give to people who are confused about what being Wicca means. Wicca is not a cult. After all, there is no one “right” way to be a Wicca. In general, Wiccans find and determine their own paths and beliefs according to what feels best to them. Does that sound narrow? Also, there is no overall leadership in the Wiccan religion. Even in covens, the leader (if there is one), is not someone who exercises power over others. Wiccans are in no way encouraged to abandon their previous lives or those who are not Wiccan. To the contrary, doing so would not be considered a positive move. Lastly, Wiccans never engage in trying to convert people to their religion. To counter these beliefs it is a good idea to explain the Wiccan Rede and the law of return. Explain that for a Wiccan, cursing someone is unethical and unwise because according to our beliefs that negative energy will come back to us multiplied.