Over the past few weeks, however, I have had two emails that certainly didn't delight me. They were both in relation to blog entries I had written about a project being organised by a non-profit making group.
I didn't think I had written anything anyone could have been offended over. How wrong I was.
The first email I received said:
"The group have asked me to ask you to stop writing the blog ... they also said that due to your ways if the group is assocated with you in any way they will not get any funding or grants etc as these group of people dont look to kindly to other ways of living that isnt normal..."
Shortly after that, I got another email:
"I am writing to you on the instruction of the Officers of [group name supplied].As you can see, I have removed the names of the people who emailed me and the name of the group involved from the excerpts above. I also went back through my entries and removed the name of the organisation, the website details and email address where it had appeared in the past, as requested.
"It has come to the Group's notice that our website, e-mail addressesand other associate information are being publicized on your website.I understand that permission to use this information was given to youby [name supplied]. Unfortunately, [name supplied] did not have the supportof the Officers of the Group when she gave you this permission. Ishould be grateful, therefore, if you would remove all and any mentionof the [group name supplied] from your website.
"Thank you for your kind attention in this respect."
To be honest, I wasn't under any legal obligation to do this. No one needs permission to put group names and website details in a blog. There is also nothing illegal in writing factual accounts of public events and activities.
I am certainly not going to "stop writing the blog" simply because someone asks me to, but if someone really doesn't want their name mentioned, I am more than happy to go along with their wishes.
Many people do still fear prejudice if their names are associated with witchcraft. I very much doubt that this group would have lost its funding simply because a witch wrote something about it, but many witches are still scared of the consequences if their wage-payers find out about their spiritual beliefs.
This does seem a sad state of affairs, considering that we live in a society that is supposed to tolerate people with different faiths and beliefs. At least witchcraft is no longer illegal in the UK - or punishable by hanging.