"Modern Pagans believe in deities that don't punish."Modern Pagans believe in deities that don't punish.
If these deities don't punish, they also don't need recognition or worship.
So people must be in these religions simply for the power they take from the rituals themselves ... such as bringing down the goddess to feel LIKE a goddess.
There's a lot of ego in believing the self to be a powerful witch.
From my perspective, it's not about any deities at all. It's about self-indulgence in the idea of being in control and "owning" the power.
Says who? You're just lying again, June. Who are YOU to speak for all modern Pagans?