Fellow Wiccans, is it time to take our religion underground again?
I'm playing Devil's advocate here, so please bear with me. :-)
Fellow Wiccans, should we take our religion underground again? (Well, as underground as it ever was, and as underground as the Gardnerians are today.) Looking at the influx of "Charmed" and "Buffy"-inspired people, or those who presume that reading a book or two makes them an expert, would it be better to practice in the "old way", where a seeker had to work like the dickens to find a coven, take oaths of secrecy, and pass many tests and a year-and-a-day outer court to even be considered for membership? Would this result in a more consistent and higher quality profile (so to speak) for our religion?
Or is the current openness of Wicca overall a good thing?
As always, thanks to everyone who takes the time to respond.