I have very similar thoughts to this, most of the time.
Originally posted on The Allergic Pagan:
Why I hate Neopaganism:
#1 I hate magic. Most Neopagans seem to believe in some form of instrumental or practical magic (i.e., spells). I have complained extensively about this elsewhere. Not only do I not believe in the mechanics of “raising energy” or the premise that intention is power, but I find the notion of controlling nature as a religious practice to be discordant with what I understand as the Neopagan ideal of atunement with nature. I am fortunate to have found a group of like-minded “Naturalist Pagans” and “Humanistic Pagans”.
#2 I hate the “not that kind of Pagan” discussion. Whenever I publicly identify myself as (Neo-)Pagan, I have to immediately follow that up with several qualifiers. I watched my wife do this when she identified me as Pagan to her bishop (the local LDS church leader). She described me as the earth-honoring kind of Pagan, “not the Wiccan kind” of Pagan. She was 100% correct, of course, but I hate having to add qualifiers. I would like to have an identifier that speaks for itself without qualification. For example, my wife does not agree with everything the Mormon church teaches, but she can still unequivocally say “I am Mormon” to others and leave it at that.