*Sigh* See, I shoulda gone to KZN uni instead of UJ... oh well... it didn't work out, either way, lol.
2008 definitely seems to be the Year of the Pagan, ne? I think we're going in the right direction. It's only a matter of time before we become accepted... over the years, old prejudices fade. Look at homosexuality, for instance. As few as ten, twenty years ago it was illegal in many, many countries, including Apartheid SA, to be gay. If I was an adult back then, I'd have been unable to hold a job, or unable to come out at all. Now... I work at a preschool, and my boss is a very religious Christian... I was terrified to come out to her, I was convinced I'd be forced to leave, but I did so last Wednesday... and she was totally cool with it. She said that the important thing was that I make the kids happy - being gay doesn't change who I am as a person. She actually said that. You think it would have been acceptable even a decade ago? I don't.
It's the same with Paganism. There's stigma surrounding it (and a great deal of it stems from certain parts of the Bible in the Abrahamic faiths, much like homosexuality). BUT, as time is passing, day by day the stigma is worn away. Gradually people are finding that they know someone (or know someone who knows someone) who is Pagan... and hey, turns out we're not evil spawn of Satan after all. Day by day, even though it's slow, peoples' perceptions of what a Pagan is are changing. Maybe the government as it is right now does not entirely accept us. But ultimately the government is of the people, and when perceptions start changing among the people, it ripples out to the government.
"Make haste slowly", as the saying goes. And we're doing that.