We started using words such as "Wicca" and "Wiccan" to differentiate ourselves from the public's negative associations of witchcraft and that worked well... for a while.
At first people did not know what a Wiccan was so they would listen with an open mind. But then these words became trendy and well known outside the Pagan community. This inevitably led to "Wiccans" being misrepresented by shows such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed, and the fundamentalists were quick to taint "Wicca" with their anti-Pagan propaganda.
The fact is, non-Pagans who judge you for your Pagan beliefs don't care what Paganism is - especially fundamentalist Christians. Do you really think there is ANYTHING you can do on your end to appease these people other than convert and "be saved"? You can try to sugar coat your beliefs as much as you want and sacrifice your individuality and freedom of expression in the process, but that will get you no where. I am sorry but I don't intend to do that. They have the problem, not me, and I will not make it worse by pussy footing around them. I apologize if my choice of using the word "dark" was enough to rattle your uneasy co-existence with fundamentalists. If I didn't do it, it would just be a matter of time before they found something else to hate you for.
John J. Coughlin (aka "Dark Wyccan")