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To: EricOKC
You and I appear to agree sir. The law SHOULD be applied equally regardless of religion. That is what this entire thread is about. These Pagans are being treated unfairly specifically because of their religion and that is what i object to.

Be careful of making definitive statements. All we got to go by is a newspaper report from which I infer they are in trouble because of their behavior. Of course, if you act like a pagan your behavior will get you in trouble almost by definition.

Their morals and practices, although not in line with mine, are not for you and I to judge as long as it does not break a law.

No, their souls or their intrinsic value as human beings are not for us to judge. Feel perfectly free to hold negative opinions about another based on what they say and do. Didn't you express a judgement about classygreeneyedblonde a little bit ago? Would that make you a hypocrite according to the position you just expressed?

They have not, so they should not be treated as if they have

The truth is -- assuming the article is accurate -- they aren't being treated as lawbreakers. This is something I kind of picked up on after reading that story for the second or third time.

The town is not kicking them out i.e. revoking the permit, changing zoning etc.

The town is declining to renew their permit. I don't know why the camp needed a permit in the first place -- but it is clear they did and clear that it wasn't permanent. There is a world of difference between not renewing a permit and a criminal prosecution.

512 posted on 11/30/2001 12:02:24 PM PST by Tribune7
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