Skip to comments.Druids recognized as religion for first time in UK
Posted on 10/02/2010 2:10:14 PM PDT by TaraP
LONDON Druids have been worshipping the sun and earth for thousands of years in Europe, but now they can say they're practicing an officially recognized religion.
The ancient pagan tradition best known for gatherings at Stonehenge every summer solstice has been formally classed as a religion under charity law for the first time in Britain, the national charity regulator said Saturday. That means Druids can receive exemptions from taxes on donations and now have the same status as such mainstream religions as the Church of England.
Adrian Rooke, a Druid who works as a counselor, said Druidry appeals to people who are turning away from monotheistic religions but still long for an aspect of spirituality in their lives.
"It uplifts the spirit," he said. "The world is running out of resources, and in that context it's more important to people now to formulate a relationship with nature."
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Are they going to sacrifice their leaders, so they can read the future in their entrails while they writhe around?
No. They’ll save that for the peasants.
I was an Elfin Druid when I was 12, I got better.
They already have...
Wait, wait, wait!
The article is totally erroneous. These modern Druids are a rather recent invention, and they are not descendants of the original Druids. The historical Druids themselves have nothing to do with Stonehenge, which is thousands of years older still.
Modern Druidism is a synthetic religion having nothing by name and a few superficial similarities with the original Druids.
It's a tough job, but some body’s got to do it.
Link to Wicca at the US Air Force Academy. Some pagans got upset when a cross was placed at their site.
Complete humbug. Not just their doctrine, which goes without saying, but the claim that today’s “Druids” have anything more to do with the Druids of ancient times than both being located in the British Isles. Neo-Druidism is as much a modern made-up religion as L. Ron Hubbard’s Scientology.
Other than Roman descriptions, which are almost certainly unreliable (either that or the ancient Druids really practiced human sacrifice), we know nothing about the praxis of ancient Druidism, and nothing at all about its doctrine.
'.... Seated again on the Chair of Estate, Elizabeth then took the coronation Oath as administered by the Archbishop of Canterbury. In the lengthy oath, the Queen swore to govern each of her countries according to their respective laws and customs, to mete out law and justice with mercy, to uphold Protestantism in the United Kingdom and protect the Church of England and preserve its bishops and clergy. She proceeded to the altar where she stated "The things which I have here promised, I will perform, and keep. So help me God," before kissing the Bible and putting the royal sign-manual to the oath as the Bible was returned to the Dean of Westminster....'
You answered the question that immediately popped into my mind - i.e. how much (if anything) do these guys have to do with the original Druids?
Do these guys practice human sacrifice?
If yes they should be locked up for murder.
If no then they are just a bunch of posers and people should feel free to point and snicker.
So did the Romans for that matter.
You actually think the ancient Druids and their modern hippy-trippy descendants are ‘demonic’?.
Firstly, druidism has a long place in British history which long predates Christianity. So we have every right ro recognise it. Or are we only supposed to celebrate Christianity?.
Secondly, this version is basically a hippy trippy version, a harmless modern bit of new age. About as evil and demonic as worry stones and crystals.
Oh grow up.
Druidism has a long history in Britain, and it long predates Christianity. So why shouldnt we recognise it?. And this version is a harmless new age version, middle aged hippies with crystals and white shawls.
You honestly think this is a sign of cultural destruction?.
If we in the UK horrify you so much, kindly dont come over. Frankly, the last thing we need is silly and hysterical Yanks like you.
Go look at the history of paganism and how it treats people.
London has the highest crime rate in the world. Why would I want to go there and subject myself to that?
The Old Testament is a brutal tract, where God kills, forces a father to sacrifice his son, and says that anyone eating shellfish must be killed. Does that make all of Christianity or all Christians brutal and vicious?. Of course not.
Yes, ancient paganism was brutal. So was life then. All religions and cultures then were to our modern eyes brutal and vicious.
You cannot compare then to the new age religions now, which are nothing but rather silly hippies and their ‘dreamcatchers’, worry stones and blue healing crystals. The Druids in Britain 2010 are a bunch of aging hippies who live perfectly normal suburban lives.
Are you seriously suggesting that only pagan religions were and are brutal?. I find it frightening that in 2010 that people can get so hysterical about the ‘evils’ of paganism.
The worst thing about new age paganism/new age-ism is its banality.
Bet youre one of the people who thinks Harry Potter is demonic......
We already discussed this on a previous thread, a thread where you strangely failed to respond to my post explaining the various British crime rates. So Ill do it again...
1The UK dosent have a general crime rate. There are seperate crime rates for England/Wales, Scotland and NI.
2The crime rate is higher per capita because Britain overall has TWENTY EIGHT crimes that come under violent crime on the statute books. Much more than America.
3Americas murder rate is much higher than ours. Your gun death and gun murder rates are skyhigh compared to ours. You have 75% of the worlds serial killers roaming your streets.
AND YOU ARE SCARED TO COME HERE?......
Enjoy your ‘safe’ America.