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Druids recognized as religion for first time in UK
Yahoo News ^ | October 2nd, 2010

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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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: archaeoastronomy; faithandphilosophy; malthusian; megaliths; unitedkingdom
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To: the scotsman

The Muzzies weren’t as big of an influence back then as they are today.

Let me ask you something. Why do you differentiate yourself from Britons and the Welsh when it is supposed to be the UNITED Kingdom?


51 posted on 10/03/2010 12:53:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: the scotsman

You do understand that if the Argies decide to take the Falklands again that the UK would not be able to muster a naval flotilla like it did in ‘82?


52 posted on 10/03/2010 12:55:38 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: the scotsman
...if we in the UK horrify you so much, kindly dont come over...

But horror's the attraction, Scotty. To compare the country that produced Nelson, Wilberforce and Churchill with today's UK: the IPCC, BA cabin staff sacked for wearing crosses, and Hogarthian images of drunken Brits vomiting in the street. Train wrecks are fascinating.

53 posted on 10/03/2010 3:57:04 PM PDT by Byron_the_Aussie (Michelle Obama, The Early Years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBYGxBlFOSU)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Britain is Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Britons/Britain/UK does NOT mean England or English.

And the UK/GB is a state made up of four nations, all of us with different and similar histories and cultures. So I can truly say that I am both Scottish and British. They arent mutually exclusive.

Also, Scotland and NI have seperate education and legal systems and different national churches to England and Wales.

I can still see the other three peoples as my British brothers whilst observing the differences.


54 posted on 10/03/2010 6:28:07 PM PDT by the scotsman
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To: Jack Hydrazine

A—Actually we would.

B—The Argies would never get off the beach. The garrison in the Falklands is massively bigger than the 50 RM’s in 1982. Any invasion would get torn to ribbons.


55 posted on 10/03/2010 6:29:34 PM PDT by the scotsman
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