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« on: October 02, 2010, 04:00:46 PM »

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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.

The move gives an old practice new validity, said Phil Ryder, the chairman of the 350-member Druid Network.
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« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2010, 04:09:30 PM »

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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.

The move gives an old practice new validity, said Phil Ryder, the chairman of the 350-member Druid Network.
I think the Jedi are next.
Isn't the leader the Archbishop of the anglican Church a Practicing Druid as well...I think it was mentioned on this forum before...
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« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2010, 04:20:40 PM »

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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.

The move gives an old practice new validity, said Phil Ryder, the chairman of the 350-member Druid Network.
I think the Jedi are next.
Isn't the leader the Archbishop of the anglican Church a Practicing Druid as well...I think it was mentioned on this forum before...

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« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2010, 04:29:55 PM »

He was inducted as a 'druid' to the Gorsedd of the Bards, a society for preserving Welsh culture.  It has nothing to do with paganism
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2010, 07:33:45 AM »

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/religion/8036952/Druidry-recognised-as-religion-in-Britain-for-first-time.html
The Druid Network has been given charitable status by the Charity Commission for England and Wales, the quango that decides what counts as a genuine faith as well as regulating fundraising bodies.
It guarantees the modern group, set up in 2003, valuable tax breaks but also grants the ancient religion equal status to more mainstream denominations. This could mean that Druids, the priestly caste in Celtic societies across Europe, are categorised separately in official surveys of religious believers
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« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2010, 12:58:39 PM »

I've merged two similar topics.
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