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Pukon_the_Treen

Druids Officially Recognised as a Religion

Nice one.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11457795

I hope neopaganism starts to get a mention in school RE classes; the creation of a new religious movement is a fascinating enough phenomenon in it's own right to be worth the study.

Where's Oak King? Mind you, I thinkhe's a Wiccan.
foolfodder

I don't want any religions to be recognised by the state, but if they have to be then the more the better.
cyberman

foolfodder wrote:
I don't want any religions to be recognised by the state


Why?
Oak-King

Re: Druids Officially Recognised as a Religion

Pukon_the_Treen wrote:
Nice one.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11457795

I hope neopaganism starts to get a mention in school RE classes; the creation of a new religious movement is a fascinating enough phenomenon in it's own right to be worth the study.

Where's Oak King? Mind you, I thinkhe's a Wiccan.


Indeed I am a Wiccan. Interestingly I have been approached by my local school to introduce neo paganism to the RE classes.
FastFlint

Oak - I imagine that if you had come into my school, it would have brightened up the rather dry RE lessons no end

Let us know how you get on!
Lexilogio

FastFlint wrote:
Oak - I imagine that if you had come into my school, it would have brightened up the rather dry RE lessons no end

Let us know how you get on!


It would be good to see RE lessons in school covering a wider variety.
Oak-King

FastFlint wrote:
Oak - I imagine that if you had come into my school, it would have brightened up the rather dry RE lessons no end

Let us know how you get on!


Oh I shall but I have to admit to finding the whole thing rather terrifying.
jeremyp

cyberman wrote:
foolfodder wrote:
I don't want any religions to be recognised by the state


Why?

At most, only one religion is the correct one.  Why should the followers of all the incorrect ones get official recognition just because they act out their fantasies more than others?
jeremyp

foolfodder wrote:
I don't want any religions to be recognised by the state, but if they have to be then the more the better.

The UK Borders Agency is about to publish an electronic version of their asylum support form.  The religion drop down list has more than 100 religions in it.  Some of them are:

Agnostic
Ancestral Worship
Animist
Anthroposophist
Atheist
Black magic (yes, really!)
Deist
Druid (of course)
Goddess
Heathen
Humanist
Lightworker
New Age Practitioner
Occultist
Not religious
Religion not given
Religion unknown
Satanist
Secularist

There are also about 50 different versions of Christianity and quite a lot of different versions of Islam, Hindu , Judaism and Buddhism
Shaker

jeremyp wrote:
cyberman wrote:
foolfodder wrote:
I don't want any religions to be recognised by the state


Why?

At most, only one religion is the correct one.  Why should the followers of all the incorrect ones get official recognition just because they act out their fantasies more than others?

But until such time as we can work out which, if any, is the correct version, as far as legal recogition goes it has to be a level playing field - either none of them or every man jack of them.
Andy

Quote:
At most, only one religion is the correct one.


Why?

Is God so demure as to only have one way of communicating with man?


[sigh]
Lexilogio

I think the question comes down to the purpose of religious education.

If you are educating to encourage belief - then you should only do that in any "true" religion. Which is why that would belong only in the the religious communities themselves.

If you are educating to encourage understanding and tolerance, then it is irrelevant whether there is any truth in the belief or not - what you are teaching is a basic understanding of why people with certain beliefs behave in a certain way - eg. Why Sikhs wear a turban, why some people don't eat certain foods, etc...
FastFlint

I agree with JP - its seems that the right to hold any view you like on religion (though not to act on them.....) is fair - that the state should be associated with any one in particular appears wrong

My understanding that in the more religious USA, there is a legal separation of state and church and that some of the nuttier right wingers want to bring in a theocracy to replace what they see as a secular state. They are nuts, but there you are!

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