Britain recognizes Druidry as religion for first time, gives it charitable status

I guess I didn’t know that Druidry was not recognized in Britain as a religion. This is a wonderful step forward. As Christianity becomes more political every year, people need to see that there are other wonderful options out there for spirituality.

Britain recognized Druidry, an ancient belief that worships deities that take different forms in nature, as a religion for the first time and gave it charitable status on Saturday.

“There is a sufficient belief in a supreme being or entity to constitute a religion for the purposes of charity law,” declared the Charity Commission for England and Wales in response to the Druid Network’s application.

The decision will give the neo-pagan religion, known for its cloaked worshippers at Stonehenge (above, in 1999) and other sites, tax advantages and is expected to lead to broader acceptance.

“This has been a long hard struggle taking over five years to complete,” said the Druid Network, which is based in England, in a statement on its website.

via Britain recognizes Druidry as religion for first time, gives it charitable status – CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs.

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