I must say I'm a bit perplexed this morning, after a friend rang my up to tell me that the daily mail were at it again with their anti - pagan articles. (Link to the offending article to follow)
Now after the last outrage with the Melanie Phillips article it seems that the daily mail have made a few changes to the way they run things, like actually doing research for their articles, although after reading through it i can see at least 3 different articles that have previously been written which seems to have been cut and pasted into it to make it seem more well researched...
so if you've read it before continuing along mine, i will go through it point by point...
How is this unreflective to British society? As a Christian society we celebrate Christmas and Easter along with other Christian communities around the world also celebrating saints days and halloween (all saints day/ day of the dead) (Christmas being placed near the Pagan celebration of Yule which is the rebirth of the sun in the darkest part of the year. Sound familiar? & Easter being another Pagan festival celebrating new life coming to the winter-dead lands around us, Which the Christians plonked the crucifiction on, and correct me if I'm wrong but last time I checked, there wasn't a great big Rabbit/Hare giving out chocolate eggs somewhere in the middle east 2000 years ago... more Pagan symbolism which has been intergrated into Christian soceity to apease the Romans when their armies were half newly Christian converts, and die hard Pagans!
How is looking to our national heritage and trying to get back to our historical roots not reflecting British society? Gods only know!
Regarding Paganism and Cults there is a scale that is essential in determining a religion as a cult and this is the Bonewitz Cult Danger Scale. (http://www.unc.edu/~reddeer/tenets/00_bonewits.scale.html)
This is a scale which measures the "Cult-ism" of a group and I believe is used by the FBI and other big official bodies (just hearsay, but quite strongly believable hearsay)
Now here is a little experiment, compare your group that you are a part of to this scale, and then compare any big religion to it, i have christianity in mind but you choose which ever one you want. please comment with your results... it'll be interesting to see!
For this particular Paragraph I have no excuses or explinations for. I have heard that during the summer Solstice that alot of non-Pagan people go there for a rave, and whether that contributes to it, I have no doubt, but there are litter bugs and people wanting to make their mark in any religion, I've been to churches where the same has been done, where its seeing "Bob woz ere 98" or whatever, but the whole concept of religion is the idea of permanance the idea that there is something bigger than ourselves that will be here to remember us even when we are gone, whether that be a father like figure sitting up in the clouds or whether is the whisper of the wind in the trees. There are also people that say that they are of a particular religion or belife that actually do it as a status thing that have no interest or knowledge of the reasons behind things.
Well i've gone throught the article and I've picked off all the skin, and I'm hopefully leaving anyone reading this article alittle bit better informed that before.
Quick note before I depart: always take anything you read in papers (I can name one in particular) or on the internet with a pinch of salt and if you're interested in it, always follow it up with research. There is nothing worse than listening to an ignorant person spouting off on a topic they know nothing about!
Ciao for now!