I visited the Stonehenge some years ago and was stunted by its uniqueness, grand construction and its mystical meaning more than ten thousand years ago. Ten thousand years is a short time in Earth history but is long for human civilization. The bible says the universe was created eight thousand years ago. So the Stonehenge has existed before the Christian universe was even created, a laugh for the religion delusion.
Archeological findings suggested that the Stonehenge was probably erected by the Druids for religious purposes. Druidry was an ancient religion popular in the Celtic but most religions in the western world were persecuted by Christians many centuries ago. The news below shows that in a more democratic world nowadays, religions are free to go and old ones are coming back.
Druidry is now properly given the status of a religion for the purpose of the charity law. That means it can now claim a tax-exemption status on grounds of the advancement of religion for public benefit and no other purpose. Actually, there is no need to be religious to be charitable. Charity comes from the heart and not from the instruction of god. Nevertheless, being a charitable organization in the name of religion is a fast way to gain trust, with the law helping out the delusion.
Congratulation to the resurrection of a ten thousand years religion. It could mean a peace of mind for many millions of Celtics. I just hope they do not claim the Stonehenge as their cathedral so that it remains open to all to admire.
October 2nd, 2010
03:47 PM ET
CNN’s Belief Blog
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. In some ways, Druidry in Britain is catching up to Druids and other neo-pagans in the United States, which already provides tax-exempt status for religious groups, said Marty Laubach, Associate Professor of Sociology at Marshall University.
The British commission noted that Druidry “is animistic and based on a belief that everything has a spiritual dimension.” It also said that the religion recognizes deities within nature and conducts worship ceremonies. The Druid Network, which has about 350 members, sought charitable status for “the advancement of religion for public benefit and no other purpose,” the commission said in its ruling.
Druidry has no asserted dogma, the network said in its application. It added that members associate their gods with the moon, fertility, rain, love and other forces. Druids were members of the learned class among ancient Celts, acting as priests, judges and teachers. They performed human and animal sacrifices and worshiped in forests in western Europe, Britain and Ireland.