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Paganism could join the six world religions taught in county schools

By This is Lincolnshire  |  Posted: November 09, 2010

Paganism could join the six world religions taught in county schools

Pagans see the natural year as a model of spiritual growth and renewal.

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PAGANISM could be taught in Lincolnshire's schools after the issue was raised with the county's religious education advisor.

The question of whether Paganism should join the six world religions on the curriculum was raised with Lincolnshire County Council's body for religious education.

The board, due to meet again today, left the topic open for discussion after the RE advisor said she would look into the issue.

Minutes from a meeting of the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education (Sacre) in March said: "The RE advisor reported she had looked into the query about Paganism forming part of the school curriculum.

"It was determined this covered a broad range of beliefs and practices.

"However, there was no direct guidance about whether it should be included, and it was left to the individual schools to make the decision about whether to include it.

"The RE adviser told the committee she would keep her eye on the situation and report back should there be any developments."

The Pagan religion venerates nature and worships many deities, both goddesses and gods.

The cycle of the natural year is seen by most Pagans as a model of spiritual growth and renewal, and as a sequence marked by festivals which offer access to different divinities according to their affinity with different times of year.

In October, Druidry was recognised as a religion in Britain for the first time. The Charity Commission accepted it as a faith and gave it the charitable status afforded to other religious groups.

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    Draffydd, Planet Earth  |  February 27 2011, 7:17PM

    Thankyou Emo Philips, it's time to air this again: Once I saw this guy on a bridge about to jump. I said, "Don't do it!" He said, "Nobody loves me." I said, "God loves you. Do you believe in God?" He said, "Yes." I said, "Are you a Christian or a Jew?" He said, "A Christian." I said, "Me, too! Protestant or Catholic?" He said, "Protestant." I said, "Me, too! What franchise?" He said, "Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Baptist or Southern Baptist?" He said, "Northern Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist or Northern Liberal Baptist?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist." I said, "Me, too! Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region, or Northern Conservative Baptist Eastern Region?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region." I said, "Me, too!" Northern Conservative¿Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1879, or Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912?" He said, "Northern Conservative Baptist Great Lakes Region Council of 1912." I said, "Die, heretic!" And I pushed him over.

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    Angie, Ohio  |  November 11 2010, 9:27PM

    "Those cranks in the picture look like their wired up to the moon. I thought we lived in a secular society! It would appear the nutters are taking over the schools and brainwashing the kids whilst young what I want to know is why are the government allowing it to happen its 2010 not 1410. " My first comment is regarding the "cranks in the picture", Have you seen the way the Catholic church dresses in their ceremonial garb, talk about freaks! And second yes this is 2010 not 1410, that is exactly why people are able to have their own religious views and are finally able to feel free to express them with out fearing execution or burning at the stake. I live in the US and this country was founded for religious freedoms but still to this day if you are not Christian or Catholic your views are considered wrong and you are labeled a freak. Tell me how this is right or just. I was raised Christian but do not believe in an invisible god nor am I sure if I believe in multiple gods or goddesses but I do enjoy learning about different religions and learning their origins, why should we deny our children, our future this luxury. Denying the right to learn anything is wrong and child abuse!

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    Steve, Notts  |  November 10 2010, 10:51PM

    amber, Tucson, AZ It has not become necessary to have a debate on beliefs.

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    Mr Sneer, Derision on the Wold  |  November 10 2010, 4:49PM

    "So do tell me why religion is so untouchable." This is something I have often wondered. If someone says that (for example) they believe Ed Miliband is the best man to lead the country then everyone else is perfectly at liberty to say why they think that is utter bunkum. Yet if someone says they believe in an invisible sky pixie who watches your every move and reads your every thought and will send you to place of eternal torment if you're naughty then we're supposed to treat that with the utmost reverence and respect...

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    Trouble Maker, Home  |  November 10 2010, 4:21AM

    @Will. Not all religions are about Gods!

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    Will, The Shire  |  November 10 2010, 3:41AM

    So do tell me why religion is so untouchable. In the usual ignorant form, the majority of posters who have made reference to my initial post are against it. Why? Because you're worried that someone might get offended that I don't know enough about their imaginary friend(s)? I'm sorry, but if you want me to respect your beliefs, prove to me that there's reasons for me to do so, such as a god of some sort actually existing.

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    Gnome Chomsky, Stonehenge  |  November 09 2010, 8:46PM

    I'm intrigued that the Standing Advisory Council on Religious Education need an RE advisor. What expertise do the rest of the experts bring to the table?

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    amber, Tucson, AZ  |  November 09 2010, 6:39PM

    regardless of your own beliefs or lack of.. it has become necessary to have at least a basic understanding of others cultures and beliefs... we no longer live in homogeneous communities... i wish we could get the American communities to understand this and have elective classes.. but as long as the puritanical christian right and the extreme constitutionalists have control that will never happen.. much to our loss...

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    Steve, Saxilby  |  November 09 2010, 6:36PM

    Jim.. at least your examples are based on fact. Those cranks in the picture look like their wired up to the moon. I thought we lived in a secular society! it would appear the nutters are taking over the schools and brainwashing the kids whilst young what i want to know is why are the government allowing it to happen its 2010 not 1410.

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    Jim, ...  |  November 09 2010, 6:12PM

    I'd say X-Factorism, Celebratyism & Materialism are the leading religions in this country.

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