Sunday 15 April 2012

About Time Too

Christianity is not the religion of Britain, we were Odinists and Druids before Christianity - and its about time our kids were taught about their ancestral religion and heritage.

Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time.

Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism.

The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group.
Faiths: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft

Required learning: Schoolchildren in Cornwall will soon be studying pagan religions like druidism, above, and witchcraft

It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’.

The syllabus adds that areas of study should include ‘the importance of pre-Christian sites for modern pagans’.


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And an accompanying guide says that pupils should ‘understand the basic beliefs’ of paganism and suggests children could discuss the difficulties a practising pagan pupil might face in school.

But the council’s initiative has dismayed some Christian campaigners, who are alarmed that a religion once regarded as a fringe eccentricity is increasingly gaining official recognition.

Critics point out that according to the council’s own estimates there are only between 600 and 750 pagans in Cornwall out of a total population of 537,400.

Mike Judge, Christian Institute spokesman, said: ‘Religious education is squeezed already – there’s barely enough time to cover Christianity and the other major religions.

'Introducing paganism is just faddish and has more to do with the political correctness of teachers than the educational needs of children.’
Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia

Spells: Cornish witches Cassandra Latham-Jones, left, and partner Laetitia

However, Neil Burden, the council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said that the move would give children ‘access to the broad spectrum of religious beliefs’.

The council said the teaching of Christianity still accounted for nearly two-thirds of religious education in its schools.

Paganism encompasses numerous strands, from druids, who believe themselves to be practitioners of the ancient faith of pre-Christian Britain, to wiccans – modern witches who gather in covens – and shamans, who engage with the spirit of the land.

Cornish pagans include witches Cassandra and Laetitia Latham-Jones, who dress in robes, own broomsticks and a black cat and cast spells. Their website says they offer baby blessings, psychic house cleansings and spells to suit particular situations.

Cornwall Council’s initiative follows the 2010 decision by the Charity Commission to recognise druidism as a religion.

Jailed druids and pagans are also now allowed to take twigs or ‘magic wands’ into their cells, although they are barred from wearing a hooded robe.

According to the 2001 national census, there are about 40,000 pagans in England and Wales, though some estimate that the true figure is now far higher.

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1 comment:

Jay Lee said...

Perhaps they should also teach about the Anglo-Saxons in Women's studies, and how much more equal they were with men. This all changed after the Norman invasion when women's rights were severly curtailed and they became legally dependent upon male relatives. It was not until the 'Married Women's Property Act' of 1882 that many of the pre-conquest rights were restored.

Pre Christian religions and races are constantly ridiculed and denigrated, it's time to fight back. Christians like to smugly snigger at a beleief in (say) using wands in incantations etc, but then in the next breath are telling us about walking on water, rising from the dead, and being born from a virgin!

Christianity, Islam and Judaism are militant religions from the East, alien to White Europe, and who imposed themselves by the sword.