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Well, as quite a lot of you know...
Druidry has been given official status as a religion in the UK!!!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11457795

Druidry to be classed as religion by Charity Commission
Druidry is flourishing more now than at any time since the arrival of Christianity to Britain
Druidry is to become the first pagan practice to be given official recognition as a religion.

The Charity Commission has accepted that druids' worship of natural spirits could be seen as religious activity.

The Druid Network's charitable status entitles it to tax breaks, but the organisation says it does not earn enough to benefit from this.

The commission says the network's work in promoting druidry as a religion is in the public interest.

The move comes thousands of years after the first druids worshipped in Britain.
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It is great, really. Well deserved. I was never really a Druid by the way for those who don't know but did have a Bardic initiation once...
It basically means they can be taken a lot more seriously than Pagan religions have been in the past.
Considering the Charity Commission have accepted the crazy UCKG church and the Jehovah's Witnesses and those churches do direct HARM to people, I do think the Druids and other Pagan groups have been a lot more deserving. It also makes sense that it should be the Druids first, since they originate in this country, although you could also say the same for Wicca really I guess.
So...have to post a clip of my favourite Druid musician, Damh the Bard...:)

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