Irish Times Article Tuesday January 23 2007
copied by my own hand -
Pagan Community seeks inclusion in faith talks.
Members of the Pagan Community in Ireland have criticised their exclusion from the first structured talks between the State and various faith groups to discuss areas of common concern.
A Government spokesman said yesterday that there are "no plans at the moment" to include pagans or druidism the talks which are to be formally launched in mid-February.
According to the Government the dialogue will reflect the increasingly diverse range of faith communities in Ireland. The launch next month follows meetings between civil servants and representatives of religious communities on the timetable and agenda.
As well as the main the talks will include the Presbyterian, Methodist, Baptist, Lutheran and Moravian churches. Also invited are - the Religious Society of Friends, Jehovah's Witnesses, the Salvation Army, the Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and Romanian Orthodox Churches, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland, the National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha's of the Republic of Ireland, the Irish Council of Churches, and the Humanist Association of Ireland.
However, last night Con Connor, who describes himself as a pagan and a Celtic druid, said he has written to the Government and asked to be included in the dialogue process. "This is not inclusive. This is not progress. Maybe it is time for the Government to realise that we are out there. Mr Connor, who runs a druid school providing lectures and courses, said there is much misinformation about the pagan community and in particular about Celtic druidism in Ireland today.
Comment on capitalisation.
The small p for Pagan and small d for Druid is exactly as written in the Irish Times. There seems to be a belittling attitude in the spell checker that may reflect the religious persuasion of the author of the spellcheckers employer.
Comment on exclusion.
I did not and do not seek inclusion to represent all Pagans or Druids in Ireland. I, Con Connor, have asked the State to include me as a Pagan Celtic Druid in these talks. I do not represent Pagans or Druids in Ireland. I represent myself, my Grove, my Dru� Dalta� and the 1000+ members of Ireland's Druidschool in some ways but I am not above any of these people. I am not the person in charge of Pagans or Druids in Ireland or anywhere. I am not in a religion. I am not a priest, minister or in between any Pagans or Druids and the Source / God / Goddess.
I use the following code as a guide -
Love life, honour the gods, do no evil, practice bravery and seek wisdom.
My concern is with truth and the freedom to be myself.