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PostSubject: Pagan prisoners allowed to have twig 'wands' in cells   Sun 8 Feb 2009 - 18:04

Prisoners of a Pagan faith have won the right to keep a twig in there cell to be used as a wand, under new freedom of religion rulings.



Prison bosses have been instructed to let pagan inmates keep twigs in their cells...to use as wands.
Officers have been told to allow prisoners to collect and decorate the twigs which they need for their rituals.
It is the latest in a series of rulings to protect convicts' rights and ensure equality among different faiths.
Followers of other faiths are allowed items such as a prayer mat to allow them to worship.
The policy regarding pagans was announced by Justice Reform Minister Maria Eagle in a parliamentary answer.
She said: "Prison service policy is to enable prisoners of different faith traditions, including paganism, to practise their religion.
"Religious artefacts are allowed for relevant faiths within the constraints of good order and discipline. The religious artefacts for pagan prisoners include a flexible twig for a wand."
Tory prisons spokesman Edward Garnier said: "This sounds like an April Fool's Day joke. But there's genuine concern prisoners are taking the system for a ride."
Conservative MP Andrew Turner, who uncovered the new ruling, added: "This strikes me as bizarre. A lot of people would be worried about equating paganism with Christianity."

Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-565823/Pagan-prisoners-win-right-magic-wand-twigs-cells-new-religious-freedom-rules.html


What do you think of this rulinng - fair, a step in the right direction or a joke and just another prisoner luxury or weapon? let us know.


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PostSubject: Re: Pagan prisoners allowed to have twig 'wands' in cells   Fri 13 Feb 2009 - 1:23

well what do you think Helen?
its a basic human right for everyone to follow their chosen spiritual path
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PostSubject: Re: Pagan prisoners allowed to have twig 'wands' in cells   Fri 13 Feb 2009 - 16:46

I absolutley think they should be allowed to have a wand - what would happen if a Christian wasn't allowed a bible or a Muslim a prayer mat??

There needs to be a serious shake up as there seems to be some that think Paganism is nothing more than a pretend religion - when of course it is far from that - I do not know of specific figures - but the religion is growing in strength and numbers, with many feeling they can finally be open about the Pagan or Wiccan path they have chosen.

Just who does this guy think he is -

Conservative MP Andrew Turner, who uncovered the new ruling, added: "This strikes me as bizarre. A lot of people would be worried about equating paganism with Christianity." -

He uncovers the ruling and then calls it bizarre......


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