October 27, 2010

Thank you Phil Ryder!

Phil Ryder - Chairman of the Trustees for the Druid NetworkThere has been a lot of news reports about the Druid Network receiving recognition by the Charity Commission in the UK.  The Lancashire Telegraph is reporting that Phil Ryder, of Richmond Terrace, led the campaign.  Phil is the Druid Network trustees chairman. After a four-year fight, the Charity Commission recognised Druidry(sic) as a religion which qualifies it tax breaks.  As a 501(c)(3) organization in the US, we understand the importance of such recognition.  Most Americans don't understand how different it is in a country with an established religion and that religious diversity is new there.  Thank you Phil.  Your victory there paves the way for others to follow both in the UK and in other countries.   

I found it interesting that Phil mentioned some of the places Druids in Lancashire meet and worship.  Popular spots Sunnyhurst Woods, in Darwen, and Pendle Hill. I hope to get an invite when I visit the UK.

For more information see: Darwen man wins Druid campaign (From Lancashire Telegraph)

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