May 15, 2010

Wyoming prison supports volunteer faith-based organizations, including Druid

The Star-Herald (Scottsbluff, Nebraska) reported that the new Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution
Torrington, WY.) is teaming up with its host community in more ways
than one.  The article indicates that, "
Among the many religions and volunteer faith-based organizations
represented are American Indian, Baptist, Catholic, Islamic/Muslim,
Jewish, Mennonite and Wiccan/Druid. A sweat lodge is also under

It is always wonderful to see alternate religions included with mainstream religions in the prison systems.  So often Druids and other alternative practitioners are disenfranchised.  I'll be interested to see or hear how the Wiccan/Druid practitioners do at WMCI. 

Religious Tolerance is a Symbod of Civilization

The Times (London) has an interesting article regarding Witchcraft, Druidism, and Paganism where in they indicate that the sign of a civilized society is its tolerance and acceptance of alternative religions. They say, in part, "Today the wheel has turned full circle... it is a mark of civilised society that those who follow these beliefs are accorded the same rights as those who follow mainstream faiths."

The article also mentions that the "Pagan Federation — set up in 1971 — is gaining influence and has become
main liaison body between pagan ministers and hospitals, prisons and
authorities."  Besides, the Pagan Federation noted there, there is also a Pagan Federation International.