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Rogin the Armchair fan
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At our place of work, we are encouraged to declare our religious beliefs on the annual staff survey, so that someone somewhere can monitor how the place is doing in terms of meeting "diversity objectives".

Whenever the survey comes out it always raises the normal and expected furore of people going "oh why should it matter", "I object to the question", "this is all a load of old bollocks", etc, but I was interested in a recent complaint someone made public that he had no opportunity to declare himself a "Pagan".

Can you be a real "Pagan" nowadays? What do they do? Where do they meet? Is it just people who like playing Dungeons and Dragons, believing in crystals' healing power and going to Stonehenge to dance in the nude, and if so is there a proper established heirarchical "church" surrounding it? If so, who's the modern-day Archbishop of Paganism? I assume back in the day it would have been the Roman Emperor, but there's not been one of them for about 1600 years?

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Caliban3
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My friend Kaz (of dog-wanking fame) is Pagan. I've never really asked her that much about it, but they have festivals they celebrate, although no official church or hierarchy. It's more the case that they find out who else is Pagan in the area and meet on a social basis. She does have crystals around the place (not sure if they're for healing though) and she certainly doesn't dance nude, although Stonehenge is important for something.

Another friend is Pagan and she told me she's celebrating Yule on the 21st December which is the rebirth of the Oak King/defeat of the Holly King or return of the sun. The family decorate the tree and they have a family meal, and she tells stories about the Oak King to her kids.

Paganism always sounds lovely to me. They always seem to do nice things.

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Peter O'Hanraha-hanrahan
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Tell that to Edward Woodward.
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Loose Cannon ?
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Pagans - worse than atheists they are, at least atheists are disorganised.
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Gangster Octopus
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Callie, you actually think that dog-wanking is nice?
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Spearmint Rhino
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Callie, do you (or does anyone) have a link to that dog-wanking story? That has to be one of the best things ever to be posted on OTF.
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Dr. Hofzinser
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Callie, you actually think that dog-wanking is nice?

If memory serves, it wasn't actually her friend the Pagan who did the dog-wanking.

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Caliban3
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Well it's nice for the dog, I suppose. I think Taylor made a strong case in support of the dog when I posted the story.
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Caliban3
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It's on this one http://www.onetouchfootball.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=3;t=000673;p=0&r=nfx
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Stumpy Pepys
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Oh man, that thread's hysterical. I hadn't read that before.
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Spearmint Rhino
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Thanks, Callie. Reading it again, it's still every bit as gobsmacking as I remember. Right up there with the guy who shat himself at a job interview in the OTF hall of fame.
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gerontophile
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a poster named Gordon Bennet mentioned a line
quote:
serves the cows right for tasting of beef
which was used on a TV programme the other night.

OTF RULES!

I wonder if the named person can sue?

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I believe Gordon Bennet now trades under the name Purves Grundy
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