On Being a Minority Religion and Paths to Building Respect

The Druid's Garden

“I’m sorry, I’m unavailable to meet on that day.”

A pause, “well, why is that? This is an important meeting.”

“Because it is a major holiday for me, and I am taking a personal day to celebrate it.”

Another, longer pause.  “Wait, your holiday is Halloween? That’s not a religious holiday.”

“No, my holiday is Samhain, which is a holiday dedicated to my ancestors. Modern Halloween traditions actually derived from this much older holiday.”

Another pause. “Can’t you celebrate it on another day?”

“No.  The timing is critical to the celebration. Would I ask you to meet on Christmas or Easter?”

Another pause. “That’s not the same thing.”

The above interchange is a fairly common interaction fairly typical of my workplace experiences in being a minority religion, a druid, here in the USA. In fact, I had this exchange with someone just last week. Since this kind of thing seems…

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An American Tragedy: The Bundy Land Grab

Liberty Vibe

As the Uranium One story begins to unfold, we will be hearing more about the Bundy Ranch standoff .

These ranchers had the unfortunate experience of having their land taken from them, by the Bureau of Land Management. Apparently there was something on their land that the US government needed badly.

What was done to them is tragic and has the familiar “stench” of a certain crime family’s corruption upon it.

This link will take you to a collection of articles on the subject. It reads like a timeline, and serves as a great source for research.

http://mehaf.freeforums.net/thread/98

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