Scotland: A “Pagan congress” in Edinburgh

Source: FSSPX News


Shortly before, the same university turned down the request of the Christian Union of Edinburgh’s Academics for the organization of a symposium on homosexuality, which would have presented biblical arguments condemning homosexuals, said the ecumenical Agency ENI.

The Scottish Pagan Federation Conference 2007 began on June 9. “All Witches, Druids, Heathens, Shamans and other Pagans of good will welcome” (sic), said the Website of the Scottish Pagan Federation. The program announced conferences on magic and witchcraft. The Glasgow Labyrinth Theatre Company performed Euripides’ Bacchæ.

“Obviously the University chose to apply two different standards,” declared Simon Dames, a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland. Matthew Tindale, co-worker for the Christian Union of Edinburgh University told the paper Scotland on Sunday that “everything leads to believe that it is discrimination. Members of other religions, like the pagans (sic) have the right to speak at the University, but the latter seems to be unwilling to allow the same right to Christians.”

The University rejected the Christian symposium under the pretext that it was going against its anti-discriminatory line, though, later on, a compromise was proposed to allow the symposium to take place on condition that posters presenting different viewpoints be conspicuously displayed. The Christians stressed that such conditions were not imposed upon the pagan meeting.

“We strongly defend freedom of expression and of conscience,” a University spokesman told ENI. The officials of the Pagan Federation for their part, stated that they are tolerant people who do not condemn homosexuals as some Christians at the University do.

For his part, John Macintyre, president of the Scottish Pagan Federation, declared to Scotland on Sunday: “As a general rule, pagans think that sexist or homophobic opinions are unacceptable and deplore discrimination based on these opinions.” He added: “Most people today recognize that the old stereotypes about witches and witchcraft are outdated and that there is nothing sinister in this kind of activities.”