Eve Salthouse, from the Pagan Community of the Cornwall Faith Forum writes about some exciting news for the Pagans:
On September 27th the Pagan Federation was voted into the Inter Faith Network UK as a national faith community representative body. Another Pagan organisation, The Druid Network, was also voted on. As a new member, the Pagan Federation will be a provisional member for two years and then face a vote to be accepted as a full member.
To put this momentous occasion in perspective, this vote to be accepted even as a provisional member has taken an astonishing twenty five years of patient work by Pagan leaders. Many years ago, Paganism was not as well understood as it is today, and much of our current equality legislation was not yet on the statute books, but even so, twenty five years of diplomatic and respectful effort to be accepted is a great testament to those who have worked so tirelessly to gain a voice for Pagans among other faiths. There have been years (decades!), of obstruction and prejudice but hopefully this vote marks the beginning of much greater tolerance and understanding.
Members of the Cornish Faith Forum might also like to ponder on how magnificently this reflects on Cornwall! The Faith Forum can rightfully feel very proud of the way it has upheld the principles of inter-faith respect and understanding , so very much in advance of the rest of the country.