Wednesday, April 14, 2010

South Africa - Pagans excluded from interfaith initiatives

Here is a disturbing report from South Africa which recently hosted the Parliament of the World's Religions. That gathering had quite a bit of Pagan participation which included a number of COG members. This report comes from News Time"

"The South African Pagan Council says its being ignored by the Moral Regeneration Movement (MRM), National Religious Leaders Forum (NRLF) and National Interfaith Leaders Council (NILC). An Asatruar and Strega argue for the inclusion of Paganism [0] in national multi-faith organizations...

Last year the Mail & Guardian incorrectly reported [1] that the National Interfaith Leaders Council (NILC) formed by Ray McCauley in July 2009, already included representatives of Paganism alongside those of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and traditional African beliefs, leading many to believe that Pagans were in support of the expressed position of the NILC on same-sex marriage and abortion. On the contrary, to date no Pagan religious organization is represented on the NILC, and not for lack of trying either." ...(Cont.)...