The Pagan Awareness Network was in the news again today.
Today in her article entitled "Pagans stake claim to sacred site", religious affairs writer Linda Morris reported: "Sydney's pagans have been meeting at Rotaract Hill near Seven Hills railway station for 10 years and want to formalise their attachment by establishing it as a sacred site. The Pagan Awareness Network wants to apply for a grant to erect four stones representing the four points of the compass at the hill's pinnacle. If approved, the stone circle would become the first official place of pagan worship in Sydney."
Interestingly, the attempt by the writer to stir up controversy with Christians fell somewhat flat. When interviewed, Rob Forsythe, Anglican Bishop of South Sydney, told the Herald, "It is about idolatry but we believe in freedom of religion no matter how right or wrong the religion."
The attempt to stir controversy is going to fall flat with this Christian too. I have visited the Full Moon Circles as an observer on a number of occasions and have always found David Garland, Shannon and the others to be warm and friendly. Having observed their rituals I would affirm that there is nothing that should concern Christians – at least nothing more than what would concern Christians about the rituals of other religions like Buddhism, Hindu or Jewish as well. There are no goat sacrifices as the last Herald report insinuated.
Douglas Ezzy's comments are worth taking note of as he is one whom I would regard as one of Australia's most reputable commentators on Paganism. I haven't heard back from David Garland yet on the last Herald article yet but here we have more to think on.
All in all I think what Christians should be focussing on is what we can learn from all this.
Thanks to Phil Johnson for the early heads up this morning. The blogging world may be interested to know that Phil has returned to the blogosphere with the purchase of a new PC.