Britain now recognizes Druidry as a religion and gives it charitable status – a decision that is expected to lead to broader acceptance of the faith.
To register as a charity in Britain, an organization must satisfy requirements that include belief in a supreme entity, a degree of cohesion and seriousness and a beneficial moral framework.
“There is a sufficient belief in a supreme being or entity to constitute a religion for purposes of charity law,” declared the Charity Commission for England and Wales.
Druidry, a neo-pagan religion, is an ancient belief that worships deities that take different forms in nature. The Druid Network has 350 members and sought charitable status for ‘the advancement of religion for public benefit and no other purpose.”
It took five years for the Charity Commission to rule on the application. Druids will from now on receive exemptions from taxes on donations.