A Pagan Manifesto
There is, within society at present, a group of people calling themselves Pagans who, feeling that there are many misunderstandings surrounding their beliefs and practices, wish this document to be made available to the public in order to promote a greater understanding of the basis of Pagan belief (Pagan is a general term being used to describe many modern-day manifestations of ancient and pre-Christian religious practices.)
The term "Paganii" comes from the Latin "Pagus", meaning "Countryside", and therefore literally means "dwellers in the country". Hence Paganism is a nature based religion, respecting and endeavoring to understand the needs of the planet and it's ecology as a whole. It was handed down from ancient times.
Pagans are aware of the cycles of Nature, and observe them as festivals throughout the changing year.
Pagans see magic in Nature manifest in balance and harmony, and try to bring these into their everyday lives by worship of two balancing aspects of divinity i.e., the Goddess and the God in unison.
Pagans, in their seeking of moral and spiritual development, are interested in the study of comparative and alternative religions in order to promote tolerance of the beliefs of others, There is no "one true way" I Many paths lead to the same destination, Pagans respect the religious beliefs of others who "harm none".
Pagans defend and respect the right of the individual, and would hope that others show them the same consideration, They are not Gurus, and are not looking for converts to their faith, but will explain it if asked.
True Pagans hold all life sacred and regard the human species as caretakers of the planet responsible for it's well being. They would not cause harm to any living thing or condone others doing so.
Good Pagans consider the consequences of everything they do in the belief that they can effect changes upon the material level which will manifest on the spiritual level and vice versa. Many Pagans believe in the Three-Fold-Effect, in that what we do, for good or bad, we shall receive in return three-fold ~ good or bad.
The children of Pagans are encouraged to have an interest in alternate and comparative religions, Without being forced into the beliefs of their parents, they are bought up to respect nature, and to hold all life sacred. They are taught to respect the person, beliefs and property of other people & to be good citizens.
Pagans see "Satan", in the sense generally used, as a Christian paradox. The Devil as the anti-Christ is a purely . Christian concept. Pagans don't even believe in this embodiment of evil. They certainly don't worship Satan.
The common tenet and Rule of all true Pagan groups is " HARM NOTHING AND NO-ONE".
These ten points are basic to the beliefs of all Pagans. Given the above points, true Pagans are opposed to the abuse of any individual - be they children or adult - and they are further opposed to the abuse of nature including animals, insects, birds, aquatic creatures, trees, plants, humankind & the planet itself This includes physical abuse, violence & mental cruelty, psychological manipulation & power trips, sexual abuse, any abuse through others for commercial gain, financial abuse by any dishonest or illegal activity, religious intolerance or political abuse, the abuse of any living thing on Earth or damaging the environment.
Should anyone be persecuted for holding such moderate and harmless beliefs?
Article 18 of The United Nations. Declaration of Human Rights states: EVERYONE HAS THE RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF THOUGHT CONSCIENCE AND RELIGION. THIS RIGHT INCLUDES THE FREEDOM TO CHANGE RELIGION OR BELIEF AND FREEDOM EITHER ALONE OR IN COMPANY WITH OTHERS, IN PRIVATE OR IN PUBLIC TO MANIFEST RELIGION OR BELIEF IN TEACHING, PRACTICE, WORSHIP AND OBSERVANCE.
True Pagans should harm no-one - neither should true Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, or followers of any religion based upon basically good human values.