Scottish Pagan Articles and The Wicker Man

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Distinguished Scottish learning institution St Andrews University, has decided to allow student Pagan groups to have rituals and festivals on school grounds (with some qualifiers of course).

“In return for granting pagans access to campus buildings and providing an outdoor space for festivals, the university has imposed a strict series of rules. Incantations or spells that might be viewed as harmful to followers of other faiths have been outlawed from university premises. Similarly pagans – or wiccans as they are sometimes known – have been warned that there must be no attempts to raise spirits or to call up dark forces, and ritual nudity is strictly forbidden.”

One wonders if Christian or Muslim student groups will be held to the same standards? Wouldn’t prayers for the “salvation” of Pagan students be viewed as “harmful” to their faith? It all seems like a one step forward, two steps back scenario. But this little bit of expected hypocrisy isn’t why I blogged this article, the reason is the strange closing paragraph that appears from out of nowhere.

“In the cult 1970s film the Wicker Man a Christian policeman, played by Edward Woodward, travels to a remote Scottish isle only to meet a grizzly fate at the hands of the pagan locals.”

One wonders why this was picked as the closer to this article. Nowhere in the article is the excellent cult film “The Wicker Man” brought up. It just appears as if the editor was playing mix-and-match with article endings. The only tie between this student group and the film is that they are both set in Scotland, and both feature Pagans. Will features on Christian groups start running with different Christian film synopses at the end?

“In the surprise 2004 blockbuster film Passion of The Christ, Jesus, played by James Caviezel, is tortured for two hours by Roman pagans only to die and redeem mankind.”

Somehow I doubt it. This was extremely lazy writing by The Times, one hopes in the future they pick up more cultural Pagan references than a cult film from the 70’s. But I’m not holding my breath.