Brenda, I gather what you meant by "They just shouldn't call it something it's not" is that you don't think people who choose to follow Druidry should be calling it a religion, but you also said they could "believe in whatever they want", so then shouldn't also have the freedom to follow Druidry as a religion?
As a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, I was pleased to hear this news.
Druidry is an extremely flexible philosophy, to the extent that there's a long-standing joke which says if you ask ten Druids to define Druidry you'll get eleven different definitions. One effect of this is that while some Druids may be happy to describe Druidry as their religion, others are not. Druidry can be expressed through almost any religious framework - or equally no religious framework at all.
For anyone interested in Druidry, the OBOD website offers a wealth of free information.
From the little I know about the 'original' Druids - I doubt they will have any ancient book as they refused to write things down - everything was committed to memory. It did at least mean that they knew 'what' they were talking about rather than today's religionists who have a book but can't read.
I want to make it clear that the word "Book" for anything containing systems and recorded/committed in the memory; it could be recorded with any system; if it is in the memory then it should be passed down continuously and from generation to generation; if it is also written then it becomes light added with light.
Quran as the word denotes is the book in all the above aspects.
Again - as I understand it - they took the position that when it stopped being passed down from generation to generation it was no longer needed. A very sensible position that prevents disproved ideas, outdated moral postions and straight forward errors from contaminating the new society. Now if all the various books were consigned to a distant memory maybe the current new society could get on with progressing to a better future.
You are so immersed in your book that you cannot see past the point where it was written. For thousands of years Druids are thought to have been all through what is now Europe, they were a really useful religion if religion they were. The little that is known is that they were the teachers, kingmakers, philosophers and travellers for pretty much everywhere. When their time was over they ceased to exist in the natural order of things - this is why we know nothing about them. If your book and all the others was consigned to a forgotten history then the hate and bigotry and division that comes with the out of date bronze age tripe might get forgotten with them.
I am very intersted in this news myself. I do not claim to be a Druid in the original sense because they were a class apart and acted as judges and lawgivers to the Celtic nations. However my personal path lies in attempting to follow the sprituality of the Druids. I would like to read the report of the charities commission and I hope to discuss the issue with others of a like mind as myself before I have a firm opinion on whether this is good or bad for Druidry and the Pagan movement in general. Ancient traditions were oral and most of what we know in written form about the ancient Druids comes to us from Roman Historians who were somewhat biased against the people they were trying to conquer. Still, there is some information there and there are other sources such as Ogham writing and the Myths and legends. One last point; I follow a path that fills a need in me, I am not out to convert or change anyone's mind. The road I travel is for me, yours is for you.
@Stacie L; Thank you for bringing this piece of historic news to the forum for discussion. @Bard of Ely; My first instinct was to be pleased as you are, after reflection I am cautiously pleased until I get more information. @paarsurrey; I have no idea what you're talking about.
Being a Druid yourself or being spiritually a druid; what you think about Druidism or whatever name you may like to give this Celtic religion? Do they have a Word of Revelation? If yes; please give the name of the person.
The ancient peoples of north-west europe didn't have a religion as we would understand it today. They had "Folk ways" because people would understand nature in different ways according to their environment and would use different names according to language and dialect. The differences were not as important as we see them today because the Druids were a unifying force politically and spiritually. The main benefit of having Druidry declared a religion in these times has to do with things like; Tax free status to Druid organizations, providing legally recognized funeral services for the departed with suitable tombstones and other forms of memorial for those who die in service to their country. The counter arguments have mainly to do with a continuing debate in the community regarding authentic versus valid Druidry.