Druidry is a force you have to play by it's rules to achieve anything druidic.
From the hollow hills
"Exploit what?" you ask...
Hmmm...let's see. How about the "Druid" in Edmonton in the late 90's who claimed that his Marijuana grow op and subsequent trafficking was "part of his religion" and he should have the right to do as he wanted?
Then there's the "Druid" in Ontario who lured teenaged girls into his massage parlour and sexually assaulted them (Also in the late 90's). His lure? He told them he was a Druid and could heal or teach them.
How about the Irish Druid who came over to Canada in 2000, claimed to be a teacher, ripped a lot of people off (money wise, etc.) and then turned around claiming that these folks weren't hospitable enough when they called him on the money he stole from them? Apparently, he did some of this in England and the USA as well. (Read more here: http://www.druidorder.demon.co.uk/donncuan.html
) I met this man several times when he came to Alberta and can attest to many of the accusations against him.
Here is an article by Brendan Cathbad Myers about the Charlatan Prairie Druid http://www.wildideas.net/cathbad/pagan/prarie.html
if you want to read yet another example of a more benign form of explaoitation in the form of teaching Druidry with poor historical background...
Do we even need to mention Monroe?
How about those so-called "Druids" who go around hurting people and such because "They're Druids...they don't have a set of rules to govern them"?
How about the ones who think it's ok to defile teenaged girls and tell them they need to have sex with them to get ahead in the Pagan world? (I've met enough of these perverts in our Pagan community) They may not be well-liked, but they use their Paganism as an excuse because there is no ethical standard other than the Wiccan Rede, which is very open to interpretation.
I see this all the time where I live, which is why I am very focused on ethics.
It's fine to say Druidry is a force and you have to "play by its rules", but when the "rules" are not made clear, how is anyone expected to know what they are (those who are not Druids)? Sure, one could say "Well, they're not real Druids"...but the public and the press don't know that, do they?
Druidry and Paganism in general is seen by some folks as a free-wheelin', do whatcha like religion because the morality and ethics don't seem to be spelled out very clearly to anyone. The fact that we do not focus more on ethical behaviour and such only solidifies that misconception by the public.
Our lack of a publicly known ethical foundation outside of our little circles is a very easy target for exploitation if you ask me...
How can anyone take us seriously?
I don't know how things are in the UK, but I've seen enough of this sort of underhanded behaviour in Canada and the USA in the last 14 years that I know it can be easily exploited. This stuff does happen. Perhaps not often, but it does happen.
Just my thoughts on what I have seen and read over the years. Take it as you will.