What the "legal" part in
Jake wrote:legally incorporated pagan churches
Jake wrote:legally ordained pagan clergy folk
Jake wrote:legal status
Does it mean that ordination is somehow legally supervised / restricted, or that it is recorded by an "office for legal ordination"?
Jake wrote:Does being a "recognized" religion mean that Druid groups will no longer be able to self-define but must adhere to the "recognized" standards of the Charity Commission involving belief in a supreme being and so on?
Still, I think it's not about being recognised as a religion, but about TDN being recognised as a charitable organisation under the law or what of charitable religions. To do that, the commission imo had to class TDN as a religious organisation. That's it, as far as I understand. So if TDN changed to an organisation of three Atheists reading Jakes poetry in his kitchen ... well, they'd be an American cult then, wouldn't they. If TDN changed very drastically to selling yellow clothes to red-dressed people, they wouldn't be classed as a religious organisation anymore, methinks.
I still see a difference in classing someone as charitable and recognising a religion. Standards seem to be very wide, as far as I understand Oneinone.