July 16, 2009
Pagan police guaranteed Halloween off
Pagan police officers in England and Wales can take time off on religious holidays like Halloween and the Summer Solstice, the Home Office said Thursday.
The days off will be deducted from officers' annual vacation time, The Daily Telegraph reported. But practicing Wiccans and Druids will be guaranteed free time on their sacred days.
Paganism is not the new age, tree hugging fad that some people think it is, he told Police Review.
It is not the clandestine, horrible, evil thing that people think it is. A lot of people think it is about dancing naked around a fire but the rituals are not like that.
Officials have also recognized the Pagan Police Association, which advocates for pagan officers and their families. There are believed to be about 35,000 practicing pagans in England and Wales.