Stonehenge Access – Only For Idiots
February 6, 2013 in Offbeat
I’ve been interested in asking about the grounds for free access to Stonehenge for religious purposes for a while and so thought I’d drop English Heritage a line, here is what I wrote to them in January 2013:
A week or so later I have received this reply from the Stonehenge office explaining how they do not allow free access for religious purposes but that they offer the site to the pagan community at key dates throughout the year.
Here is the reply:
forwarded onto me.
right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
Stonehenge and to other sites on an equal basis to all
groups, and no group has special status in regard to access because of their
faith or belief
in the spirit of Human Rights and European Law, the
Stonehenge management team and external agencies such as
Wiltshire Police consult regularly with various druid and pagan groups about
open access to Stonehenge for spiritual or ceremonial
several times a year. Groups and individuals of any faith are welcome into
Stonehenge, free of charge, to celebrate their beliefs
and to perform their sacred ceremonies. At these times, we expect the people
attending to adhere to the published entry conditions, to ensure public safety
and protection of the monument.
Stonehenge is on the 20th March to celebrate
the spring Equinox. Gathered attendees will be able to enter the monument at
dawn (from approximately 05.30 am) and
remain until 08.00 am.
|You aren’t allowed to touch Stonehenge unless you are a dirty, unkept
I’m not quite sure how to take the reply as it is partially a knock back, but at the same time I did only think the site was available to religious processions at the solstice events. What annoys me about Stonehenge in particular is the English Heritage’s inability to manage the publics handling of the monuments.
In any case, it doesn‘t make a great deal of sense. The only reason why these bellends are there is because of the novelty of being able to get up close and touch the stones which you aren’t allowed to do any other time of the year. I’m all for religious freedom, but I‘m also about preservation. It makes no sense to offer it seven times a year for thousands of idiots instead of just opening it to everyone at all times with a few static security – of which we pay for anyway, right?
I have to ask, who in their right mind would want to spend time with these cunts anyway?