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When walking this path, you will find. . .

 

Predators are on every religious path and they are often challenging to spot. Those who seek a pagan path are unfortunately most particularly open to these dangers when seeking a teacher or others with whom to worship.  For those seeking a pagan walk, seeking aid once harmed can prove difficult.  Legal authorities are not always quick to action given the public opinion of pagan religions.  Elders of the community have limited or no authority over those who would harm. Many elders do network and try to make others aware of those predators they know are out there. However, this in and of itself, can cause problems as well.  So, a once seeker, and now High Priest, has chosen to empower the seekers themselves.

The Seeker's Bill of Rights has been written for that purpose.

Seekers' Bill of Rights

Written by Charles Mars, http://www.txcog.org/ Member and 1999-2002 National CoG Board Member

I.  The Right to Verify Credentials:

A group or teacher shall not obstruct Seekers from contacting persons who can substantiate or disavow claims made. In the case of elders who were inspired to create a new tradition, the seeker has a right to know the circumstances surrounding the inception of that tradition.

 

II.  The Right to Anonymity:

Seekers have the right to keep their involvement in the occult a secret to preserve their personal and professional lives.

 

III.  The Right to Financial Stability:

Seekers shall not be required or coerced to take on financial burdens on behalf of a teacher or a group.

 

IV.  The Right to Compensation for Professional goods and services:

Seekers have the Right to be paid for goods produced and/or for skilled labor from which they would normally receive an income. Seekers shall not be required or coerced to provide "freebies" or discounts on behalf of a teacher or group.

 

V.   The Right to Sexual Freedom:

Seekers shall not be required or coerced to have sexual relations with unwanted persons. Nor shall seekers be restricted from sexual relations with consenting adults.

 

VI.  The Right to Physical Well-Being:

Seekers shall not be required or coerced to submit to any form of physical injury.

 

VII.   The Right to Abide by the Law:

Seekers shall not be required or coerced to commit any illegal act.

 

VIII. The Right to Consistency:

Seekers have the right to expect consistent policies from a teacher or group. Seekers should be formally informed in a timely manner of any policy changes.

 

IX.   The Right to Separation with Impunity:

Seekers have the right to discontinue association with any teacher or group without fear of harassment or reprisal.

 

X.   The Right to be at Peace with One's Conscience:

Seekers shall not be required or coerced to commit any action contrary to their own sense of ethics and morality.

 


Last Updated: July 31, 2009