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Pagan inmates are given a day off from work for Halloween

Prison Service bosses have instructed staff to grant the convicts, who include Devil worshippers and Satanists, special privileges on Tuesday. Hundreds of Pagans serving prison sentences are to be given the day off work for Halloween out of respect for their religious beliefs. While fellow prisoners sew mail bags and undertake other jail work, the Pagans will be allowed to celebrate their ‘holiday’. They can use certain artefacts, including rune stones, flexible twigs and hoodless robes, provided they are kept in their cells or worn during communal worship. Robes with hoods are banned for ‘security reasons’, however.

The move is revealed in Home Office documents handed to The Mail on Sunday, which disclose that prisons have been instructed to allow inmates to pursue their religions so the Government can avoid being sued by prisoners. The orders, issued by the Prison Service’s Director of Personnel, Gareth Hadley, apply to every religion from Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism to Hinduism and Islam and, in the interests of equality, Paganism, too. There are currently 282 Pagans in jails in England and Wales. Critics attacked the policy, saying it was pandering to a ‘mad’ politically correct agenda.

Read the original article at: Evening Standard

Read the original article at: Evening Standard

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