Re: [Authentic_SCA] Religion
- Moshe sez:
> I was just made aware of some prohibitions in the Society having to do withOf a certainty.
> religious displays; just what are these, and how do they affect personae who
> are, for example, highly religious Jews and Buddhist monks? For the latter,
> my clothing is very obviously Judaic, and I have been known to quote the
> Torah, Talmud, and ancient Rabbis when the occasion calls for it. Is this
The restriction on religious expression in the SCA are far less
restrictive than many people think, and are pretty much as follows:
G&PD #6 says:
Policy on Religion
Having no wish to recreate the religious conflicts of the period under
study, the Society for Creative Anachronism, Incorporated, shall
neither establish nor prohibit any system of belief among its
members. No one shall perform any religious or magical ceremony at a
Society event (or in association with the name of the Society) in such
a way as to imply that the ceremony is authorized, sponsored, or
promulgated by the Society or to force anyone at a Society event, by
direct or indirect pressure, to observe or join the ceremony. However,
this prohibition is in no way intended to discourage the study of
historical belief systems and their effects on the development of
Except as provided herein, neither the Society nor any member acting
in its name or that of any of its parts shall interfere with any
person's lawful ceremonies, nor shall any member discriminate against
another upon grounds related to either's system of belief.
Mostly what it boils down it is: don't run a religious ceremony right
in the middle of an event where people can't get away from it, and
don't run it as an official part of an event.
The only other restriction of any sort that applies to _some_
religions is the restriction against claiming landed titles to which
one is not entitled; for Christianity, for example, that means you're
not supposed to claim to be a bishop. I'm afraid I don't know enough
about Judaism to know if there's anywhere this one applies.
But, by all means, wear your persona's religious items, quote your
persona's religious sayings; if anyone's offended by them, that's
between you and them and no business of the Society.
mundanely of no religion particularly,
in persona a devout Orthodox Christian,
which can sure be an odd combination some days.
Kate Jones | I turned my world upside-down
kate@... | and that's how everything landed...
> It was indeed magical...well, up until a boot came flying out the tent ofno, really??
> someone with a hangover and hit the caller!
> Allaaaaahu akb- ow! :o)
Okay, I'm going to try it at the next event. Of course, I'll have to wake
up at dawn, but there you go.
I don't have a Muslim persona, but no one will know who it is, they'll just
hear it ringing out. I hope to create "magic moments" for people by doing
that, especially the Muslim personae who just might follow the summons and
kneel to face Mecca in prayer.
Qu'er non es grazitz lunhs mestiers
menhs en cort que de belh saber
de trobar -- qu'auzir e vezer
hi vol hom mais captenhs leugiers
e critz mesclatz ab dezonor.
--Guiraut Riquier, 1292