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Olteanu Cosmin Post number 24968 Posted: 29th September 2018     Subject: Support pagan community from Romania
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Comunitatea păgână din România are nevoie acum de dvs. Proiectul MNR nu se poate dezvolta singur și de-aceea apelăm la sprijinul dvs pentru a putea genera și mai multe activități pentru voi.
The pagan community from Romania now needs you. The MNR project can not be developed by itself, and that is why we appeal to your support in order to be able to generate even more activities for you.

https://www.gofundme.co ... o_campmgmt_w

With blessings,
Mr. Cosmin Olteanu
Ursus Post number 24987 Posted: 3rd October 2018     Subject: Questions, Doubts - Re: Support pagan community from Romania
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Instead of simply asking for $1000, you should indicate specifically what you want to use that money for. I have helped run ONGs and organise events in Romania and I know that most events (even international ones) and small projects don't need that anywhere near that much money, so some justification - such as a budget - would go a long way to convincing people that they should help fund your project.

Aside from that, I have some doubts about the legitimacy of what you're doing, or what you say you're doing. On your website (as I've mentioned in a personal message), you've copy-pasted a lot of text from other sources and not only did you not cite the sources but you've claimed it as your own and even stuck copyright notices on it. More concerning is that you have claimed to be part of events that you either were not involved in or at the very least had no official involvement in.

In your video in the section with images under the title "our projects" you have shown a folk performance event in Romania (https://romaniadacia.wordpress.com/tag/pagan-customs/) and even an Imbolc festival in Britain from 2006 (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Imbolc_smoke_and_fire. jpg). Your association had nothing to do with those. Some of the other events are things which your members might have attended but I see no reference to your association or interactions with your members which were within the scope of your association.

Some of the things are your website are not readily verifiable but since I've seen various claims which I know are false, I have to question the validity of the rest. According to your website:
-on 26 July 2018, your association was accepted into the PFI (https://asociatiamnr.my-free.website/istoria-mnr)
-under the umbrella of the MNR (https://asociatiamnr.my ... rom%C3%A2nia): [Several things here are not at all related to your group.]
--in August 2008, through the PFI, running the first course on Wiccan witchcraft in Romania [ADDITIONAL ERROR: I don't know when the first was, but I remember hearing about one in Brașov in 2004.]
--publishing Moonlight Grove in 2008 [ADDITIONAL ERROR: It was first published in 2004 - paper format.]
--formation of the internet group Romanian Coven in 2006 [ADDITIONAL ERROR: I don't know when their first website went online but it was probably in 2002 - back when you were only 2 years old so I don't think you had much of a role in that. But, before their website, they had an mIRC chat group and they had an e-mailing list.]
These last three statements have errors in them but the reason that you didn't pick up on those errors is probably because you have plagiarised (verbatim even), without fact checking, the works of Dr. Radu Petre Mureșan - a professor at the University of Bucharest, AND an Orthodox priest none-the-less. http://ftoub.ro/index.p ... p;Itemid=227 https://scholar.google. ... AJ&hl=ro The first of his publication mentioned on the list is "Forme ale neopăgânismului în societatea contemporană. Anuarul Facultății de Teologie Ortodoxă, „Justinian Patriarhul”, Universitatea din București, nr. 9 (2009), p. 685-709" which was published in a paper journal but bears a striking resemblance to "your" publication of a similar title. https://www.scribd.com/document/379956045/
Dr. Mureșan got stuff wrong because he wasn't involved in the pagan community (at least as far as I know) and seems to have gotten his information through secondary sources. Since then, more accurate and detailed publications HAVE been made.

I haven't gone over your site in detail but the part that I did see has raised some red flags for me.

Your group is clearly not the first group in Romania promoting pagan interests. There have been others before you. There are others still now. I don't know if any of those groups were or are registered as a juridic person and you've clearly not contacted them to ask. Whether they were/are or not, it doesn't detract from their work and achievements. Brushing them aside (or even worst - claiming their achievements as your own) does NOT help the pagan community that you say you are working for. It is only self-serving.

If you want the respect of your peers, you need to show respect, and you need to be honest.

Olteanu Cosmin wrote:
 Comunitatea păgână din România are nevoie acum de dvs. Proiectul MNR nu se poate dezvolta singur și de-aceea apelăm la sprijinul dvs pentru a putea genera și mai multe activități pentru voi.
The pagan community from Romania now needs you. The MNR project can not be developed by itself, and that is why we appeal to your support in order to be able to generate even more activities for you.

https://www.gofundme.co ... o_campmgmt_w
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