Wicca in American Universities

December 12, 2002

Source: Fox News Channel


On December 12, 2002 the Fox News Channel reported that "members of Syracuse University's Pagan Society lighted candles in the campus chapel, while curious students signed up for a new class on witchcraft. And at the University of Arizona and Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, believers can be excused from class on Wiccan holidays... 'There is a cultural shift with college students identifying themselves less as religious and more as spiritual,' said the Rev. Thomas Wolfe, dean of Hendricks Chapel at Syracuse... Wolfe, who worried some would object to having Wiccan rituals performed in the same spiritual center used by Christian, Jewish and Muslim students, said he's faced no objections... But evangelist Eric Barger of Take a Stand! Ministries believes Wiccan practices can lead to darker practices among vulnerable young adults... 'Of course, not everyone who delves into white magic or Wicca goes deeper,' Barger said. 'But it opens the door to black magic.' Some schools now include Wiccan holidays among those celebrated by students, alongside those of Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and Sikhs."