Paganism

Experts: Casting Spells Not about Killing

January 9, 2008

Author: Molly Montag

Source: Sioux City Journal

http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/articles/2008/01/08/news/local/f1b72d9ec4df985c862573ca000e720e.txt

Casting spells and the study and practice of witchcraft is nonviolent and often misunderstood, experts say.

Lawrence Douglas Harris Sr., 25, of Sioux City told investigators he was casting a spell that "had gone bad" when his stepdaughters, ages 8...

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Group Calling for 'Witch' to be Pardoned

January 7, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

http://news.scotsman.com/politics/Group-calling-for-39witch39-to.3645599.jp

A PETITION is to be submitted to the Scottish Parliament asking for support in the battle to pardon the last person to be convicted of witchcraft in Britain. Paranormal group Full Moon Investigations will submit the petition to ministers urging them to pressure the Home Office into fully pardoning...

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Wiccan Priest Sues over Livingston Soothsaying Ordinance

January 3, 2008

Author: BOB ANDERSON

Source: The Advocate

http://www.2theadvocate.com/news/12997792.html

SPRINGFIELD — A man who describes himself as a Wiccan priest has filed suit against Livingston Parish over its soothsaying ordinance.

Inspiration from the divine transmitted by a Wiccan should be treated legally the same way as a message from God transmitted by a Christian minister, Cliff Eakin said Wednesday.

“To dictate what you can...

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Phone Caller Confesses to Pentacle Vandalism

December 31, 2007

Source: www.wivb.com

http://www.wivb.com/global/story.asp?s=7561023

(Olean, NY December 31, 2007) - - We have a follow up to a vandalism case in the Southern Tier.

Police believe they've received a phone-call confession from the person who ran-over a holiday pentacle display in olean. This all started earlier this month in Olean. The city allowed people to put up religious symbols in front of city hall..but not long after someone erected a Wiccan pentacle sign.. Someone...

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Substitute Teacher Says Religion, not Blue Hair, Behind Trouble

December 28, 2007

Author: Alison Bath

Source: The Shreveport Times

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071228/NEWS04/712280325

Watch out Cookie Monster. Being blue isn't cool in Vivian.

Ask Jennifer Harmon. The 39-year-old mother of one recently was told her blue hair was unacceptable after nearly a week of substitute teaching at Vivian Elementary/Middle School.

But Harmon, whose appearance...

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Green Bay Mayor: No More Holiday Displays for Time Being

December 17, 2007

Author: Mike Hoeft

Source: Green Bay Press Gazette

http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071217/GPG0101/71217010/1206/GPGnews

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt has declared a moratorium on any more religious displays atop a City Hall overhang until the City Council can take up the issue at Tuesday’s meeting.

With a pagan Wiccan wreath knocked off the roof by a...

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'Witches' Face Fine in Tajikistan

December 13, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7141658.stm

The lower house of parliament in Tajikistan has endorsed a bill to try to tackle what it describes as fortune-telling and witchcraft.

Those found engaging in superstitious activities could be fined $200 (£98).

Belief in the occult is widespread in many former Soviet societies. The Tajik authorities say those claiming occult powers are...

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Facing Discrimination, Wicca Pagan Followers Learn to Turn the Other Cheek

November 3, 2007

Author: ANNIE NELSON

Source: Columbia Tribune

http://www.columbiatribune.com/2007/Nov/20071103Feat001.asp

That members of local Wicca and pagan groups made a point to introduce themselves as regular people during a discussion panel Sunday - "Which Witch is This?" - was noted and quickly brought up by the audience.

"I moved here from Eugene, Ore., where paganism is very accepted. When you introduced yourselves, you all said, ‘I...

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At a University in West Virginia, New Protections for Pagans

November 3, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: The New York Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/us/04pagan.html

At Marshall University, pagan students are now allowed to miss classes to observe religious holidays or festivals.

A new policy makes the university in Huntington, W.Va., with an enrollment of about 14,000, possibly the only college in the country to protect pagans formally from being penalized for...

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Peace Park Plays Host to Pagan Pride Day

September 25, 2007

Author: Kyle Daly

Source: Themaneater.com

http://www.themaneater.com/article.php?id=27561

The sound of beating drums and the smell of grilled hamburgers enticed the senses of all who came to Peace Park on Sunday afternoon during Columbia’s fifth Pagan Pride Day festival.

Offering live music and dancing, special guest speakers and meditation workshops, the festival attracted not only Columbia residents but also students from MU.
...

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On Pagan Pride Day, Visibility for the Occult

September 17, 2007

Author: Erin Ailworth

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/09/17/on_pagan_pride_day_visibility_for_the_occult/

It was Old World beliefs meeting modern-day lifestyles.

Pagans gathering by a pond inside Harold Parker State Forest in North Andover socialized to the persistent pop of gunfire from a nearby hunting club. Witches in jeans and Crocs were elbow-to-...

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Pagans Descend on Lakeville to Celebrate Equinox

September 10, 2007

Author: DON CUDDY

Source: South Coast Today/Standard Times

http://www.southcoasttoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070910/NEWS/709100344

LAKEVILLE — Drums pounded, witches danced and smudge wands wafted the aroma of burning sage and lavender on the afternoon breeze. It was Pagan Pride Day on Sunday and the gathering drew a diverse crowd that included musicians, spiritual practitioners, herbalists, crafters and...

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