Paganism

Court Upholds Wiccan-Boscov's Ruling

February 15, 2007

Author: JAMES MERRIWEATHER

Source: The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070215/NEWS/70215067

DOVER -- A Superior Court judge has upheld a religious discrimination finding that requires Boscov’s to pay a $5,000 fine and $21,000 to two Christians, two Wiccans and a pagan.

In May, the state Human Relations Commission found that the Reading, Pa.-based department store...

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Firewalk With Me: Red-Hot Pagan Religious Fervor Endures in Greece

February 2, 2007

Author: Helene Colliopoulou

Source: Manila Times

http://www.manilatimes.net/national/2007/may/31/yehey/opinion/20070531opi6.html

LAGADAS, Greece: As night falls on the small town of Langadas, northern Greece, a dozen men and women prepare for a centuries-old ritual that combines Orthodox Christian rites with paganism and is literally a trial of faith by fire.

Known as “Anastenarides,” they mark the...

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Duxbury Wiccans Open Their Lives to Reality TV: Family Stars in Episode of New TLC Series

January 25, 2007

Author: Karen Goulart

Source: Patriot Ledger

http://www.patriotledger.com/articles/2007/01/25/news/news03.txt

DUXBURY - Television viewers, prepare to be shocked when you see what one Wiccan family on the South Shore does virtually undetected.

They go out for ice cream.

Among the reasons people willingly partake in reality TV shows, promoting religious tolerance isn’t high on the list. But for the Rev. Kendra...

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Wiccan Ex-Barista Sues Starbucks Over Religion

January 23, 2007

Author: Brent Hunsberger

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/209/story_20998_1.html

PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A former Starbucks barista in Hillsboro, Ore., has sued the coffee giant, saying it discriminated against her based on her Wiccan religion.

In a complaint filed Jan. 8 in U.S. District Court in Portland, Alicia Hedum said a manager at Starbucks' Hillsboro Landing cafe asked...

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Ancient Greek Religion is Resurrected

January 22, 2007

Author: Paris Ayiomamitis

Source: The Miami Herald

Wire Service: AP

http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/world/16515483.htm

ATHENS - A group of modern pagans honored Zeus at a nearly 2,000-year-old temple in the heart of Athens on Sunday -- the first known ceremony of its kind held there since the ancient Greek religion was outlawed by the Roman empire in the late fourth century.

Watched by...

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Oconee County Council Looks at New Prayer Policy, Cost of Legal Defense

January 10, 2007

Source: Aiken Today

Wire Service: AP

http://www.aikenstandard.com/news/325814177536496.php

WALHALLA -- The Oconee County council opened its work session with a prayer in Jesus' name and began considering a proposal to ignore demands from the American Civil Liberties Union that it end its practice of holding prayers at public meetings.

The Rev. Wayne Morton, president of the Oconee County Ministerial Association, offered the prayer...

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First Government-Issued Wiccan Plaque Dedicated

December 6, 2006

Author: Scott Sonner

Source: North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

Wire Service: AP

http://www.tahoebonanza.com/article/20061206/Nevada/112060003

RENO - Friends and family of a Nevada soldier killed in Afghanistan more than a year ago plan to gather at a veterans cemetery today to dedicate what they say is the first government-issued memorial plaque in the country to include a symbol of the Wiccan faith.

The...

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Pentacle Symbol Denied by VA to Military Wife

November 21, 2006

Source: BBSNews

http://bbsnews.net/article.php/2006112102102055

AU via BBSNews 2006-11-21 -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State last week filed litigation against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over its refusal to include the Wiccan symbol of faith on its official list of emblems for government headstones and markers.

Americans United is representing Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart, was killed in combat in Afghanistan...

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Wiccan controversy stimulates healthy debate

November 16, 2006

Source: Nevada Appeal

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20061116/OPINION/111160123

By most accounts, the public appears to be sympathetic with the widows of two combat veterans who are trying to convince the government to allow Wiccan symbols on their husbands' military headstones.

We join those who believe Roberta Stewart of Fernley is correct in her belief that the Wiccan faith is as deserving of federal recognition as any other faith. Indeed,...

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Widows Seek Wiccan Symbol on Headstones

November 14, 2006

Author: Scott Bauer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/16005971.htm

The Star of David is OK, as are more than a dozen variations of the Christian cross. Even the atomic whirl used by atheists gets the thumbs-up from the federal government.

But a Wiccan symbol representing earth, air, fire, water and spirit isn't recognized by the federal government for veterans' grave markers.

A...

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Wiccan Widows Sue over Headstones

November 13, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/203/story_20398_1.html

Washington, Nov. 13--The widows of two combat veterans sued the government Monday for not allowing Wiccan symbols on their husbands' military headstones.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of 38 authorized headstone images. The list includes commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism,...

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Pagan Hub Remains Intact

November 6, 2006

Author: Jeff Switzer

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/06/11/06/100loc_b1fire001.cfm

Moonflower Magicks was a rare place for today's witches and pagans to gather and be accepted. It was as much sanctuary and cultural center as it was a book and supply shop.

When a fire two weeks ago closed the purple gilded New Age shop at the corner of Colby Avenue and California Street, word of the loss shot through the...

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