Paganism

Supporters Back Grave Marker for Wiccan Soldier

June 27, 2006

Source: Religion News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/193/story_19363_1.html

On June 27, 2006 Religion News Service reported, "The space where the memorial marker of Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart, a decorated American soldier who was killed last year in Afghanistan, should stand is empty because his Wiccan faith is not one of 30 approved for such designation by the federal government. Stewart, a 34-year-old native of Fernley, Nev., was killed Sept. 25 by a rocket-...

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Religious Rights Rally to Be Held on July 4

June 27, 2006

Source: U.S. Newswire

http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=68364

On June 27, 2006 U.S. Newswire reported, "A religious rights rally will be held at Farragut Square Park in Washington, D.C. between noon and 4 p.m. on America's birthday, the Fourth of July. The rally is in support of universal religious tolerance and free exercise for all religions, as guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights. Speakers include: Rev. Barry Lynn, spokesperson...

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Pagan Population on the Rise in Nashville

June 17, 2006

Source: The Tennessean

http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060617/NEWS06/606170326/1023/NEWS

On June 17, 2006 The Tennessean reported, "In the city of churches, there's a new congregation in town. Its numbers are small, but its gods are many. The Many Rivers Grove is the latest enclave of pagans in a city where their Bible-Belt bashfulness is fading. 'There's a ton of pagans in Nashville,' says Andi Houston, an...

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Link to Articles Related to Wiccan Headstone Symbol Debate � Lady Liberty League

June 14, 2006

Source: Lady Liberty League

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/liberty/veteranpentacle/

On June 14, 2006 the Lady Liberty League reported, "Circle Sanctuary is among those working to have the Pentacle, Wiccan emblem of belief, added to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs list of emblems that can be inscribed on government issued memorial markers, headstones, and plaques for deceased veterans." A full list of links related to this controversy can be found on the...

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Update: Wiccan Tax Exemption Case Before State Supreme Court

June 12, 2006

Source: LifeSiteNews.com

http://www.lifesite.net/ldn/2006/jun/06061202.html

On June 12, 2006 LifeSiteNews.com reported, "A Wiccan group has challenged Florida state tax-exemption on sales of religious articles and publications, after the organization lost its own tax-exemption status on items for sale. Tax exemption was withdrawn from the Wiccan Religious Cooperative because it did not own a place of worship, required by the Department of Revenue rules, reported the...

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Wiccan Widow Fights for Husband�s Tombstone Marker

June 5, 2006

Source: Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2006/123/12.0.html

On June 5, 2006 Christianity Today ran an opinion piece by John W. Whitehead, constitutional attorney and author and founder and president of The Rutherford Institute, about the refusal of the government to allow a Wiccan veteran to have a Wiccan symbol on his tombstone. Whitehead writes, "Whatever one's opinion might be about the Wiccan faith, there should be no doubt in anyone's mind...

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Widow of Wiccan Vet Holds Alternative Memorial Service

May 29, 2006

Source: Daily Bulletin

http://dailybulletin.com/news/ci_3878710

On May 29, 2006 the Daily Bulletin reported, "A war widow who wants the government to put a Wiccan religious symbol on her husband's memorial plaque held an alternative service Monday as a protest, hours before an official Memorial Day ceremony nearby.

'This is discrimination against our religion,' Roberta Stewart said at the gathering of about 200 at a park east of Fernley for her late husband, Sgt....

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Top Veteran Official Joins Wiccan Headstone Fray

May 27, 2006

Source: CBS News

Wire Service: AP

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/05/27/ap/national/mainD8HS48LO0.shtml

On May 27, 2006 the Associated Press reported, "Over the years, families have used religious symbols such as the Jewish Star of David, the Christian cross and the Islamic crescent and star to honor their loved ones on headstones and markers. For Sgt. Patrick Stewart's family, the symbol of choice was also from...

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Wiccan Head Priestess of India Passes Mantle to Daughter

May 12, 2006

Source: The Telegraph

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1060512/asp/calcutta/story_6206236.asp

On May 12, 2006 The Telegraph reported, "A [W]iccan who heals the mind or a witch who casts a spell? Ipsita Roy Chakraverti’s identity has swung between the two extremes ever since she went public about her special powers in 1987. Standing at the crossroads two decades later, the [W]iccan head priestess of the Indian subcontinent is ready to pass on the...

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Update: North Carolina School Board Tables Religious Literature Issue

May 10, 2006

Source: The Brunswick Beacon

http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/articles/2006/05/10/free/03-free.txt

On May 10, 2006 The Brunswick Beacon reported, "Expecting a vote on the second reading of a controversial religious materials policy, the people who crowded into the lobby of the Brunswick County Board of Education administrative offices last Thursday were surprised when the school board voted to table the decision.

Soon after shooting down board...

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North Carolina Pagan Group Joins Adopt-A-Highway Program, Some Residents Concerned

April 27, 2006

Source: News 14 Carolina

http://www.news14charlotte.com/content/local_news/gaston/?AC=&ArID=118591&SecID=7

On April 27, 2006 News 14 Carolina reported, "Eyebrows are being raised because of a new sign along Highway 74 and a pagan group's promise to keep the road clean. The Silvermoon Pagan Wicca Group, through the state’s Adopt-A-Highway program, recently sponsored the stretch of road in Gastonia. At the head of the group is Kym...

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