Paganism

Midwest Pagans Send Aid to Katrina Victims

September 20, 2005

Source: PR Web

http://www.prweb.com/releases/2005/9/prweb287804.htm

On September 20, 2005 a PR Web Press Release reported, "Pagans and Wiccans are working together to send aid under Avalon Cares!, a new aid organization formed last year after the tsunami and now providing assistance to Katrina victims. Paganism and Wicca are growing faiths in America that are often ridiculed and discounted, but, quietly, Pagans have been making a difference for years. Now in the wake...

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Interfaith Gathering Opposes County Gay Pride Ban

September 18, 2005

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2005/09/18/Hillsborough/Gathering_opposes_gay.shtml

On September 18, 2005 the St. Petersburg Times reported, "Responding to Hillsborough County commissioners' gay pride ban, about 85 people gathered for an interfaith worship service in downtown Tampa on Saturday afternoon. Representatives from the Tampa Bay area's Christian, Jewish, Pagan and Buddhist communities spoke at the service... Some...

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Controversy Over Pagan Fundraiser in Ramah

September 8, 2005

Source: The Montana Standard / The Colorado Springs Gazette

http://www.mtstandard.com/articles/2005/09/08/newsnationworld/hjjejajbjjgbga.txt

On September 8, 2005 The Colorado Springs Gazette reported, "This small eastern plains town is simmering with religious tension after a pagan group rented out the American Legion Hall for a festival on Halloween weekend. A Baptist minister tried to rally the town board to stop the gathering, and one...

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Pagan Pride Day Celebrated in Dover

August 29, 2005

Source: DelawareOnline.com / The News Journal

http://www.delawareonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050829/NEWS01/508290338/1006

On August 29, 2005 The News Journal reported on the fourth annual Pagan Pride Day, held on Dover's Legislative Mall last Sunday. "The event, which is growing larger every year, honors beliefs about spirituality and provides an opportunity for community. Workshops focused on tarot, rituals, kabala,...

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Update: Appeals Court Tosses Judge�s Order in Wiccan Parenting Case

August 17, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/173/story_17335_1.html

On August 17, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "A judge who ordered two Wicca believers to shield their son from their 'non-mainstream' faith overstepped his authority, an appeals court said Wednesday in dismissing the order. The Indiana Court of Appeals said state law gave a custodial parent the authority to determine a child's upbringing,...

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Small Town May Have Big Legal Bill in Wiccan Suit

August 14, 2005

Source: The State

Wire Service: AP

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/12383328.htm

On August 14, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "The tiny town of Great Falls may have to pay a hefty legal bill after losing a battle over whether the town should stop using Jesus Christ's name in prayers before council meetings. The U.S. Supreme Court refused in June to hear the town's appeal of a lower court ruling over the...

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ACLU Backs Wiccan Priestess

August 10, 2005

Source: The Washington Times

Wire Service: AP

http://www.washtimes.com/metro/20050809-101320-1232r.htm

On August 10, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Civil liberties lawyers have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Wiccan priestess to offer prayers before a public board's meetings. Cynthia Simpson was turned down in 2002 when she asked the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to add her name to the list of people who...

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Update: Judge Calls for Changes to Religious Vilification Laws

August 2, 2005

Source: NEWS.com.au/Herald Sun

http://www.news.com.au/story/0,10117,16121412-1243,00.html

On August 2, 2005 the Herald Sun reported, "A senior Victorian judge has called for changes to the state's contentious religious vilification laws. Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal president Stuart Morris's comments came as he dismissed as preposterous a lawsuit launched by a convicted sex offender and self-proclaimed witch. Prisoner Robin Fletcher claimed [that...

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North Dakota Catholic Hospital Creates Room to Accommodate Native American Ceremonies

July 31, 2005

Source: Knox News

Wire Service: AP

http://reg.knoxnews.com/kns/web/registrationForm?from=www.knoxnews.com/kns/national/article/0,1406,KNS_350_3966222,00.html

On July 31, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Sherman Iron Shield used to sneak his son behind some elevators at St. Alexius Medical Center so he could burn sacred herbs to chase away evil spirits without...

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Interfaith Weddings in North Jersey Create Blended Cultural Ceremonies

July 31, 2005

Source: Times Leader / The Record

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/living/12268601.htm

On July 31, 2005 The Record reported, "In multicultural regions, such as North Jersey, wedding customs often go way beyond something-borrowed, something-blue Americana. Many couples instead pay homage to ancient traditions or forge a unique ceremony to avoid a culture clash between families. 'Ceremonies are becoming more personalized, less cookie-cutter,' said...

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Government Abolishes Ancient Law Criminalizing Witchcraft

July 22, 2005

Source: The Australian

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,16009130%5e601,00.html

On July 22, 2005 The Australian reported, "Don't look for witches to be dancing with delight around their cauldrons over the removal from the statute books of ancient laws that criminalised witchcraft and fortune-telling. 'In some ways it's irrelevant,' said Caroline Tully of Melbourne, who says she's a witch. 'I've only known one...

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Profile of the Pagan Church of the Sacred Pentacle

July 16, 2005

Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050716/NEWS01/507160328/1002/NEWS

On July 16, 2005 the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that a Croning ceremony was held at the Pagan Church of the Sacred Pentacle in Bloomfield. "The ceremony for Shanna Schoenfeldt marked what the Pagans call the crone stage of life. It was a celebration of the wisdom that...

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Wiccan Getting Silent Treatment After Great Falls Court Battle

June 30, 2005

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/4987993p-4556234c.html

On June 30, 2005 The Herald reported, "Many town residents were talking Wednesday about their support for the Town Council in its efforts to name Jesus Christ in meeting prayers. At church, around town, in restaurants and in gas stations, people were talking about the case that pitted resident Darla Wynne against the council, which had, before the suit, invoked Jesus' name in...

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Author of "There's a Witch in the Boardroom" Consults for Businesses

June 26, 2005

Source: The Sunday Telegraph

http://sundaytelegraph.news.com.au/story/0,9353,15730340-28782,00.html

On June 26, 2005 The Sunday Telegraph reported, "Corporate Australia is turning to the occult in a bid to boost its bottom line, employing psychics and witches as alternative business consultants. Self-employed professionals, small business owners and executives in major, publicly listed companies are among those joining an expanding network of 'covens...

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