Paganism

Pagan Student Group at Vanderbilt University Expands

April 4, 2005

Source: The Vanderbilt Hustler

http://www.vanderbilthustler.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/04/04/425134f051863

On April 4, 2005 The Vanderbilt Hustler reported, "The Vanderbilt Pagan Society, which officially began this semester, is providing the opportunity for those who practice Paganism to do so in a group setting and is allowing people who are interested to learn more about Paganism. Senior Arthur Moore started meeting with three...

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Orlando Wiccan Cooperative Denied Sales Tax Exemption

March 18, 2005

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/11095402.htm

On March 18, 2005 the Tallahassee Democrat reported, "the witches may have finally lost their four-year struggle for a state sales-tax exemption. The Wiccan Religious Cooperative of Florida, based in Orlando, sued the Florida Department of Revenue on Halloween 2000, saying the state had wrongly denied it a tax exemption. A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal this...

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Religious Leaders Tap into MP3 Technology

March 4, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_2596528#top

On March 4, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "Godcasting is the latest advancement in online religion, in which preachers convert their sermons to audio to be heard on portable digital audio devices. Using iPods or any portable MP3 player, 'podcasting' lets people download audio programs that can be listened to whenever they like. It's a form of audio syndication that musicians, businessmen, tech talk...

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Clash Between Wiccans and Christians Led to Threats of Violence, Arrests at High School

February 18, 2005

Source: The Advocate

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/021005/sub_violence001.shtml

On February 18, 2005 The Advocate reported, "a team of 20 law-enforcement officers arrested two high school students Wednesday after problems between a student prayer group and a small neopagan group, officials said. Rumors that someone would be killed Wednesday spread during the four-day Mardi Gras weekend and brought a state of hysteria at Jewel Sumner High School on...

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Pagan Community Blames Entertainment Industry for Furthering Misconceptions about Faith

February 18, 2005

Source: Iowa State Daily

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/02/11/420c43e433802

On February 18, 2005 the Iowa State Daily reported, "students and others who practice paganism are commonly misunderstood, because of the entertainment industry's interpretation of their religion. Nikki Bado-Fralick, assistant professor of religious studies and folklorist [at Iowa State University], says magic is really about appreciating nature and...

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Boston University Recognizes Wiccan Student Group

February 17, 2005

Source: The Daily Free Press

http://www.dailyfreepress.com/news/2005/02/17/News/Wicca.Given.Religious.Status.At.Bu-868181.shtml

On February 17, 2005 The Daily Free Press reported, "after applying and getting denied twice, the Boston University Nemeton Wicca Student Group was approved by the Religious Life Council as a new religious organization on campus Wednesday afternoon at Marsh Chapel. The RLC denied the group, which...

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Hotel Cancels Reservation for Wiccan Gathering

February 11, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.wpri.com/Global/story.asp?S=2903710

On February 11, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "a pagan celebration in Missouri has been moved to another site after the original hotel in backed out. Members of the Ozark Avalon Church of Nature-Wicca are gathering this weekend in Columbia to mark the Wiccan holiday celebrating the transition from winter to spring. They planned to meet at the Hannibal Inn. But high priestess Rose Wise says she...

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Wiccan Gift Shop Opens in Wallingford, Hoping to Dispel Stereotypes

February 7, 2005

Source: Record-Journal

http://www.record-journal.com/articles/2005/02/02/news/news04.txt

On February 7, 2005 the Record-Journal reported, "Lily Pedersen, a 51-year-old lifelong Wallingford resident, opened the Black Cat Gift Shoppe at 182 Quinnipiac St. Saturday morning with the hope that residents will keep an open mind. 'We are a gift shop with a twist,' said Pedersen, a 1971 Lyman Hall High School graduate. 'It's a Wiccan shop, but there are a lot of...

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Wicca Becoming Increasingly Popular in US

February 4, 2005

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: RNS

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/160/story_16005_1.html

On February 4, 2005 Beliefnet/RNS reported, "this year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Gerald Gardner's Witchcraft Today. This folksy and rambling book might well have ended up consigned to the moldy used bookstores of the world, were it not for its audacious claim: that the author was an initiate in a genuine coven of Witches,...

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Wiccans Among Diverse Religious Groups Meeting at Lackland Air Force Base

January 26, 2005

Source: Worldnet Daily

http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=42558

On January 26, 2005 Worldnet Daily reported, "members of the U.S. Air Force stationed at a Texas base – which prides itself as being the most religiously diverse – are attending weekly meetings for devotees of the Wiccan religion at a base facility. Though the Wiccan meetings at Lackland Air Force Base are not considered 'services,' since there is no official chaplain...

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Spiritual Center in Ithaca Home to Many Religions

January 19, 2005

Source: The Ithaca Journal

http://www.theithacajournal.com/news/stories/20050119/localnews/1886821.html

On January 19, 2005 The Ithaca Journal reported, "located on Turkey Hill Road in Ithaca [NY], the Foundation of Light offers a unique spiritual experience for local residents who are looking for an environment that is accepting of all religious and nonreligious denominations. In the early 1970s, the Foundation of Light was established by Mabel...

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