Paganism

Pagan in PA Sues Over Alleged Hiring Discrimination

December 26, 2004

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/features/religion/la-na-wiccan26dec26,1,5078689.story?coll=la-news-religion

On December 26, 2004 the Los Angeles Times reported, "as a member of a religious minority, Judith Smell is sensitive about her right to practice whatever religion she chooses. So when Lehigh Carbon Community College declined to hire her, she suspected it had something to do with her faith. And on Dec...

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Pagan Cluster Protests Militarism at School of the Americas, Harrassed by Police

December 7, 2004

Source: Reclaiming Quarterly

http://www.reclaimingquarterly.org/96/96-pol-soa2.html

On December 7, 2004 Reclaiming Quarterly reported, "Protesters, including the Pagan Cluster, experienced an alarming evolution in security techniques deployed at the School of the America's peace rally and prayer vigil, November 19-21, 2004 at Fort Benning Military Base in Columbus, Georgia. Some 16,000 people participated in the annual vigil, one of the largest of the SOA Watch...

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Pagans Protest Iraq War at School of America

November 19, 2004

Source: Reclaiming Quarterly

On November 19, 2004 the Reclaiming Quarterly 2005 Winter Edition reported, "protesters including the Pagan Cluster experienced an alarming evolution in security techniques deployed at the School of the Americas (SOA) peace rally and prayer vigil, November 19-21, 2004 at Fort Benning Military Base in Columbus, Georgia. Some 16,000 people participated in the annual vigil, one of the largest SOA Watch protests recorded... The Pagan Cluster for this action was made up of Witches and Pagans from across the country who were called by...

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Pagan's Host Interfaith Conference "Between the Worlds" in DE

November 14, 2004

Source: Witches' Voice

http://www.witchvox.com/festivals/fest_btw04.html

On November 14, 2004 Witches' Voice reported, "Between the Worlds is an irregularly scheduled interfaith esoteric conference organized by the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel, a multi-coven non-profit organization from the mid-Atlantic region. The conference benefits the New Alexandrian Library project, a magical and esoteric research library that will open its doors no later than 2010. Between the...

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Bush Victory “A Reprieve From the Agenda of Paganism”?

November 11, 2004

Source: Associated Press

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/politics/20041111-1736-bobjones-bush.html

On November 11, 2004 Associated Press reported, "Bob Jones III, president of the fundamentalist college that bears his name, has told President Bush he should use his electoral mandate to appoint conservative judges and approve legislation 'defined by biblical norm.' 'In your re-election, God has graciously granted America – though she...

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Traditional Christianity Declines, Mysticism on the Rise

November 4, 2004

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7-1342587,00.html

On November 4, 2004 The Times reported, "Christianity will be eclipsed by spirituality in 30 years, startling new research predicts. Our correspondent reports on the collapse of traditional religion and the rise of mysticism... Study after study appears to prove that people are increasingly losing faith in the Church and the Bible and turning instead to mysticism in guises ranging from...

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Update on Great Falls Prayer Case

November 4, 2004

Source: The State (S.C.)

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/10094129.htm

On November 4, 2004 The State (S.C.) reported, "the town of Great Falls has lost its appeal of a circuit court ruling ordering it not to invoke the name of Jesus Christ during prayers before its Town Council meetings. That ruling came as a result of a lawsuit filed in 2001 by Great Falls resident Darla Kaye Wynne, who practices the earth religion Wicca. Wynne said the prayers...

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Mayor of Salem, MA may Pardon Witches

November 1, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

On November 1, 2004 the Associated Press reported that "pardoning those who were persecuted during the witch hysteria in this city in the 17th century 'sounds like a good idea,' the mayor said. Stanley Usovicz was intrigued by a Scottish township's plan to pardon 81 people who were executed for witchcraft there, The Salem News reported... A good date for such a pardon might be in 2007, Usovicz said, the 315th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials. 'But I would suggest that anytime is...

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Halloween a Time of Worship and Remembrance for Pagans

October 30, 2004

Source: Springfield News Center

http://entertainment.news-leader.com/life/today/1030-Closertoth-214514.html

On October 30, 2004 Springfield News Center reported, "for pagans, [Halloween] is a holy time when communication between the living and dead is possible. Pat Allgeier, high priestess of the Greenleaf Coven in Springfield, says it's a time of reverence, but it is also good fun... Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the United...

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Wicca in the Mainstream

October 29, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/155/story_15517_1.html

On October 29, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "in the last 20 years, some Wiccans have lost custody of their children, their jobs, their homes after their faith became public. But today, as Wiccans celebrate Samhain, the new year and one of their most sacred holidays, their spiritual path is enjoying vast popularity and widespread acceptance. This weekend, Samhain celebrations and rituals will happen...

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Halloween Has No Appeal for Many Religious Groups

October 29, 2004

Source: Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/articles/4/190276-3254-009.html

On October 29, 2004 Indianapolis Star reported, "religious groups provide alternatives to what some view as Halloween's dark side. At College Park Baptist Church in Hamilton County, tonight's fall festival alternative to Halloween will include religious messages in candy bags and a talk about Jesus to go with a petting zoo and games. At the Sacred Earth Circle of Indianapolis, local...

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For Pagans in OR, Halloween Provides Opportunity for Family and Tradition

October 29, 2004

Source: The Register Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/10/29/a1.paganparents.1029.html

On October 29, 2004 The Register Guard reported, "in the countdown to Halloween, (Eugene, Oregon) harbors some distinct notions about witches and witchcraft. That's because Halloween ... is not just about costumes and trick-or-treating. It's about religious faith. As Wicca and related earth-based religions reach into the mainstream, more parents are...

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School District in Seattle Bans Halloween Citing Sensitivity to Wiccans

October 22, 2004

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/196371_spookban22.html

On October 22, 2004 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that, "assistant Superintendent Tony Apostle advised Puyallup principals in a memo last week that Halloween costumes and parties are now banned. Pumpkins and cornstalks are fine, he said, but witches, black cats or 'similar decorations that are intended to frighten or scare individuals' are not. Halloween is a...

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Worries About the Wiccans Next Door in MI

October 21, 2004

Source: ABC News

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/news/102104_NW_da_wicca.html

On October 21, 2004 ABC News provided a report on worries over a Wiccan sign posted in Oregon Township, Michigan. "Neighbors say the occupants plan to build a temple on the property to be used for worshiping. But the occupants [were reported saying] that it would be a spiritual temple. The supervisor of Oregon Township says they are looking into whether the new residents are violating any...

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