Paganism

Profile of Pagan Reconstructionists in the U.S. and Abroad

August 17, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/151/story_15106_1.html

On August 17, 2004 Beliefnet reported that, "reconstructionists are a group of neo-pagans–people who look to pre-Christian cultures for their faith–different branches of which worship the gods of ancient Norse, Roman, Egyptian, and Druid peoples. And while scholars say their numbers are only a fraction of the neo-pagan community, they also say they are a vibrant illustration of the...

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Wiccan Priestess Harassed Following Challenge to Town Council

August 17, 2004

Source: Religious News Service

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/151/story_15144_1.html

On August 17, 2004 Religious News Service reported, "Police in Great Falls, S.C., Tuesday investigated the killing of a Wiccan high priestess' parrot, which was beheaded and whose heart was cut out. About a dozen pagans attended the Great Falls Town Council meeting Monday to show their support for Darla Wynne, who found her 8-year-old pet slain last week with a note attached that said...

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Few Orthodox Priests Concerned About Pagan Roots of Olympic Games

August 15, 2004

Source: Beliefnet.com/The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/151/story_15148_1.html

On August 15, 2004 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, "In the weeks before these Summer Games began, a few outspoken and fundamentalist-minded priests preached that old-time religion, complaining --- in print --- that the Olympics were sacrilegious. 'We're reveling too much in the pagan pastimes. I don't approve,' Father Peter, a priest in Marathon,...

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Pagan Art Festival in Milham Park, Michigan

August 14, 2004

Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

http://www.mlive.com/news/kzgazette/index.ssf?/base/news-0/1092482565306790.xml

On August 14, 2004 Kalamazoo Gazette reported, "Artists with a flair for paganism will be featured at this year's Pagan Pride Day festival scheduled for Sept. 18 in Milham Park. Up to 30 new and established artists will be featured at the day-long event. 'The theme of the show will be that of the Pagan Pride Day event, with shamanism,...

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U.S. Military Active in Accommodating Wiccan Soldiers

August 12, 2004

Source: Contra Costa Times

http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/9380053.htm

On August 12, 2004 Contra Costa Times reported, "After U.S. military personnel pelted American Wiccan servicemen and servicewomen in Iraq with bottles and rocks as they worshipped in a sacred circle, the Pentagon turned to Patrick McCollum of Moraga... Wiccans represent a small fraction of the military, roughly 1,500 among 1.4 million active personnel, but the Pentagon wants...

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Pagan's Charge of Vilification Against Christian City Councilors Headed to Court

August 10, 2004

Source: Crosswalk.com/CNSNews.com

http://www.crosswalk.com/news/religiontoday/1278310.html

On August 10, 2004 CNSNews.com reported, "A long-running dispute between two Christian city councilors and pagans in Australia is heading for the courts, where the public officials face complaints of vilification under a law which some Christians fear is being used to stifle free speech. Rob Wilson, the mayor of a city on the edge of Melbourne, will defend himself Thursday...

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Officials Defy Court Rulings Banning Exclusive Prayers in S.C.

August 9, 2004

Source: AP

http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/local/9351133.htm

On August 9, 2004 AP reported, "Some local government leaders in South Carolina are continuing to pray to a specific god at meetings, despite a federal appeals court ruling that such religion-specific prayers are unconstitutional. Charleston County Councilman Tim Scott described the ruling as part of a continuing attack on Christianity, and he said he hopes his council will fight back by...

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Greek Deities Were Central to Original Olympic Games

August 6, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/religion/stories/080704dnrelgreekfaith.9d1.html

On August 6, 2004 The Dallas Morning News ran a feature article on the ancient Greek gods and goddesses, as a precursor to the upcoming Olympic Games in Athens: "You'll soon be hearing a lot about Apollo, Dionysus, Athena, and their friends and relations. The ancient Greek gods and goddesses will be...

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Wiccans Search for Acceptance in N.C.

August 4, 2004

Source: Smokey Mountain News

http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/08_04/08_04_04/fr_wicca.html

On August 4, 2004 Smokey Mountain News reported, "Lammas ritual leader, Chris, adopted her Gardenarian Wiccan faith after renouncing her Catholic faith. She made the decision after being told that she was forbidden to become a priest (women are not allowed to serve as Catholic priests) and later, publicly chided for arriving late to Mass. She first read...

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Town Council Looks to Appeal Court Ruling on Opening Prayer in S.C.

July 30, 2004

Source: Associated Press

http://www.thecarolinachannel.com/news/3596744/detail.html

On July 30, 2004 the Associated Press reported, "The Great Falls Town Council has agreed to fight a decision by a federal appeals court that bars using the name of Jesus Christ in prayers before meetings. The council agreed unanimously to ask the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to rehear the case. Great Falls Mayor H.C. Starnes said most of the people in the town would want the...

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Interfaith Group Aids Faith Traditions Beyond the Mainstream in OK

July 27, 2004

Source: The Oklahoman

http://www.newsok.com/article/1284206/?template=news/main

On July 27, 2004 The Oklahoman reported that "A year ago, [Emmah Eastwind] helped organize the Deep Root Community Center, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to shelter groups that embrace spiritual beliefs outside the mainstream in Oklahoma. The Deep Root umbrella covers practitioners of holistic health, metaphysical organizations and assorted pagan groups, including Sekhet-...

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Update: Court Upholds Ruling Prohibiting Christian Town Council Prayer

July 23, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=13769

On July 23, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "A federal appeals court yesterday upheld a judge's ruling that prohibits the Great Falls, S.C., Town Council from opening its meetings with a prayer that mentions Jesus Christ. A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that such prayers amount to an unconstitutional government...

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Pagans Attend World Parliament of Religions

July 10, 2004

Source: WitchVox.com

http://www.witchvox.com/words/words_2004/e_powr.html

On July 10, 2004 WitchVox.com posted an essay by Jerrie Hildebrand that reported, "This week, over sixty Pagans, Wiccans, Witches, Asatru and Contemporary Shamans from the United States, Finland, the Netherlands, Germany, England, Spain, Mexico, and other places are participants to the Council of the Parliament of World Religions in Barcelona, Spain. Representatives of Circle Sanctuary, Lady...

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Inter-Religious and Inter-Ethnic Weddings on the Rise in U.S.

July 6, 2004

Source: The Courier Journal

http://www.courier-journal.com/features/2004/07/06/weddings.html

On July 6, 2004 the Courier Journal reported that , "For more and more American couples, the standard wedding is fast being replaced by ceremonies with deep family meaning that incorporate the couple's ethnic heritage.couples, the standard wedding is fast being replaced by ceremonies with deep family meaning that incorporate the couple's ethnic heritage... The...

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