Paganism

Summer Solstice Celebrations Take Place at Stonehenge

June 21, 2004

Source: Scotsman.com/PA News

http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=3092924

On June 21, 2004 PA News reported, "The ancient arches of Stonehenge rang to the sound of jungle drums and jazz saxophone today as thousands thronged the monument to mark the summer solstice. About 21,000 people opted to banish Monday morning blues and brave the chilly temperatures to catch a glimpse of the sun rising between the ancient stones. With druids and the occasional punk mingling happily...

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School Board Rules Out Pagan Club in FL

June 5, 2004

Source: The First Amendment Center

http://www.firstamendmentcenter.org/news.aspx?id=13467

On June 5, 2004 The First Amendment Center reported, "The Okaloosa County School Board passed a rule to prevent a 12-year-old girl from forming a pagan club at her school. The board passed a requirement that clubs have at least five members and a faculty sponsor after the girl's mother, Stephney Aigret, had approached officials at Max Bruner Jr. Middle School in Fort Walton...

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Witch Sues Mayor for Discrimination

May 11, 2004

Source: The Courier-Mail

http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9524827%255E953,00.html

On May 11, 2004 The Courier-Mail reported, "A transgender witch is suing a mayor, claiming she became 'an emotional wreck' after he outed her as a witch in a press release and on community radio. Olivia Watts, a male police officer turned black magic woman in Casey, in Melbourne's southeast, will test Victoria's unique...

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Beltane Fire Festival Held to Welcome Spring

May 1, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/edinburgh.cfm?id=495402004

On May 1, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Despite weather that was more like winter, the rites of spring were celebrated again in Edinburgh last night. Thousands of spectators bought tickets for the first time to watch the Beltane Fire Festival on the city’s Calton Hill. Contrasting the disappointment at the festival’s cancellation last year, last night saw an atmosphere of celebration...

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Pagan Circle Sanctuary Celebrates Beltane in WI

April 29, 2004

Source: The Bismarck Tribune

http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2004/04/29/news/life/lif01.txt

On April 29, 2004 The Bismarck Tribune reported, "Selena Fox is one of the leaders of Circle Sanctuary, 200 acres in southwestern Wisconsin, which is both a nature preserve and a nature spirituality center. This weekend the center, near Mount Horeb, Wis., will celebrate Beltane, one of eight festivals marking 'the wheel of the year' by a variety of...

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Editorial: Harry Potter Party Promotes Reading, Not Wicca

April 17, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/opinion/stories/041704dnccoharrypotter.9c6f.html

On April 17, 2004 The Dallas Morning News published an editorial saying, "The Plano school district is a long way from Hogwarts Castle. But a lawsuit seeking to block a Harry Potter party next month at one of the district's elementary schools brought the school for wizards...

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Harry Potter School Party Opposed for Encouraging Wicca

April 15, 2004

Source: The Dallas Morning News

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/collin/stories/041504dnmetpotter.53b79.html

On April 15, 2004 The Dallas Morning News reported, "A Harry Potter party will go on next month at a Plano elementary school, despite one parent's attempt to have the courts block the event on constitutional grounds. A federal judge in Sherman on Wednesday decided that a student party starring...

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Wiccan Discusses Faith With Others

April 6, 2004

Source: Yorkregion.com

http://www.yorkregion.com/yr/newscentre/erabanner/story/1796637p-2112645c.html

On April 6, 2004 Yorkregion.com ran a feature article on a Wiccan woman in Aurora: "Lady Tahena Starfire likes to say she is out of the closet -- the broom closet. A witch and Wiccan from a very early age, she was born Julie Mark but prefers to use her wiccan names...She has been a Wiccan for more than 22 years and believes she was born to it...

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Pagans Expected to Receive Admittance to Scottish Interfaith Council

April 4, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=383252004

On April 4, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "Pagans are set to receive approval from one of Scotland’s leading religious bodies for the first time. They are expected to be admitted to the Scottish Interfaith Council, which represents all the main faiths in Scotland, and hope the move will pave the way for official state recognition of pagan weddings and funerals as well as special leave for events...

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Pagan Wedding Rituals Increasing in Popularity

April 3, 2004

Source: The Times Argus

http://timesargus.com/Regional_News/Story/81585.html

On April 3, 2004 The Times Argus reported, "Across the country, pagan weddings are popular again. Apparently tired of the strictures of traditional ceremonies, couples are turning to the religion of the Druids for inspiration, from 'handfasting' [an ancient ritual that binds together a couple's hands to represent their unity and commitment to one another] to pentagramatic seating arrangements...

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Popularity of Wicca Growing

March 23, 2004

Source: The Age

http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/03/22/1079939577696.html

On March 23, 2004 The Age reported, "If you believe statistics, Melbourne is the witch capital of Australia. According to the 2001 census there are 4155 pagans in the metropolitan area — the highest concentration in Australia...The number of Australians identifying themselves as either witches or wiccans more than quadrupled in the five years between the last two censuses...With...

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