Paganism

Parliamentary Candidate Criticizes Council for Including Link to Pagan Site on Website

March 22, 2004

Source: Waltham Forest Guardian

http://www.walthamforestguardian.co.uk/news/localnews/display.var.472503.0.tory_blasts_council_pagan_link.php

On March 22, 2004 the Waltham Forest Guardian reported, "The council is wasting taxpayers' cash to promote a pagan website selling witchcraft information packs and cauldrons, claims a Tory parliamentary candidate. Julien Foster, of Abbotts Park Road, Leyton, criticised...

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A Pagan Group at the University of Iowa

March 18, 2004

Source: The Iowa City Press-Citizen

http://www.press-citizen.com/news/031804spiral.htm

On March 18, 2004 The Iowa City Press-Citizen reported on "the Society of Pagans Invested in Reviving Ancient Lifestyles, better known as SPIRAL. The roughly 15-member group aims to dispel misconceptions about witchcraft and magic, such as presumptions about black cats. It also offers students and community members who are 'out of the broom closet' a chance to find others who also...

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Pagan Community at Stanford

March 15, 2004

Source: The Cornell Daily Sun

http://www.cornellsun.com/articles/11271/

On March 15, 2004 The Cornell Daily Sun reported, "Nearly 15 students gathered in Anabel Taylor Hall on Saturday to kick-off a new Pagan student group...At an organizational meeting a few weeks ago, the meeting's facilitators came up with a list of possible ideas. These included social networking, discussion groups, building connections with adults and forming a Pagan community."

California Group Honors Multicultural Goddesses

March 4, 2004

Source: The Alameda Times-Star

http://www.timesstar.com/Stories/0,1413,125%257E1549%257E1996119,00.html?search=filter

On March 4, 2004 The Alameda Times-Star reported, "The divine inspiration in Leilani Birely's life is definitely present, but she's pretty sure of one thing - it isn't an old man with a long white beard. In fact, the spiritual presence in her life isn't a man at all. Birely is the priestess of the Daughters of the...

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Council Issues Public Entertainment License to Pagan Beltane Fire Festival; Limits Attendees

February 19, 2004

Source: The Scotsman

http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=196812004

On February 19, 2004 The Scotsman reported, "The Beltane Fire Festival, which heralds the arrival of spring with spectacular traditional dancing, is to return to Edinburgh after organisers struck a deal with the council to lease Calton Hill for a night. The agreement, which puts the boisterous all-night event on a formal footing for the first time, will mean revellers from around the world being...

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Paganism on the Rise, Christianity "Singled Out for Exclusion"

February 7, 2004

Source: Zenit.org

http://www.zenit.org/english/visualizza.phtml?sid=48649

On February 7, 2004 Zenit.org posted a story on the rise of paganism worldwide, contrasted with incidents in which Christianity has been "singled out for exclusion." The article mentioned Denmark's legalization of marriages conducted by worshippers of the Norse gods and the U.S. federal court case in favor of allowing Wiccan Cyndi Simpson to deliver an invocation at a Chesterfield (Va.) county...

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Wiccan Priestess Charges Town Council With Violating Church and State Prohibitions in SC

February 5, 2004

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3305241p-2949326c.html

On February 5, 2004 the Herald reported that, "the American Jewish Congress has filed a brief with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to support a lawsuit brought by a Great Falls woman prohibiting specific Christian references in council prayers. The brief, filed Tuesday by the organization's chief lawyer, Marc Stern, said the use of specific faith preference in town...

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AJC Supports Lawsuit by Wiccan Priestess

February 5, 2004

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldonline.com/local/story/3305241p-2949326c.html

On February 5, The Herald reported that "the American Jewish Congress has filed a brief with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to support a lawsuit brought by a Great Falls woman prohibiting specific Christian references in council prayers. The brief, filed Tuesday by the organization's chief lawyer, Marc Stern, said the use of specific faith preference in town council...

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Teens Vandalize Catholic Church

February 4, 2004

Source: The Patriot Ledger

http://ledger.southofboston.com/articles/2004/02/04/news/news01.txt

On February 4, 2004 The Patriot Ledger reported that "two Stoughton teens broke into a Catholic church and used it as their pagan playground, spraying fire extinguishers, drinking the sacramental wine, and urinating on the altar and in the holy water. They were arrested yesterday after the younger of the two, a 14-year-old runaway, showed up drunk at school,...

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Pagans in the Military

January 22, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/138/story_13856_1.html

On January 22, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "In the spring of 1999, Georgia congressman Bob Barr sent shockwaves throughout the Pagan community when he repeatedly attacked the presence of Witchcraft on U.S. military bases. Upset by the existence of a visible and apparently successful Pagan organization at Fort Hood in Texas, Barr introduced legislation to prohibit the practice of Wicca or any other...

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County Says Zoning Change Not Necessary for Wiccan Gatherings in Home

January 7, 2004

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/local/7649002.htm

On January 7, 2004 the Tallahassee Democrat ran an Associated Press article that reported, "Santa Rosa County officials say members of a Wiccan church can meet at their leader's home near this Florida Panhandle city without a permit or zoning change. The county's zoning board in November denied a rezoning application by the Rev. William E. Livingston, who...

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Pagans May Receive Right to Worship in FL

January 5, 2004

Source: The Pensacola News-Journal

http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com/news/010504/Local/ST005.shtml

On January 5, 2004 The Pensacola News-Journal reported, "A compromise between Santa Rosa County and a local Wiccan church might be near. It could allow church members to worship in a residential area and defuse a potential religious freedom dispute. County Commissioners are scheduled to hear an appeal from the church over a denied permit at 6 tonight. The...

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Pagan Inmate Says He Can't Practice Religion

January 4, 2004

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.fac.org/rel_liberty/publiclife/news.aspx?id=12409

On January 4, 2004 The Associated Press reported, "An inmate who practices Wicca has filed a federal civil rights suit, claiming Bedford County jail officials are violating his religious rights by forbidding him to practice his religion. 'If it has spells in it, I'm not allowed to have it,' Charles Risenburg, 27, of Saxton, said in the lawsuit. He is not seeking any...

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Pagans in Florida

January 1, 2004

Source: Sarasota Herald-Tribune

http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20040101/NEWS/401010456/1034

On January 1, 2004 the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported on the lives and practices of Wiccans in Florida. "Wicca is a specific group within the broader neo-pagan movement, said Heather Morcroft of Orlando, president of the Wicca Religious Cooperative of Florida. She estimated that there are several hundred Wiccans in the...

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