Paganism

2001 Census Shows Growing Religious Diversity

November 28, 2003

Source: The West Australian

http://www.thewest.com.au/20031128/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto116339.html

On November 28, 2003 The West Australian reported, "The most comprehensive profile of WA's religion, language and birthplace - launched this week - reveals there are five main religions and more than 30 minor ones flourishing in WA. The profile is based on results from the 2001 census.More than 63 per cent of the population...

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Witch Sues Christians for Anti-Wiccan Comments

November 21, 2003

Source: Cybercast News Service

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewForeignBureaus.asp?Page=%5CForeignBureaus%5Carchive%5C200311%5CFOR20031121b.html

On November 21, 2003 Cybercast News Service reported, "Controversial new hate legislation already being applied against two Australian pastors accused of vilifying Islam, is now being used by a witch who objected to warnings made by elected officials about occult activity....

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Montana Student Maps Local Religious Diversity

November 18, 2003

Source: Bozeman Daily Chronicle

http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/articles/2003/11/17/news/montanabzbigs.txt

On November 18, 2003 the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported on Scott Hyslop, a religious studies and math major from Montana who recently mapped the state's religions for Harvard University's Pluralism Project. Hyslop was one of two-dozen university students from across the United States charged with seeking out religious diversity....

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Pagan Rallies Florida Listeners Against Trade Rally

November 14, 2003

Source: Sun-Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/local/southflorida/sfl-drally14nov14,0,2033132.story?coll=sfla-news-front

On November 14, 2003 Sun-Sentinel reported that "Starhawk, a pagan witch and author from Mendocino, Calif., conjured up some spiritualist theory to convince about 80 listeners they should join thousands of others in protest against the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting next week in...

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Update: Court Rules Chesterfield County Discriminated Against Wiccan

November 13, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.dailypress.com/news/local/virginia/dp-va--prayerlawsuit1113nov13,0,1828423.story?coll=dp-headlines-virginia

On November 13, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Chesterfield County officials cannot endorse an official religious preference while excluding other religions from opening board meetings with a prayer, a federal judge ruled Thursday. U.S. District...

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Florida Zoning Board Refuses Wiccan Church Permit

November 8, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.religionnewsblog.com/html/5014-Panhandle_zoning_board_rejects_Wiccan_church.html

On November 8, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Santa Rosa County's zoning board unanimously refused to let a Wiccan church meet in a residential neighborhood, a decision applauded by about 200 opponents. One opponent held up a Bible and pointed to it in front of about a dozen Pagans who attended the...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

November 2, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/gwinnett/1103/02wiccans.html

On November 2, 2003 the Atlanta Journal-Constitution profiled Donna Passaro, an Atlanta Wiccan who celebrates the festiival of Samhain on Halloween each year. "'It's the highest holiday for us,' said Passaro, 'high priestess' of the Harvest Hearth coven in Norcross. 'Imagine the holiday of Christmas -- the trimming of the tree, the midnight...

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Halloween 2003: Controversies

October 31, 2003

Source: Lodi News-Sentinel

http://www.lodinews.com/articles/2003/10/30/news/01_halloween_031030.txt

On October 31, 2003, the Lodi News-Sentinel reported that "the evolution of Halloween over hundreds of years has local religious leaders disagreeing whether Halloween violates the teachings of both Jesus Christ and the Bible. Pastor Loren Stacy of Lodi's Church of God (Seventh-day) says that Halloween violates Scripture. So does William Van Amber...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

October 31, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A44375-2003Oct30.html

On October 31, 2003 The Washington Post reported on a new book on Wiccans that applies social science techniques and unearths certain demographic patterns. "Typically, Wiccans are white, college-educated and middle class, according to 'Voices from the Pagan Census: A National Survey of Witches and Neo-Pagans in the United States,' which polled 2,000 believers...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

October 31, 2003

Source: Forward

http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.10.31/living1.html

On October 31, 2003 Forward published an article on Jewish "witches," or individuals who "have a strong sense of Jewish identity but also practice magic, cast spells and tend to identify with 'goddess-directed' worship. Their beliefs run the gamut from strict monotheists to those who worship a pantheon of goddesses... their numbers could be in the hundreds. In September, Jewitchery.com site...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

October 31, 2003

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/116/story_11615_1.html

On October 31, 2003 Beliefnet published an editorial by Selena Fox on her experiences as a Wiccan in rural Wisconsin. "At nightfall on October 31 we celebrate the Feast of the Dead in my household. I set a place at the kitchen table and invite our deceased loved ones and ancestors to be with us there in spirit... Later in the evening, and on several subsequent nights, I review family history...

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Halloween 2003: Celebrations and Spirituality

October 31, 2003

Source: Heartland News

http://www.kfvs12.com/Global/story.asp?S=1503111&nav=8H3xIp1q

On October 31, 2003 the Heartland News reported that "Halloween is just around the corner, but for some people it's not just a time to dress up or go trick or treating; it's time to focus on a much more spiritual event. Wiccans are people who have earth based pagan beliefs, and part of a religion that's not only one of the fastest growing religions across the country, but also...

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