Paganism

Wiccan Sues SC Town Council Over Prayer

August 10, 2003

Source: The Charlotte Observer

http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/news/6500041.htm

On August 10, 2003 The Charlotte Observer reported that a Wicca high priestess was suing the Great Falls [SC] town council over the use of the name of Jesus Christ in pre-meeting prayers. Dan Huntley writes, "Two years ago, Wynne asked the council to not use Jesus Christ's name during the prayer because she felt it excluded her and other non-Christians. She says she's supportive...

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Pagan Community Gathers for Fellowship on Wisconsin Point

August 10, 2003

Source: Duluth News Tribune

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/6500683.htm

On August 10, 2003 the Duluth News Tribune reported on a pagan gathering on Wisconsin Point: "The group, called Pagans' Night Out-Twin Ports, welcomes anyone who is interested. In addition to picnics, the group hosts bonfires, zoo visits, campouts and the annual Witches' Ball. One of the picnic activities was the Rangoli ritual, which involves creating artwork in...

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Texas: Wiccan Accuses Pastor of Harassment

August 3, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.caller.com/ccct/state_texas_news/article/0,1641,CCCT_876_2156428,00.html

On August 3, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "a self-proclaimed witch in the eastern Hill Country is accusing a Christian pastor of leading a harassment campaign aimed at ruining her business and driving her out of the region... Margie Allen, who practices the pagan religion Wicca, also charges that the Llano County...

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Update: Kingsland,TX Wiccans relocate to Burnet; still face harassment

August 1, 2003

Source: KXAN-TV 36 Online (Austin, TX)

http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1385893&nav=0s3dHFJ2

On August 1, 2003 NBC affiliate KXAN-36 in Austin, TX reported that a group of Wiccans who had relocated to Burnet from Kingsland were still experiencing harassment and would be holding a press conference with their attorney in Burnet. "An FBI spokesperson says they're looking into the threats the store owner [Margie Allen] has on an answering machine...

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Wiccan Sues Chesterfield County on Charges of Discrimination

July 24, 2003

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post

http://www.gwinnettdailyonline.com/GDP/archive/article3EC8571A82704292A40E0519890F2B7D.asp

On July 24, 2003 the Gwinnett Daily Post reported that "The Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors is violating the U.S. Constitution by refusing to allow a self-proclaimed witch to open meetings with a prayer, the woman’s lawyer told a federal magistrate Tuesday... A lawyer for the county disagreed,...

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Wiccan and Pagans in Connecticut

July 23, 2003

Source: Record-Journal

http://www.record-journal.com/articles/2003/07/23/news/news04.txt

On July 23, 2003 the Record-Journal reported that Jacqueline "Glen, 37, a city native, left Catholicism three years ago and found she fit in with Wicca... Wicca, the practice of witchcraft, is a fast growing religion with hundreds of organizations and covens throughout the state, according to the Connecticut Wiccan and Pagan Network... The religion has been around...

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Fort Wayne Pagan Alliance to Organize Festival in Indiana

July 13, 2003

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.indystar.com/print/articles/6/057639-6106-127.html

On July 13, 2003 The Associated Press reported that "Elizabeth Markey wants people to know pagans do not turn people into toads and put spells on people... Markey, co-founder of the Fort Wayne Pagan Alliance, said she and others like her practice an Earth-based religion that is often misunderstood by people... '...

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Editorial: Silent Interfaith Meetings with the Religious Society of Friends

July 12, 2003

Source: The Register-Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2003/07/12/d7.rel.trimcolumn.0712.html

On July 12, 2003 The Register-Guard printed an editorial by Helen Park stating that "the Friends Meeting... is distinct from the Friends Church... We have no pastor or prescribed order of service. We worship in silence, with occasional ministry that can come from anyone present. We believe that everyone has direct access to Divine inspiration and...

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Editorial: Seeming Lack of Religious Tolerance in Central Illinois

July 11, 2003

Source: The Daily Journal

http://www.daily-journal.com/content/?id=30422

On July 11, 2003 The Daily Journal printed an editorial by Phil Angelo stating that "there is nothing so American as respecting the beliefs of others and allowing them the freedom to practice those beliefs. Sadly, twice in recent weeks, religious intolerance has come to the forefront... In early June, the Kankakee County Board [IL] voted 15-8 against granting a special use permit for a proposed Muslim...

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Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

July 10, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

http://www.news-gazette.com/story.cfm?Number=14137

On July 10, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "the director of the Wiccan school said he and other leaders are searching for a site in East Central Illinois. But he said they plan to make good on their promise to stay out of the old Grant Township Building or any other building in Hoopeston... 'Do I still want the building? Yes,' Hubbard continued. 'Would I have liked to have moved to Hoopeston...

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Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

July 2, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

http://www.news-gazette.com/story.cfm?Number=14087

On July 2, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "citing an atmosphere of intolerance, and fear for their safety, Wiccan leaders said they are abandoning their dream of opening a school that teaches the alternative religion in Hoopeston... The meeting drew about 100 residents, most of whom vehemently opposed the project... 'We're not giving up (on East Central Illinois) yet,' continued Hubbard,...

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Wiccans Celebrate Sumer Solstice

June 21, 2003

Source: St. Petersburg Times

http://www.sptimes.com/2003/06/21/Pasco/For_Wiccans__a_time_o.shtml

On June 21, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "For Linda Hazen and her coven, today is Litha, a time for thanksgiving, bonfires and celebrating the start of the harvest season... At Hazen's house on Lake Patience Road, she and her coveners will gather for a religious ritual around a circle in the back yard. They will wear long robes and bare their...

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Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

June 20, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

http://www.news-gazette.com/story.cfm?Number=13094

On June 20, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "First Apostolic Church Pastor Kenneth Murray is not hiding his distaste for the new Wiccan school in Hoopeston. His church on 205 E. Penn St. is directly across from the school, which is set to open in the fall... Members of the Hoopeston religious community might have different levels of knowledge of the alternative religion, but the four...

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Reactions to Wicca Lecture in Dallas, TX

June 20, 2003

Source: Times Leader

http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/news/6127878.htm

On June 20, 2003 the Times Leader reported that "self-proclaimed witch's talk this week about Wicca at College Misericordia's Diversity Camp was so popular with high school students that it was expanded by a half-hour... Others, however, say Tom Jarmiolowski's discussion about his religion on Monday should not have taken place at the camp... Dallas Baptist Church pastor Ernest...

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Update: Wiccan Leader Abandons Opening School in Hoopston, IL

June 19, 2003

Source: The News-Gazette

http://www.newsgazette.com/story.cfm?Number=13089

On June 19, 2003 The News-Gazette reported that "the world of Wicca will become more accessible in East Central Illinois because Chicago-based Telepathic Media has purchased the former town hall building in Hoopeston for use as a school to teach Wiccan principles, which include a belief in a god and goddess of nature... The staff envisions the school at 200 E. Penn St. eventually becoming a four-...

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