On November 6, 2002 The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "Mexicans in metro Atlanta commemorated Dia de
los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a celebration rooted in both their indigenous
traditions and their adopted Christianity. Several hundred people viewed 13 homemade altars at a celebration in Forest
Park sponsored by the city and the Mexican consul general's office Saturday. The celebration... shares its philosophy with
that of other cultures such as those in Asia and Africa in which ancestor...
On November 5, 2002 the Intelligencer Journal reported that "because they find meaning and comfort in ancient traditions that pay respect
to nature and the turn of the seasons, the Bezzards, one-time Methodists,
practice Wicca, a modern faith reconstructed from the earth-based beliefs of
pre-Christian peoples. Their daughter, Jessica, 25, was the first in the family enamored of Wicca.
As a nonconforming 15-year-old, she became intrigued with Wicca's belief in the
divinity of nature, as represented by a god and goddess, and...
On November 1, 2002 the Chicago Tribune reported that "the first Wiccan to serve as a prison chaplain in Wisconsin and a Muslim chaplain were both ousted from the Waupun Clergy Association, which now allows only Christians as members. Muslim Imam Ronald Beyah said last week's action included him so it wouldn't appear the group was targeting the...
On October 31, 2002 The Boston Globe reported that "witchcraft, or the Wicca religion, which combines folk magic, astrology, and
a dedication to the environment, is shedding its Hollywood rap of devil worship
and animal sacrifice. These days, it means big business to [Salem]'s economy.
Partially because of America's growing interest in the religion, and it's
near-obsession with Halloween, nearly $30 million will flow into the shops,
museums, and restaurants here during the month of October. This represents
almost a third of...
On October 31, 2002 WomensENews reported that "Cyndi Simpson has come under fire by the Board of Supervisors of Chesterfield County [Virginia], which has barred her from offering a prayer before its open meetings, a customary practice there. Simpson, 47, says she simply wants to share the Wiccan tradition with her hometown of Richmond. Wicca focuses on ritual, nature, spirituality, prayers and...
On October 31, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "Halloween is having a tough time hanging on in some Twin Cities schools as
parents contend that the scary holiday conflicts with their families' religious
beliefs. In religious traditions ranging from conservative Christian to Jewish to
Muslim, Halloween is looked down upon among some adherents as a pagan
or a celebration of evil spirits. Other parents say the real point of Halloween is the candy and the
chance for children to pretend they are someone else. Some of the...
On October 29, 2002 the Metro West Daily News reported that "the religion of Wicca, or paganism, now draws thousands of teenagers who say it is a healthy, individualistic faith that brings them closer to nature. Sarah Bernardi, a junior at Marlborough High School, was always intrigued by astrology and psychic powers. Bernardi is one of many local...
On October 27, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "many conservative Christians have stopped celebrating
what today is the second -biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas, in
America with an expected $6.9 billion in sales of candy, decorations and
costumes this year. The anti-Halloween movement has ebbed and flowed in this country, flaring up
most recently, experts say, around 20 years ago when reports of razor blades in
apples and poisoned candies became more common, not to mention widespread
On October 26, 2002 Omaha World-Herald reported that "Some... conservative Christians, Jews and Muslims,
object to [Halloween's] pagan roots. But Halloween, which many Americans will
celebrate Thursday, actually has numerous ties to Christian faiths. Halloween has its origins in the pagan celebration of the Celtic New Year,
which fell during harvest time, around the beginning of November. The Celts -
who lived in what are today the British Isles and France - honored the New Year
with several festivals, the most important of...
On October 9, 2002 The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that "Cyndi Simpson, a Wiccan, [wanted] to offer an invocation at one of the
[Chesterfield, VA] Supervisors' meetings.
Members of other religions give invocations at Board meetings as a matter of
routine. But the Supervisors turned Ms. Simpson down, evidently deeming Wicca
not the right type of faith. Chairman Kelly Miller termed it a 'mockery,' and
Supervisor Renny Humphrey made a crack, wondering whether Ms. Simpson was a
witch or a bad witch."
On September 28, 2002 the Ventura County Star reported that "intended as an outreach to Wiccans, Shamans, Druids and followers of other
Neo-Pagan religions, the first-time pride fest [in Oxnard, California] was also aimed at teaching
outsiders... Most contemporary Pagans celebrate all seasonal changes. They view the autumn
equinox as sort of a Thanksgiving -- a time to honor Mother Nature for her
contributions in the form of a harvest and to reflect on goals for the coming
On September 25, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "approximately
200 people gathered at the first Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day on Sunday
100 Acre House on 100 Acre Drive. Some women at the Pagan picnic proudly identified themselves as witches.
Others said they practiced Wicca, the 'Old Religion' based on pre-Christian
religious practices of the Irish, English, French or Italians. Some Pagans base
their beliefs on the practices of Druids and ancient Celtic-...
On September 24, 2002 the Intelligencer Journal reported that "a politician who spoke out earlier this month against pagan
beliefs... was credited with bringing a crowd to the forum that featured five
pagans talking about their beliefs. 'I want to thank Commissioner Pete Shaub,' said pagan Azar Silverbear, who
was a panelist at the forum sponsored by the Alliance for Tolerance and
'Without his intolerance, the pagan community wouldn't have gotten the
it has recently.' Silverbear's comments were in...