Paganism

Ancestor Worship in Atlanta

November 6, 2002

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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...

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From Methodist to Wicca

November 5, 2002

Source: Intelligencer Journal

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...

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Waupun Clergy Association: Christians Only

November 1, 2002

Source: Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/chi-0211010219nov01.story

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...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 31, 2002

Source: The Boston Globe

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...

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Wiccan Sues Chesterfield County on Charges of Discrimination

October 31, 2002

Source: WomensENews

http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm/dyn/aid/1089

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...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 31, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

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 observance 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...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 29, 2002

Source: Metro West Daily News

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/local_regional/wicca10292002.htm

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...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 27, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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 vandalism...

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Christianity, Paganism, and Secular Halloween

October 26, 2002

Source: Omaha World-Herald

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...

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Wiccan Sues Chesterfield County on Charges of Discrimination

October 9, 2002

Source: The Richmond Times-Dispatch

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 good witch or a bad witch."

Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

September 28, 2002

Source: Ventura County Star

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 year."

Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

September 25, 2002

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

On September 25, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "approximately 200 people gathered at the first Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day on Sunday at 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-...

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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

September 24, 2002

Source: Intelligencer Journal

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 Freedom. 'Without his intolerance, the pagan community wouldn't have gotten the publicity it has recently.' Silverbear's comments were in...

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