Paganism

Wiccan High School Student Wins Right to Wear Religious Symbol

September 12, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.freedomforum.org/templates/document.asp?documentID=16948

On September 12, 2002 The Associated Press reported that in North Texas, a "Waxahachie High School freshman Rebecca Moreno, suspended for wearing the pentagram jewelry, had been forced to wear it hidden under her blouse in order to return to class... [Rebecca] whose family practices a pagan religion won the right yesterday to wear her pentacle necklace in...

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Pagans Remember September 11

September 9, 2002

Source: Circle Magazine, Fall Issue

http://www.circlesanctuary.org/circle/fa02/index.html

The fall issue of Circle Magazine reports on a Memorial Ritual for September 11 held at the Pagan Spirit Gathering in Ohio at the Summer Solstice." Among those helping to facilitate the ritual were Pagans who worked at the World Trade Center ground zero site in New York City."

Wiccan Inmate Allowed to Sue over Denial of Symbolic Necklace

August 23, 2002

Source: The Associated Press

On August 23, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a federal judge ruled that a prison inmate can sue the [Wisconsin] state Department of Corrections because guards wouldn't let him wear a Wiccan necklace... Michael Grindemann, an inmate at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Plymouth, said in a complaint that the Corrections Department violated his First Amendment rights by denying him a pentacle — a five-pointed star also known as a pentagram... The Pentacle is a piece of jewelry Wiccans wear around the neck...

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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

August 17, 2002

Source: LJworld

On August 17, 2002 LJworld reported that "KC Pagan Pride Day 2002, a community festival celebrating its fifth year, will [take place on] Aug. 24 in Lenexa's Shawnee Mission Park, and event organizers expect about 250 people from the region to attend... 'The people that come (to the festival) have always been friendly, and I believe Christians would be made to feel welcome. It's about educating people. Yes, it has a very pagan slant, but the main focus is community,' said the Rev. Duane Marshall, event coordinator. Marshall is a legal...

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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

July 29, 2002

Source: The Dover Bureau

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjournal/local/2002/07/29pagangatherings.html

On July 29, 2002 The Dover Bureau reported that "on Sept. 15, pagans from Delaware and nearby states will descend on Legislative Mall for a public display of pride... Visitors to Pagan Pride Day will see is a display of posters explaining paganism, along with workshops, speakers and children's activities. .. Dover's Pagan Pride Day is...

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Support for Challenges Faced by Pagan Parents Grows

July 7, 2002

Source: The Denver Post

On July 7, 2002 The Denver Post featured a story on pagan parents such as Michele Bigwood and the difficulties their "children will have to face as they grow up pagan in a majority-Christian country... Bigwood is one of a growing number of parents faced with teaching their children pagan morals at the same time they address issues of religious bigotry." But support for parents like Bigwood is growing. "Chain bookstores stock pagan parenting books, Yahoo! Groups reports 100 pagan parenting lists, and a pagan scouting program that...

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St. Louis Celebrates Pagan Picnic

June 17, 2002

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

On June 17, 2002 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on a "two-day Pagan Picnic in Tower Grove Park [in St. Louis, Missouri]... Sponsored by the Council For Alternative Spiritual Traditions, the picnic is a chance for pagans to celebrate being pagans, said River Higginbotham, chair of this year's 10th-annual event. Local pagans also see it as an educational opportunity - a chance to let the public know what paganism is all about... Higginbotham estimated [that the picnic] attracted about 2,500 people this year. Over the...

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Pagan Ceremony Faces Hostile Christian Protests

April 30, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 30, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that on the evening of the spring equinox, 50 local pagans gathered in Lancaster, CA. Their rituals were interrupted by "about 20 Christians [who] had driven up to pray for the pagans' souls, and two were walking around the circle reading Bible verses... A praying man, who turned out to be a sheriff's chaplain, was blaring Christian pop tunes through his SUV speakers... The pagans said they felt intimidated and called the Los Angeles County Sheriff's...

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Korean Shaman to Perform Ceremony for Community Harmony on Anniversary of Los Angeles Riots

April 21, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

On April 21, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that one of South Korea's most famous shamans, Kim Kumhwa,...travels the world with a group of performers to re-create selected rituals known as kut (pronounced coot)... [These] rituals are part of the country's folk religion and central to its music and dance traditions... Kim was initiated at the age of 17 into her role as a mudang, or shaman, by her grandmother, also a mudang. Her path to shamanism began, she says, when she was 11 and came down with a serious illness that she...

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Pagan Ceremony Faces Hostile Christian Protests

April 6, 2002

Source: The Antelope Valley Press

http://www.avpress.com/n/sasty1.hts

On April 6, 2002, The Antelope Valley Press reported on a Pagan ceremony in Southern California that was distrupted by Christian protests. "Celebrants taking part in the ceremony said they were the targets of loud and aggressive prayer, physical bumping, loud Christian music and a caravan of noisy vehicles... A pagan worshiper," who asked one of the protesters to turn...

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Pagan Pride Across the U.S., 2002

March 26, 2002

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

On March 26, 2002, The San Francisco Chronicle featured an article on "The Pagan Pride Parade, the Bay Area's first ever, [which] more or less coincided with the ancient European pagan festival Ostara... The official theme of the parade was the Return of the Snakes... Snakes represent transformation and healing, especially appropriate in a post-9/11 world... Organizer Micha Dunston said he's heard estimates there are 50,000 pagans in the Bay Area. Their many beliefs were represented at the Berkeley event by, among...

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Seattle Hosts Women of Wisdom Conference

February 9, 2002

Source: The Seattle Times

http://www.womenofwisdom.org

On February 9, 2002, The Seattle Times featured an article on the Women of Wisdom conference, whose participants are practitioners of "everything from earth-centered and goddess spirituality to Incan shamanic practices... About 2,000 people are expected to attend parts of the eight-day women's spirituality conference at Seattle Unity Church, a nondenominational metaphysical church. More than 90 events are planned, exploring...

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Religion Gaining Interest and Importance at Minnesota Colleges

January 26, 2002

Source: Star Tribune

On January 26, 2002, the Star Tribune reported that "reflecting a national trend, Minnesota's small private college students are increasingly interested in religion as an academic study and in seeking private faith answers. This comes after decades of secularization of the colleges, but also shows the new diversity of faiths on every campus... For several decades many small colleges, facing rising costs and tougher competition for students and an increased diversity in student populations, turned away from their close ties with the...

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Wiccan Member Sues Unitarian Group

January 12, 2002

Source: The Houston Chronicle

On January 12, 2002, The Houston Chronicle reported that "a Houston-area witch says in a lawsuit that members of a Unitarian Fellowship program fell far short of their promise to welcome people of all religious beliefs when... they dismissed her... Mary LeBlanc says in a lawsuit filed this week that members of a Unitarian group belittled her disabilities and religion and harassed her to violate her religious beliefs by teaching them secret Wiccan rituals... LeBlanc said she first joined the Unitarian Fellowship... because it...

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Uproar Over Wiccan Chaplain Hired at Wisconsin Prison

January 7, 2002

Source: Los Angeles Times

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-000001664jan07.story?coll=la%2Dheadlines%2Dnation

On January 7, 2002, the Los Angeles Times reported that in Wisconsin, "a state representative from... West Salem is leading a drive to yank funding for Witch's $32,500-a-year post, saying taxpayers 'shouldn't be forced to accept this hocus-pocus.' Two other lawmakers have joined him in outrage; one...

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