Paganism

Award Dinner Moved to Allow Pagans

February 10, 2001

Source: Akron Beacon Journal

http://www.ohio.com/communities/akron/moreabout/2001/February/10/docs/000442.htm

On February 10, 2001, The Akron Beacon Journal published an article entitled, "Pagans are grateful for understanding." "Pagans praise the decision by the Akron Area Interfaith Council to move dinner rather than cut the pagan singing group from the program...Following objections from the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, the...

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Witches and Pagans Protest Ban on Fortunetelling

February 8, 2001

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On February 8, 2001, The Columbus Dispatch reported that "witches and pagans demonstrated recently that they know how to mobilize for political action" when Moraine, Ohio, "considered passing an ordinance that would have banned fortunetelling for a fee...Council members began receiving e-mails and phone calls...On the night the ordinance was to come up for a vote, it was standing-room-only in council chambers, which seats about 150...After hearing objections that the ordinance was an unconstitutional restraint on religious...

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Teen Interest in Wicca on the Rise

January 29, 2001

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

On January 29, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that "while the Wiccan religion has been around longer than numerous other religions, lately the idea of witchcraft is prompting many teens to take a closer look." Teens explain their interest variously as based in interest in the power to charm someone, interest in the supernatural, or a technique to distinguish themselves and rebel. Many teens are fairly uneducated about the religion, however, according to Scott Brown, an 18-year-old graduate of Germantown...

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Teenager Expelled, Charged with use of Witchcraft; ACLU Involved

January 16, 2001

Source: The Irish Times

On January 16, 2001, The Irish Times reported that "a teenager who was suspended from school for allegedly practising witchcraft has sued the Tulsa Union school district in Oklahoma. The district is preparing its reply to the suit from Brandi Blackbear, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union. Blackbear (whose father is native American and mother is of Sicilian extraction) was suspended first early in 1999 after teachers confiscated a story she was writing about a gun on a school bus. She was suspended again in December 1999...

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation Includes Pagan Influences

January 6, 2001

Source: The Dallas Morning News

On January 6, 2001, The Dallas Morning News reported that "a little more than a year ago, Pleasant Valley Unitarian Universalist Church made some dramatic changes in its Sunday service. Members started lighting candles for the elements: earth, air, fire and water. Sermons became more focused on natural themes, such as gardening. And worship leaders started using the words God and Goddess. It was time, the Garland church had decided, to "go pagan," to become the first avowed "earth-...

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Controversial Article on Historial Origins of Wicca

January 5, 2001

Source: No source given.

On January 5, 2001, Starhawk responded to Charlotte Allen's "The Scholar and the Goddess." In her letter to the editor, Starhawk critiques Allen's understanding of Wicca as relying on historical origins for its credibility, stating that "Goddess religion is not based on belief, in history, in archaeology, in any Great Goddess past or present. Our spirituality is based on experience, on a direct relationship with the cycles of birth, growth, death and regeneration in nature and in human lives." Starhawk also notes that Allen "misses the...

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Solstice Celebrations Welcome the Coming Light

December 21, 2000

Source: The Recorder

On December 21, 2000, The Recorder of Greenfield, MA reported "people say that 'Christmas is for children,' and for Laura Wildman-Hanlon of Montague Center, so is the winter solstice." She explains that she hosts a "daylong celebration at her home [that] mostly centers around children," as families gather together to drink cider and hot chocolate, eat cookies, and tell stories of lasts year's holiday, with a candle being blown out after each child shares a memory. When the room is dark, they express their longing for the day and...

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Conflicting Views Of Halloween

November 5, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

On November 5, 2000, the Los Angeles Times printed follow up commentary on its October 28th article, which suggested that Pagan voices should be included in a discussion of the holiday, and that much inaccuracy abounds in the portrayed perceptions of the holiday. "Halloween," says Lady Cerridwynn, 60, of South Euclid, "should be more accurately presented as a harvest festival, the ending of the growing year, a time to do one's accounting for the year, a time to look into the unknown and plan for what is to come throughout the...

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Halloween as a High Holiday

October 31, 2000

Source: The Plain Dealer

On October 31, 2000, a Plain Dealer article stated that "For 10 years, the Pagan Awareness Coalition of Cleveland has held a samhain ritual on Public Square to increase public understanding and acceptance of paganism. About 300 people attended Saturday...'We want people to see that we're a positive religious force,' says Cerridwynn, who goes by her Celtic pagan name to avoid harassment. 'We aren't people to be feared, people who conjure demons and hurt animals.' Her husband, the son of a Lutheran minister, accepts her beliefs and...

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Witchcraft and Religious Rights

October 31, 2000

Source: ABCNEWS.com

On October 31, 2000, ABCNEWS.com published an article entitled "Right to Practice Witchcraft: Louisiana Town Trying to Silence Witches", in which they reported that "Houma residents fear Wiccans are bringing dangerous, anti-Christian spirits into the community and are resurrecting an old parish ban on fortunetelling. The witches believe that through rituals, their gods and goddesses will help direct their futures." The ACLU has become involved to...

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Halloween Celebration Questioned in America's Schools

October 31, 2000

Source: The Christian Science Monitor

On October 31, 2000, The Christian Science Monitor reported that "for many American parents, the celebration of Halloween is a long-standing tradition of American childhood, as integral a part of autumn as a cup of hot cider or a football bonfire. But for a growing number of today's school administrators, Halloween has become pretty spooky. Fears of school violence, protests from parents about the holiday's pagan roots, and discomfort over losing class hours in an age rigidly focused on test scores have put a damper on...

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Growth Seen in Pagan Campus Groups

October 28, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

On October 28, 2000 The Boston Globe published an article entitled "Back to Nature: Paganism growing in popularity on nation's campuses." The article offers photographs of the ritual activities of MIT's Pagan group; they had to "point out that the dedication plaque in the chapel promised it stood for all students to worship God in their own way" before they were granted use of the space. A professor comments on the growth in Pagan groups as follows: "It's natural for college students to be attracted to things they haven't thought...

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