On August 5, 2000, the Star Tribune reported on the eighth annual St. Louis Pagan Picnic, sponsored by the Council for Alternative Spiritual Traditions (CAST). The event drew over 2,000 to Tower Grove Park in St. Louis, and included vendors from all over the country in addition to informal workshops on subjects such as a "Teen Chat on Paganism" and the "Pros and Cons of Coming out of the Broom Closet." Picnic organizer Kris Dolgos explained that while it is great for the Pagan community to get together, it is not the only reason for...
On March 31, 2000, The Courier-Journal reported that
Brandi Lehman, a senior at Elwood Community High School in Indiana,
has filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Elwood Community
School Corp. for forcing her to stop participating in a
student-teaching program because she wore a pentagram. Jacquelyn
Bowie, attorney for the Indiana Civil Liberties Union, is defending
Lehman in her case. Bowie stated: "They [the school] can't
ban it unless they show it's going to cause a disturbance, and they
haven't done that."
On March 15, 2000 the South Bend Tribune reported that "freshman Irma Patton was sent home Friday from Clark High School [in Hammond, Indiana] for repeatedly refusing to remove or place tape over her pentagram ring and button. School officials insist that pentagrams are gang symbols... worn by members of Chicago's Latin Kings gang... Irma Patton insists she does not belong to a gang. She and her mother, Wanda Patton, are both followers of Wicca - a pagan nature religion... 'They're violating our rights for what we are,' Wanda...
On March 5, 2000, The Boston Globe published an article
on a student club at Bridgewater State College called WICCA, Witches
Interactive College Community Association. It is one of the few
collegiate student organizations in the country dedicated to Witches.
The WICCA office only knows of other active clubs at Roger Williams
University in Bristol, Rhode Island and one that operates at Florida
State University. Raven, a Bridgewater State student who started
WICCA, tells of the few problems he has had in starting the
On February 13, 2000, The New York Times published an
article on the increasing popularity of Wicca among American
teenagers, most of whom are female. Wren Walker, creator of the
Witches' Voice web site, estimates that 35 percent of the total
visitors to the site are under 18. The company's web page for
teenagers, "So Ya Wanna Be a Witch," has drawn 175,000 visitors in
the last two years. Walker stated that witchcraft is, "especially
appealing to the young people who want to be active participants in
their own spiritual lives."...
On January 22, 2000, the Star Tribune reported that "the Goddess Committee, of Northern Dawn Council, Covenant of the Goddess (COG), Minneapolis, rented...three billboards to explain their faith to the public." The billboards are not meant to gain converts, but to raise awareness about religious freedom and the Pagan faith. "The three boards, two in St. Paul and one in Minneapolis, say 'The Goddess is Alive and Magic is Afoot,' 'The Goddess is Within,' or 'Embrace the Goddess.' They
are not full side billboards but are displayed...
On January 15, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that
Shari Eicher, who teaches 11th grade English at Scotland High School
in Laurinburg, NC, was suspended with pay indefinitely for her Wiccan
beliefs. Eicher has stated that she did not talk to her students
about Wicca. Her and her husband, Richard, have been practicing
Wiccans since 1998.
On December 23, 1999, the Denver Rocky Mountain News
reported that the brightest moon in 133 years on the night of
December 22nd, which was also the day of the winter solstice, was a
reason for Pagans to celebrate. Members of the Earth Spirit Pagans
gathered at the West Center in Colorado Springs, CO for a full moon
ritual. The full moon on December 22nd was 15 percent brighter than a
normal full moon and 30 percent brighter than the faintest full moon
because it fell on the winter solstice, which is when the Earth...
On December 21, 1999, The Boston Globe published an
article on the full moon and Pagan solstice celebrations. Pagans
celebrate the winter solstice as 'Yule', the rebirth of the Sun.
Karen Thorne of Lincoln, Massachusetts, a professional astrologer,
stated: "The moon mythically represents our unconsciousness, and a
full moon on the solstice at the end of the century is
significant...I don't think that there will be any one dramatic
occurrence, but there could be profound changes in our collective
unconsciousness that will bring new...
On October 30, 1999, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
published an article on the Atlanta Pagan community and the
national Pagan ecumenism that resulted from the criticisms of U.S.
Rep. Bob Barr (R-Georgia.). Despite the efforts by Barr to ban
witchcraft from military bases, Pagans united to counter his efforts.
One result of this unity is the Wiccan Pagan Educational Association,
an Atlanta-based group that watches legislation that could have an
impact on Pagan worship. Ginger Wages of Atlanta operates...