Paganism

Pagan Picnic in Midwest

August 5, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

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...

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Lawsuit by Student-Teacher Against School Over Pentagram

March 31, 2000

Source: The Courier-Journal

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."

Pagan Student Ordered to Cover Pentagram At School

March 15, 2000

Source: South Bend Tribune

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...

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Wiccan Club at Massachusetts College

March 5, 2000

Source: The Boston Globe

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 organization: "I...

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Teenagers and Witchcraft

February 13, 2000

Source: The New York Times

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."...

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Minnesota Displays Pagan Billboards

January 22, 2000

Source: Star Tribune

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...

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Wiccan School Teacher in North Carolina Suspended

January 15, 2000

Source: Los Angeles Times

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.

Solstice Coverage

December 23, 1999

Source: The Denver Rocky Mountain News

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...

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Solstice Coverage

December 21, 1999

Source: The Boston Globe

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...

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Witchcraft in the United States

October 31, 1999

Source: The Times-Picayune

On October 31, 1999, The Times-Picayune published an article on the growth of Wicca in the United States.

Witchcraft in the United States

October 30, 1999

Source: The Atlanta Journal and Constitution

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...

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