Paganism

Pentacle Symbol Denied by VA to Military Wife

November 21, 2006

Source: BBSNews

http://bbsnews.net/article.php/2006112102102055

AU via BBSNews 2006-11-21 -- Americans United for Separation of Church and State last week filed litigation against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) over its refusal to include the Wiccan symbol of faith on its official list of emblems for government headstones and markers.

Americans United is representing Roberta Stewart, whose husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart, was killed in combat in Afghanistan...

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Wiccan controversy stimulates healthy debate

November 16, 2006

Source: Nevada Appeal

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20061116/OPINION/111160123

By most accounts, the public appears to be sympathetic with the widows of two combat veterans who are trying to convince the government to allow Wiccan symbols on their husbands' military headstones.

We join those who believe Roberta Stewart of Fernley is correct in her belief that the Wiccan faith is as deserving of federal recognition as any other faith. Indeed,...

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Widows Seek Wiccan Symbol on Headstones

November 14, 2006

Author: Scott Bauer

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/16005971.htm

The Star of David is OK, as are more than a dozen variations of the Christian cross. Even the atomic whirl used by atheists gets the thumbs-up from the federal government.

But a Wiccan symbol representing earth, air, fire, water and spirit isn't recognized by the federal government for veterans' grave markers.

A...

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Wiccan Widows Sue over Headstones

November 13, 2006

Source: Beliefnet

Wire Service: AP

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/203/story_20398_1.html

Washington, Nov. 13--The widows of two combat veterans sued the government Monday for not allowing Wiccan symbols on their husbands' military headstones.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of 38 authorized headstone images. The list includes commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism,...

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Pagan Hub Remains Intact

November 6, 2006

Author: Jeff Switzer

Source: The Herald

http://www.heraldnet.com/stories/06/11/06/100loc_b1fire001.cfm

Moonflower Magicks was a rare place for today's witches and pagans to gather and be accepted. It was as much sanctuary and cultural center as it was a book and supply shop.

When a fire two weeks ago closed the purple gilded New Age shop at the corner of Colby Avenue and California Street, word of the loss shot through the...

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For Some, Halloween More than Dressing up

October 30, 2006

Author: Amy Winn

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal

http://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061030/LIFE/610300322/1005

For most Americans, Halloween is a secular holiday of costumes and candies.

To the ancient Celtic people of the British Isles, Halloween marked the final harvests and the beginning of winter. They saw close parallels between nature's transition between seasons and the...

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Ordinary People -- Except for the Witch Part

October 29, 2006

Author: Lara Farrar

Source: The Boston Globe

http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2006/10/29/ordinary_people____except_for_the_witch_part/?page=2

[Lori] Bruno, 66, founded her witches' coven, Our Lord and Lady of the Trinacrian Rose Church and Grove , in 1992 . Initially, the church met in the basement of Bruno's Medford home , then briefly in the back room of a Bickford's in Woburn. Since...

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Members of Regional Coven Say it isn’t What Most People Might Think

October 28, 2006

Author: ERIC LONG/CRAIG S. McKIBBEN

Source: Williamsport Sun-Gazette

http://www.sungazette.com/religion/articles.asp?articleID=10967

Along with the fall season that leads up to Halloween, many people think of witches on broomsticks and all the concepts that have been popularized over centuries.

But two members of a coven that operates in this region say that Wicca, the religion of witches, is not what most people think it is....

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Pagans Unite in New Club

October 22, 2006

Author: Scott Williams

Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=521771

Waukesha - Amber Braun is one witch who does not want to frighten anyone this Halloween.

Amber Braun is president of the Pagan Student Alliance at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha. As president of the Pagan Student Alliance, a new club at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Braun hopes to show non-believers that they have...

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Pagans Awareness Project is Launched

October 1, 2006

Source: Progressive U

http://www.progressiveu.org/204311-pagans-and-the-media

On October 1, 2006 Progressive U published a blog by Fallon Glen, "Today Pagans United officially kicks off phase one of the Pagan Awareness Project. Since early 2004, Pagans United members have worked diligently to bring forth awareness of what Paganism is (and what Paganism is not), and to engage in activism within a framework that benefits Mother Earth. And since 2004, members have...

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Over Right to Choose Veterans' Religious Symbol on Headstone

September 29, 2006

Source: ACLU Press Release

http://www.aclu.org/religion/discrim/26970prs20060929.html

On September 29, 2006 an ACLU Press Release reported, "The American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit to protect the right of veterans and their families to choose religious symbols to engrave on headstones in federal cemeteries. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of two churches and three individuals to compel the government to approve a long-pending application for use...

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Wiccan Widow of Soldier Gives VA Ultimatum in Grave Marker Case

September 27, 2006

Source: Nevada Appeal News Service

http://www.nevadaappeal.com/article/20060927/NEWS/109270084

On September 27, 2006 the Nevada Appeal News Service reported, "Wiccan widow Roberta Stewart announced Tuesday at the Americans United rally at Powning Park in Reno that an official notice was sent to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to respond within 14 days demanding the approval of the Wiccan symbol of the pentacle as a grave marker or a lawsuit would be...

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Op/ed: "Freedom Denied If Grave Symbol Not Approved"

September 15, 2006

Source: Lahontan Valley News

http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com/article/20060915/Opinion/109150025

On September 15, 2006 the Lahontan Valley News reported, " For the family of Sgt. Patrick Stewart of Fernley, we hope some form of peace has arrived.

With Wednesday's announcement that a plaque for Stewart bearing the Wiccan symbol of the pentacle will be placed on the memorial wall at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, some closure...

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Pagan Pride Day in Salt Lake City a Time to Celebrate -- and Educate

September 15, 2006

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_4345167

On September 15, 2006 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "As much as Salt Lake's Pagan Pride Day is about celebrating the harvest and honoring pagan identity, it is more about educating the broader community, festival organizers say. It's about dispelling stereotypes, promoting understanding and just having a good time. 'There are no funny things going on,' says Lisa Gift, the local coordinator, who emphasizes the event...

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