Paganism

Salem Residents Upset at "Bewitched" Statue Sponsored by Cable Network

April 28, 2005

Source: The Boston Globe

On April 28, 2005 The Boston Globe reported, "Elizabeth Montgomery, the actress who played twitchy nosed Samantha Stephens, was honored at official dinners. Fans thronged The House of the Seven Gables and other historic sites used in the filming. And Oct. 7, 1970, was declared 'Bewitched Day' in Salem. But now some in Salem are upset over plans by the TV Land cable network to honor the late Montgomery with a 9-foot bronze statue in a city infamous for its 17th century persecution of people feared to be witches."

Religious Hatred Law Under Scrutiny from All Sides

April 25, 2005

Source: Townhall.com/CNSNews.com

http://www.townhall.com/news/politics/200504/FOR20050425a.shtml

On April 25, 2005 CNSNews.com reported, "A self-described witch serving a jail term for child-sex abuse has become the latest person to use Australia's controversial religious hatred law to complain that he is being vilified on the basis of religion.

The new complaint will draw further attention to a law in the state of Victoria that has sparked...

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Pagan Student Group at Vanderbilt University Expands

April 4, 2005

Source: The Vanderbilt Hustler

http://www.vanderbilthustler.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/04/04/425134f051863

On April 4, 2005 The Vanderbilt Hustler reported, "The Vanderbilt Pagan Society, which officially began this semester, is providing the opportunity for those who practice Paganism to do so in a group setting and is allowing people who are interested to learn more about Paganism. Senior Arthur Moore started meeting with three...

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Orlando Wiccan Cooperative Denied Sales Tax Exemption

March 18, 2005

Source: Tallahassee Democrat

http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/tallahassee/news/11095402.htm

On March 18, 2005 the Tallahassee Democrat reported, "the witches may have finally lost their four-year struggle for a state sales-tax exemption. The Wiccan Religious Cooperative of Florida, based in Orlando, sued the Florida Department of Revenue on Halloween 2000, saying the state had wrongly denied it a tax exemption. A panel of the 1st District Court of Appeal this...

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Religious Leaders Tap into MP3 Technology

March 4, 2005

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

http://www.sltrib.com/faith/ci_2596528#top

On March 4, 2005 The Salt Lake Tribune reported, "Godcasting is the latest advancement in online religion, in which preachers convert their sermons to audio to be heard on portable digital audio devices. Using iPods or any portable MP3 player, 'podcasting' lets people download audio programs that can be listened to whenever they like. It's a form of audio syndication that musicians, businessmen, tech talk...

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Pagan Community Blames Entertainment Industry for Furthering Misconceptions about Faith

February 18, 2005

Source: Iowa State Daily

http://www.iowastatedaily.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2005/02/11/420c43e433802

On February 18, 2005 the Iowa State Daily reported, "students and others who practice paganism are commonly misunderstood, because of the entertainment industry's interpretation of their religion. Nikki Bado-Fralick, assistant professor of religious studies and folklorist [at Iowa State University], says magic is really about appreciating nature and...

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Clash Between Wiccans and Christians Led to Threats of Violence, Arrests at High School

February 18, 2005

Source: The Advocate

http://www.2theadvocate.com/stories/021005/sub_violence001.shtml

On February 18, 2005 The Advocate reported, "a team of 20 law-enforcement officers arrested two high school students Wednesday after problems between a student prayer group and a small neopagan group, officials said. Rumors that someone would be killed Wednesday spread during the four-day Mardi Gras weekend and brought a state of hysteria at Jewel Sumner High School on...

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Boston University Recognizes Wiccan Student Group

February 17, 2005

Source: The Daily Free Press

http://www.dailyfreepress.com/news/2005/02/17/News/Wicca.Given.Religious.Status.At.Bu-868181.shtml

On February 17, 2005 The Daily Free Press reported, "after applying and getting denied twice, the Boston University Nemeton Wicca Student Group was approved by the Religious Life Council as a new religious organization on campus Wednesday afternoon at Marsh Chapel. The RLC denied the group, which...

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Hotel Cancels Reservation for Wiccan Gathering

February 11, 2005

Source: The Associated Press

http://www.wpri.com/Global/story.asp?S=2903710

On February 11, 2005 The Associated Press reported, "a pagan celebration in Missouri has been moved to another site after the original hotel in backed out. Members of the Ozark Avalon Church of Nature-Wicca are gathering this weekend in Columbia to mark the Wiccan holiday celebrating the transition from winter to spring. They planned to meet at the Hannibal Inn. But high priestess Rose Wise says she...

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