Paganism

Traditional Christianity Declines, Mysticism on the Rise

November 4, 2004

Source: The Times

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,7-1342587,00.html

On November 4, 2004 The Times reported, "Christianity will be eclipsed by spirituality in 30 years, startling new research predicts. Our correspondent reports on the collapse of traditional religion and the rise of mysticism... Study after study appears to prove that people are increasingly losing faith in the Church and the Bible and turning instead to mysticism in guises ranging from...

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Mayor of Salem, MA may Pardon Witches

November 1, 2004

Source: The Boston Globe

Wire Service: AP

On November 1, 2004 the Associated Press reported that "pardoning those who were persecuted during the witch hysteria in this city in the 17th century 'sounds like a good idea,' the mayor said. Stanley Usovicz was intrigued by a Scottish township's plan to pardon 81 people who were executed for witchcraft there, The Salem News reported... A good date for such a pardon might be in 2007, Usovicz said, the 315th anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials. 'But I would suggest that anytime is...

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Starhawk: The Earth Path (2004)

Starhawk, the writer, activist and co-founder of the Reclaiming Tradition of Witchcraft, has just published her ninth book, The Earth Path: Grounding Your Spirit in the Rhythms of Nature. Her first book, The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess, first published in 1979, has been a foundational book for the growth of eco-feminist Witchcraft in the United States, with over 350,000 copies sold. The Earth Path provides a thorough updating of the applied spiritual practice that Starhawk has continued to develop.

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Halloween a Time of Worship and Remembrance for Pagans

October 30, 2004

Source: Springfield News Center

http://entertainment.news-leader.com/life/today/1030-Closertoth-214514.html

On October 30, 2004 Springfield News Center reported, "for pagans, [Halloween] is a holy time when communication between the living and dead is possible. Pat Allgeier, high priestess of the Greenleaf Coven in Springfield, says it's a time of reverence, but it is also good fun... Halloween is one of the most popular holidays in the United...

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Halloween Has No Appeal for Many Religious Groups

October 29, 2004

Source: Indianapolis Star

http://www.indystar.com/articles/4/190276-3254-009.html

On October 29, 2004 Indianapolis Star reported, "religious groups provide alternatives to what some view as Halloween's dark side. At College Park Baptist Church in Hamilton County, tonight's fall festival alternative to Halloween will include religious messages in candy bags and a talk about Jesus to go with a petting zoo and games. At the Sacred Earth Circle of Indianapolis, local...

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For Pagans in OR, Halloween Provides Opportunity for Family and Tradition

October 29, 2004

Source: The Register Guard

http://www.registerguard.com/news/2004/10/29/a1.paganparents.1029.html

On October 29, 2004 The Register Guard reported, "in the countdown to Halloween, (Eugene, Oregon) harbors some distinct notions about witches and witchcraft. That's because Halloween ... is not just about costumes and trick-or-treating. It's about religious faith. As Wicca and related earth-based religions reach into the mainstream, more parents are...

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Wicca in the Mainstream

October 29, 2004

Source: Beliefnet

http://www.beliefnet.com/story/155/story_15517_1.html

On October 29, 2004 Beliefnet reported, "in the last 20 years, some Wiccans have lost custody of their children, their jobs, their homes after their faith became public. But today, as Wiccans celebrate Samhain, the new year and one of their most sacred holidays, their spiritual path is enjoying vast popularity and widespread acceptance. This weekend, Samhain celebrations and rituals will happen...

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School District in Seattle Bans Halloween Citing Sensitivity to Wiccans

October 22, 2004

Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/196371_spookban22.html

On October 22, 2004 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that, "assistant Superintendent Tony Apostle advised Puyallup principals in a memo last week that Halloween costumes and parties are now banned. Pumpkins and cornstalks are fine, he said, but witches, black cats or 'similar decorations that are intended to frighten or scare individuals' are not. Halloween is a...

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Worries About the Wiccans Next Door in MI

October 21, 2004

Source: ABC News

http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/news/102104_NW_da_wicca.html

On October 21, 2004 ABC News provided a report on worries over a Wiccan sign posted in Oregon Township, Michigan. "Neighbors say the occupants plan to build a temple on the property to be used for worshiping. But the occupants [were reported saying] that it would be a spiritual temple. The supervisor of Oregon Township says they are looking into whether the new residents are violating any...

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