Paganism

Non-Christians Embrace Christmas in WA

December 19, 2003

Source: The Bellingham Herald

http://news.bellinghamherald.com/stories/20031219/TopStories/168888.shtml

On December 19, 2003 The Bellingham Herald reported on how Muslims, Jews, Sikhs, and Pagans celebrate the Christmas holiday season. Interviews reveal that many local Sikhs exchange gifts, that some local Muslims put up Christmas trees, and that Jews sometimes celebrate secular Christmas along with Hannukah. Pagan celebrationsoften involve time...

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Pagan Study Session in Houston Middle School Creates Controversy

December 17, 2003

Source: KHOU News Houston

http://www.khou.com/news/local/stories/khou031216_ds_WiccaBook.ac41feb5.html

On December 17, 2003 KHOU News Houston reported that a teacher at Alice Johnson Middle School has been leading reading sessions on the Wiccan faith for students after school for the last six weeks. Outraged parents claim that they thought their children were in school tutorials at the time. The case has raised concerns over the legality of...

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Minnesota Students to Enjoy Diverse Holiday Break

December 12, 2003

Source: The Minnesota Daily

http://www.daily.umn.edu/articles/2003/12/12/7872

On December 12, 2003 The Minnesota Daily reported on the diverse ways Minnesota students will spend the holiday season. While Christian students prepare for Christmas, Hindus, Jews, pagans and students of other religions will also take part in activities during the holidays. Hindu students will celebrate Sankranti, a festival that traditionally marks the end of southern Asia’s harvest. 40...

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Bush Official Suggests that Pagans and Other "Fringe" Groups Won't Benefit from Faith Based Initiative

December 12, 2003

Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

http://www.ajc.com/opinion/content/opinion/1203/12faith.html

On December 12, 2003 The Atlanta Journal-Constitution published an editorial taking a stand against recent comments by H. James Towey that pagans and other "fringe groups" won't benefit from the Bush Administration's Faith- Based Initiatives. The Journal-Constitution comments that "it's unclear what the president and governor's faith-based initiatives hope to...

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Bush Official Suggests that Pagans and Other "Fringe" Groups Won't Benefit from Faith Based Initiative

December 12, 2003

Source: Americans United for Separation of Church and State

http://www.au.org/press/pr031202.htm

On December 12, 2003 Americans United for Separation of Church and State published an article criticizing "White House 'Faith Czar' James Towey for suggesting that 'fringe' religious groups won’t get funding under the Bush administration’s 'faith-based' initiative. During a Nov. 26 online 'Ask the White House' question-and-answer session, Towey was asked about the possibility...

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Pagan Sign Vandalized in Penn. Adopt a Highway Program

December 12, 2003

Source: The Pottsville Republican and Evening Herald

http://www.schuylkill.com/pub/2003/Dec/12/E609387A.htm

On December 12, 2003 The Pottsville Republican and Evening Herald published a letter to the editor from a faith-based group called the Schuylkill Pagans. The group, whose stated purpose is to "provide support and socialization to people of pagan faiths in the Schuylkill County area," recently adopted a two-mile stretch of highway on Route 61 through PennDOT's...

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Bush Official Suggests that Pagans and Other "Fringe" Groups Won't Benefit from Faith Based Initiative

December 8, 2003

Source: The Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A43967-2003Dec7.html?referrer=emailarticle

On December 8, 2003 The Washington Post reported that "H. James Towey, director of the White House's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, has stirred up a pot of trouble by suggesting that pagans don't care about the poor. Wiccans, Druids and other pagans across the country, along with the Washington-...

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Business Leaders Welcome Wiccan Shop Owner in Burnet, TX

December 3, 2003

Source: KXAN News

http://www.kxan.com/Global/story.asp?S=1550010

On December 3, 2003 KXAN News reported that "business leaders in Burnet Wednesday officially welcomed a new business to town. Margie Allen is the newest member of the Burnet Chamber of Commerce. The shop owner practices a religion called Wicca. Allen is part of an FBI investigation because she says threats forced her to close her store in Kingsland and move it to Burnet. She calls the incident 'religious...

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Pagan Priestess Wins Federal Case

December 1, 2003

Source: Circle Magazine

On December 1, 2003 Circle Magazine reported that "Wiccan priestess Cynthia Simpson won her religious freedom battle in the federal court in Richmond. Virginia on November 13, 2003. The magistrate ruled that the Chesterfield County discriminated against Cyndi when it prohibited her from joining their list of clergy able to open their meeting with a prayer. As mentioned in the Spring 2003 LLL Report, Cyndi had been told that she could not be a prayer leader because she did not practice a religion "within the Judeo-Christian tradition...

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2001 Census Shows Growing Religious Diversity

November 28, 2003

Source: The West Australian

http://www.thewest.com.au/20031128/news/general/tw-news-general-home-sto116339.html

On November 28, 2003 The West Australian reported, "The most comprehensive profile of WA's religion, language and birthplace - launched this week - reveals there are five main religions and more than 30 minor ones flourishing in WA. The profile is based on results from the 2001 census.More than 63 per cent of the population...

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