On April 5, 2003 The Record reported that a "controversy that brewed after a shopkeeper attempted to stage a Wiccan festival in borough parks provided some of the impetus behind portions of a new ordinance, Borough Attorney Anne Marie Rizzuto said. Disputes that arose from soccer groups jockeying to...
On April 1, 2003 The Sun reported that "gathered in the cramped but comfortable basement of a Finksburg church on a
recent Friday night, the pagans joked about the difficulties of raising children
and staying married. They riffed on contradictions they've found in the
Christian Bible. They shared frustrations about growing up overweight, gay and
apostate... Outside, not a single protester walked the dark,...
On March 23, 2003 The Boston Globe reported that "months of walking down a cold, dirty, traffic-clogged stretch of
Massachusetts Avenue in North Cambridge transformed Christopher Penczak into an
urban pagan... Already a practicing witch, Penczak, like most pagans - those who practice
earth-based religions - deeply reveres forests and pastures, not trash-littered
sidewalks and MBTA bus depots. His spirit felt trapped by the concrete, but his
brain had no intention of abandoning a hard-won job at a city recording studio.
So he decided...
On March 18, 2003 the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that "it is here... abroad the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf... on folding metal chairs, that shipmates utter private secrets and confessions, gather in Wicca circles for meditation, study Bible verses, offer up devout prayers to Allah, work their rosary beads, celebrate the Jewish Sabbath... The number of...
On February 22, 2003 the St. Petersburg Times reported that "a pagan couple have sued school officials in Union County, Tenn., after they
claimed their daughter was harassed for not playing the Virgin Mary in a school
play... Greg and Sarajane Tracy say the school district promoted religion, denied
their daughter's right to free exercise of her own religion and failed to
protect her from verbal and physical abuse... The parents said their daughter, India, was reprimanded for not wanting to
play the Virgin Mary in a school play,...
On February 9, 2003 The Leader-Herald reported that "locally, Wiccan worshippers aren't making their religious practices known because of their fear of persecution, they say. Some are open about it, but the majority of them practice in solitude... Jessica Henry, a Johnstown [NY] resident and Fulton-Montgomery Community College [NY] student, said she began...
On January 15, 2003 the East Bay Express reported that "the mission statement of the Interfaith Pagan Pride Parade defines 'pagans' as: 'Those who follow indigenous, tribal, polytheistic, Nature-based, and
Earth-based beliefs.' For anyone who enjoys world music and other
folk arts -- especially from the undeveloped world -- and the
comes from nature, the 'interfaith pagan' belief system might not
be that much
of a leap, says Berkeley's Micha Dunston... There are
many other pagan orgs around...
On January 14, 2003 the Rocky Mountain News reported that "Wiccans, pagans, tarot-card readers and spiritual advisers turned out in force Monday night to give the [Wheat Ridge, CO] City Council some advice: Ditch an ordinance regulating where 'psychic advisers' can locate businesses within the city... But after nearly three hours of debate...
On January 13, 2003 the Star-Telegram reported that "a former atheist who is now president of the Unitarian Universalist Association will push to put the word 'God' into a new statement of principles of the Boston-based, liberal church group, he said Sunday... 'God' was not mentioned in a statement of principles approved in 1984, the Rev. William Sinkford said at First Jefferson...