On October 31, 2002 the Star Tribune reported that "Halloween is having a tough time hanging on in some Twin Cities schools as
parents contend that the scary holiday conflicts with their families' religious
beliefs. In religious traditions ranging from conservative Christian to Jewish to
Muslim, Halloween is looked down upon among some adherents as a pagan
or a celebration of evil spirits. Other parents say the real point of Halloween is the candy and the
chance for children to pretend they are someone else. Some of the...
On October 29, 2002 the Metro West Daily News reported that "the religion of Wicca, or paganism, now draws thousands of teenagers who say it is a healthy, individualistic faith that brings them closer to nature. Sarah Bernardi, a junior at Marlborough High School, was always intrigued by astrology and psychic powers. Bernardi is one of many local...
On October 27, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "many conservative Christians have stopped celebrating
what today is the second -biggest commercial holiday, after Christmas, in
America with an expected $6.9 billion in sales of candy, decorations and
costumes this year. The anti-Halloween movement has ebbed and flowed in this country, flaring up
most recently, experts say, around 20 years ago when reports of razor blades in
apples and poisoned candies became more common, not to mention widespread
On October 26, 2002 Omaha World-Herald reported that "Some... conservative Christians, Jews and Muslims,
object to [Halloween's] pagan roots. But Halloween, which many Americans will
celebrate Thursday, actually has numerous ties to Christian faiths. Halloween has its origins in the pagan celebration of the Celtic New Year,
which fell during harvest time, around the beginning of November. The Celts -
who lived in what are today the British Isles and France - honored the New Year
with several festivals, the most important of...
On October 9, 2002 The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that "Cyndi Simpson, a Wiccan, [wanted] to offer an invocation at one of the
[Chesterfield, VA] Supervisors' meetings.
Members of other religions give invocations at Board meetings as a matter of
routine. But the Supervisors turned Ms. Simpson down, evidently deeming Wicca
not the right type of faith. Chairman Kelly Miller termed it a 'mockery,' and
Supervisor Renny Humphrey made a crack, wondering whether Ms. Simpson was a
witch or a bad witch."
On September 28, 2002 the Ventura County Star reported that "intended as an outreach to Wiccans, Shamans, Druids and followers of other
Neo-Pagan religions, the first-time pride fest [in Oxnard, California] was also aimed at teaching
outsiders... Most contemporary Pagans celebrate all seasonal changes. They view the autumn
equinox as sort of a Thanksgiving -- a time to honor Mother Nature for her
contributions in the form of a harvest and to reflect on goals for the coming
On September 25, 2002 the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that "approximately
200 people gathered at the first Greater Pittsburgh Pagan Pride Day on Sunday
100 Acre House on 100 Acre Drive. Some women at the Pagan picnic proudly identified themselves as witches.
Others said they practiced Wicca, the 'Old Religion' based on pre-Christian
religious practices of the Irish, English, French or Italians. Some Pagans base
their beliefs on the practices of Druids and ancient Celtic-...
On September 24, 2002 the Intelligencer Journal reported that "a politician who spoke out earlier this month against pagan
beliefs... was credited with bringing a crowd to the forum that featured five
pagans talking about their beliefs. 'I want to thank Commissioner Pete Shaub,' said pagan Azar Silverbear, who
was a panelist at the forum sponsored by the Alliance for Tolerance and
'Without his intolerance, the pagan community wouldn't have gotten the
it has recently.' Silverbear's comments were in...
On September 12, 2002 The Associated Press reported that in North Texas, a "Waxahachie High School freshman Rebecca Moreno, suspended for wearing the pentagram jewelry, had been forced to wear it hidden under her blouse in order to return to class... [Rebecca] whose family practices a pagan religion won the right yesterday to wear her pentacle necklace in...
The fall issue of Circle Magazine reports on a Memorial Ritual for September 11 held at the Pagan Spirit Gathering in Ohio at the Summer Solstice." Among those helping to facilitate the ritual were Pagans who worked at the World Trade Center ground zero site in New York City."
On August 23, 2002 The Associated Press reported that "a federal judge ruled that a prison inmate can sue the [Wisconsin] state Department of Corrections because guards wouldn't let him wear a Wiccan necklace...
Michael Grindemann, an inmate at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution in Plymouth, said in a complaint that the Corrections Department violated his First Amendment rights by denying him a pentacle — a five-pointed star also known as a pentagram... The Pentacle is a piece of jewelry Wiccans wear around the neck...
On August 17, 2002 LJworld reported that "KC Pagan Pride Day 2002, a community festival celebrating its fifth year, will [take place on] Aug. 24 in Lenexa's Shawnee Mission Park, and event organizers expect about 250 people from the region to attend... 'The people that come (to the festival) have always been friendly, and I believe Christians would be made to feel welcome. It's about educating people. Yes, it has a very pagan slant, but the main focus is community,' said the Rev. Duane Marshall, event coordinator. Marshall is a legal...