On October 25, 2001, The Boston Globe featured an article on Paganism. The article explains, "Paganism goes under many names, including 'wicca,' 'goddess traditions,' 'Earth-based spirituality,' 'neo-paganism,' and 'the craft.'" It continues, "Pagans base their ritual...
On August 1, 2001, InPgh Weekly reported that Pennsylvania resident "Conon Brewer may be held in contempt of court this week for allowing [his daughter] to see...anything...that hints at his personal sense of spirituality. He stands accused of violating his 2000 divorce decree, which orders him not to expose his young daughter to books with 'spirits and ghosts' or to the teachings of his...
On July 26, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution reported that "during the second half of the 20th century, metro Atlanta...became a
richly diverse religious community." The article
listed ten facts that exemplified the growing
diversity. For example, "Hindus have several
worship centers in Atlanta" and "Pagans and witches worship in their own ceremonies throughout the metro area."
On July 17, 2001, the Lady Liberty League issued a press release reporting that "Pagans of many paths from around the USA concerned about HR 7 have
joined the growing numbers of American citizens calling and emailing their
concerns to US Congressional representatives on Capitol Hill in Washington,
DC. Some info is online at Wren's Nest at the Witches Voice website:
http://www.witchvox.net/xwrensnest.html...HR 7 is of special concern to Pagans because one of the most widely cited...
On July 4, 2001, The Detroit News reported that "the mother of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide five months ago has filed a $10-million lawsuit against the Lincoln Park School District, claiming school administrators turned a blind eye to students who teased the girl about her religious beliefs...Much of the teasing revolved around [the girl's] belief in Wicca, a pagan religion...
On June 30, 2001, The New York Times reported that "the guardian of two children in the Bedford school district has asked the
United States Supreme Court to overturn a ruling dismissing claims that the
district promoted paganism, New Age thinking and the occult." The claims were made by "three Roman Catholic families in 1996 [who] asserted that a
high school Earth Day ceremony with drum-playing and the offering of gifts
crossed the line into worship of the planet."
On June 20, 2001, In-Forum, the online media partner of The Forum, of North Dakota, reported that organizers of "the second annual Pagan Hands Across the Red
River are hurt by what they call 'bad publicity' about the four-day pagan festival 40
miles south of Fargo. Letters published on The...
On June 18, 2001, the TV show Religion and Ethics Newsweekly posted a transcript of one of their programs about "what it means when modern
witches [Wiccans] 'come out of the closet.'" Many Wiccans face discrimination and the prevalence of false stereotypes about them. "Wiccans say that, in the end, it is their experience more...
On June 14, 2001, The State Journal-Register reported that "a decades-old law that prohibits anyone from being paid to tell
fortunes was reaffirmed by unanimous vote of Hillsboro [Illinois] City Council. The issue came up...when [the Coven of the] Mystic Moon [asked to]
hold a fund-raising festival on city property at Lake Hillsboro. Among the games
and activities to be offered would be readings of Tarot cards and
fortune-telling...The practice of divination, or fortune-telling, is part of their religion,
[a member of the...
On June 1, 2001 the Harvard Magazine reported that "At 8:45 A.M. on February 20 a Wiccan priestess led the daily service of morning prayers in Memorial Church. 'Chapel has long afforded, since 1886 at least, a pulpit to non-Christians,' says the Reverend Professor Peter J. Gomes, Pusey minister in the Memorial Church. Harris is 'the first Wiccan priestess of whom we are aware.'"