On May 30, 2001, the St. Petersburg Times reported that "community activist Charles Schrader, who was ejected from a School Board
meeting last week for praying a pagan prayer over Chairwoman Patience Nave's
invocation, asked...whether he can lead the prayer at the next regular
board meeting June 12" in the spirit of religious diversity. Nave responded that "it was the board's meeting. So they should be the ones conducting the
On May 27, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on "the Spring
Gathering of the Tribes here, on a remote wooded farm where hundreds of Pagans
from Virginia and the East Coast have set up camp...Gathering attendees portrayed themselves as normal Americans
who hold spiritual beliefs in the power of nature and in male and female sources
of divinity...Some area ministers said earlier this week that they might organize a protest
against the weekend gathering, but little has materialized."
On May 25, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported that "plans for a $4.5-million interfaith chapel at Chapman University...suffered another setback this week when Orange planning commissioners
rejected the project on aesthetic grounds...Chapman officials said they plan to appeal the decision to the City Council...The design for the 250-seat Wallace All Faiths Chapel uses universal
religious themes of light, water and nature."
On May 23, 2001, St. Petersburg Times reported that School Board Chairwoman
Patience Nave "asked a deputy at Tuesday's meeting to remove Charles
Schrader, a Wiccan
who has protested the board's decision to open meetings with
On several occasions, Schrader has said his prayer aloud as board
said their prayers."
On May 6, 2001, the Hartford Courant ran two front-page photos entitled "A Wish for Spring, a Dance for Rebirth." The photos were from the celebration of Beltane the day before, "a Pagan rite of spring that celebrates fertility and rebirth...About 25 people attended the event, which included a May pole dance...and a cleansing ritual in which participants leaped over a bonfire."
On May 2, 2001, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported on "the Psychic-Pagan Fair in Monaca [Pennsylvania]...where about a dozen vendors sold all manner of New Age spiritual supplies...Wiccans...came to the fair to raise money for Children's Hospital of
Pittsburgh...Rose St. John, coordinator of the event and a [W]iccan...says that many who practice [W]icca or are
pagans...are shunned by people who fear them...That's why she and a fellow [W]iccan formed P.U.R.E -- Pagans United for
On April 28, 2001, The Hartford Courant reported that "May 1, known as Beltaine, is one of paganism's most important holidays. It
marks the beginning of summer, which means the celebration of new life, and the
holy marriage of god and goddess...Pagans revere nature and see their lives as being attuned to the cycle of
the seasons." Pagans are not well understood by the general public, said one follower of the religion.
On April 23, 2001, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
reported on the response to the Rev.
Mickler's decision to bar a rabbi from giving baccalaureate services
in his church. "The Rev. Randy Mickler's words earned a standing ovation from his Mount
Bethel United Methodist Church congregation Sunday as he defended his refusal to
permit a rabbi to speak from his pulpit...The same decision has prompted some Jewish families to cut ties to the Cobb
County church's popular youth sports program."
On April 21, 2001, The Chicago Tribune reported that two dozen dissidents have charged the Unitarian Universalist Association of being "extremely intolerant" of people who want to talk about God. They "will meet in Virginia to discuss plans for a new church body for Unitarians who want more God and less politics in church...In time, the Unitarian tradition, which has no creed, [has] shed its exclusively Christian focus and embraced other forms of religious expression, including humanism and Buddhism." The group of dissidents is "...
This spring, the Southern Poverty Law Center
Intelligence Report contains an interview with Professor Mattias Gardell of the University of Stockholm. His research on the U.S. raises concerns about growth of a racist form of Asatru.
On April 16, 2001, Zap2it.com reported on
"new CBS mini series titled 'Innocent Blood:
The True Story of the Salem Witch Trials.'...
Co-executive producer Ed Gernon emphasizes, 'This
is not about witchcraft; this is about the
suspicion of witchcraft and, on some deep, deep
level, about men's inherent fear of women and
On April 14, 2001, The Arizona Republic reported on the origin of the Easter Bunny. "No one's quite sure just how the Easter Bunny became associated with the
Christian holiday...He was a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt, a reputation that
eventually spread to Europe as the rabbit became one of the featured stars of
springtime pagan rituals."
On April 14, 2001, the Santa Cruz Sentinel reported that many of the customs with which people celebrate Easter have their origins in "ancient earth traditions." Second-century Christian missionaries found that pagan springtime celebrations occurred at the same time of year as Christianity celebrated the resurrection of Christ. The missionaries "cleverly decided to spread their religious message slowly throughout the populations by allowing them to continue to celebrate ancient feasts, but in a Christian manner." The name "...
On March 10, 2001, Pagan Educational Network
reported that "the first national Pagan Summit was held over the weekend of 2-4 March
2001 in Bloomington, Indiana. The goal of the Summit was to allow people
who lead nationally-focused Pagan organizations
to meet face-to-face and discuss issues facing the national Pagan movement...
The results are posted on the updated Summit site at