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  • In Whose God Do We Trust?

    03/17/2016 1:25:28 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    KSAL.com ^ | March 10, 2016 | Karen Shade
    According to Dr. Joel Mathews, the phrase "In God We Trust" was first printed on our coins in 1864 and on paper bills in 1957. It had been proposed that "Our Country, Our God, Our Trust" be used, but that was shortened to be able to stamp the motto onto coins. Kansas State University Polytechnic's March Civic Luncheon began with Kansas Weslyan University's Dr. Philip Meckley asking: o How can we look at comparative religious traditions? o How can we live with differences for the sake of our human community? Matthews, a K-State Polytechnic instructor, began the lecture by saying...
  • ‘Wiccan ritual killing’ during blue moon leaves 3 dead in Pensacola

    08/05/2015 2:25:58 PM PDT · by familyop · 40 replies
    NBC News, WFLA, News Channel 8 ^ | August 5, 2015 | NBC News
    A triple homicide in Florida is suspected to be a “Wiccan ritual killing” related to the “blue” moon, police said Tuesday. The three victims, all from the same family, were found after a welfare check on Friday, July 31, said Escambia County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Andrew Hobbes. “It appears that this might be connected to some type of Wiccan ritual killing and possibly tied to the blue moon,” Hobbes told NBC News. A “blue” moon is what it’s called when there are two full moons in the same calendar month. Voncile Smith, 77, and her two sons, Richard, 49,...
  • “Witchcraft” Suspected in Savage Murder of Family in Pensacola [DHS connection]

    08/04/2015 8:28:46 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 45 replies
    WKRG ^ | August 4, 2015, 4:17 pm | Updated: August 4, 2015, 8:26 pm | J B Biuno
    Escambia County Deputies suspect witchcraft was a motivating factor in the savage murders of a mother and her two sons in Pensacola last week. And in the latest shocking twist, one of the victims was a “critical member” of the Department of Homeland Security. ... Richard Smith was described by Sheriff David Morgan as a “critical member” of the Department of Homeland Security. Morgan had to communicate with several national agencies to ensure his investigation didn’t pose a threat to national security. Authorities have evidence that led them to believe witchcraft was somehow involved in their deaths, saying it was...
  • Is Planned Parenthood Selling “Fully Intact” Babies Born Alive and Left to Die?

    07/31/2015 11:33:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life News ^ | July 31, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    In an interview with CNN this morning, the pro-life advocate behind the four shocking videos exposing Planned Parenthood selling the body parts of aborted babies for research made a startling claim. The claim makes it appear the Planned Parenthood abortion business may be selling the “fully intact” bodies of unborn babies purposefully born alive and left to die.To set the stage, following the release of the first two shocking videos showing top Planned Parenthood doctors discussing and arranging the sale of aborted babies with actors posing as biotech firm officials, the bio0tech company StemExpress, which purchases aborted babies from...
  • HORRIFYING: A British Man Was Caught Trying To Smuggle Roasted Baby Fetuses Into Thailand

    07/29/2015 10:24:00 AM PDT · by Cats Pajamas · 33 replies
    A British man of Asian origin was arrested in Thailand after police found him in possession of six human fetuses that had been roasted and covered in gold leaf in a black magic ritual, The Telegraph reports.
  • Psychic Capital: Tech and Silicon Valley Turn to Mystics for Advice

    07/19/2015 1:36:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Wednesday, Jul 15 2015 | Jeremy Lybarger
    The names of the tech workers in this story have been changed.Ten thousand miles from Silicon Valley, in a room near the Black Sea, Yegor Karpenchekov dreams of money. At night, while the rest of Odessa sleeps and cocaine smugglers drift in and out of the port under cover of darkness, Yegor logs onto FaceTime and talks to a 70-year-old woman in San Francisco. Her name is Sally Faubion, and five months ago she recruited Yegor from the freelancer marketplace UpWork to code her apps. She believes "divine intervention" brought them together; for Yegor, it was likely $20 per hour...
  • Mike Pence’s New Fan Club: Wiccans [religious right to plural marriage, drugs and nudity]

    04/01/2015 11:59:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 04/01/2015 | David Freedlander
    Among the howls of opponents who insist that religious freedom ordinances limit LGBT civil rights, conservative lawmakers in Indiana and other states have found unlikely allies: Wiccans, who claim that any laws that give greater religious freedom are manna from the earth mother. “I think these bills are horrible,” said Dusty Dionne, High Priest and High Summoner of the Aquarian Tabernacle Church of Washington State. “But if they are going to open up this can of worms, we are going to shove it right in their face.” Reverend Dionne, reached at his church in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains,...
  • There’s an Actual Pagan Academy in NYC Training Adults to Become Real-Life Witches

    06/18/2013 12:16:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 17, 2013 10:51am | Billy Hallowell
    Those who dislike or are relatively unfamiliar with the occult will likely be surprised to learn that a witchcraft school—like an adult version of Hogwarts—is in full operation in the center of New York City. The Wiccan Family Temple Academy of Pagan Studies, while certainly different from the fictional school that Harry Potter and his friends attended, does provide some intriguing elements that will serve as a surprise to those with little familiarity with Pagan beliefs and witchcraft. The academy, according to information on its web site, offers affordable training, which includes coverage in the “Path of Wicca,” Starlight Vision...
  • Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

    09/09/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 105 replies
    This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies. [snip] The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself--or his religious commitment--in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has...
  • The UN Meddling with Religion: Cooperation Circles and the United Religions Initiative

    04/09/2011 11:52:33 AM PDT · by mikalasukala · 10 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | April 8, 2011 | Consigliere5
    The U.N. Meddling with Religion, Part 9 Cooperation Circles and the United Religions Initiative (URI)Another example of the influence of the United Nations in blending all religions together into a New Agey “Global Consciousness aka: the coming Planetary Transformation aka: World Awakening aka: Shift to the New Aquarian Age” to get rid of the “exclusive” Christian Gospel.Today's example in Interfaithism/Religious Syncretism is called a Cooperation Circle and is used by the United Religions Initiative (URI).Their website: http://www.uri.org/Here's what they say about themselves:URI (United Religions Initiative) is an internationally recognized interfaith network active in 78 countries with its global office...
  • Wiccans Approve of ELCA Goddess Worship

    08/18/2010 2:16:42 PM PDT · by Enought · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | Dan Skogen
    It seems witches like the ELCA's practice of praying to a goddess. Check out this Wiccan's blog and the following comments. Note: you will be taken to a Wiccan website (read blog here). Our denomination as moved so far away from true Christianity that neopagans who practice witchcraft find us appealing. Is this a denomination that God wants you to stay in and support?
  • Priests will soon be 'inundated' with exorcism requests, asserts author

    06/18/2010 5:25:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies · 316+ views
    CNA ^ | 6/18/2010
    Front Royal, Va., Jun 18, 2010 / 06:52 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In an exclusive interview with CNA, author and pro-life leader Fr. Thomas Euteneuer discussed his recent book on the often misunderstood topic of exorcism, asserting that due to an increased exposure of young people to the occult, priests within the next decade are going to be “inundated” with exorcism requests. Speaking on his new book, “Exorcism and the Church Militant,” which was released on June 14, Fr. Euteneuer, who also serves as director of Human Life International (HLI), elaborated on the need for exorcism to be clarified in modern...
  • Cops: Wiccan listed victim as 'sacrifice' in phone

    04/10/2010 1:14:55 PM PDT · by Chet 99 · 25 replies · 832+ views
    Cops: Wiccan listed victim as 'sacrifice' in phone 2010-04-09 03:30:00 A self-described Wiccan had a man's phone number programmed in her cell phone under the word "sacrifice" before she stabbed him to death, then claimed he had tried to rape her, authorities said Thursday. Angela Sanford, 30, is accused of killing 52-year-old Joel Leyba last month with a dagger after inviting him to join her in a Wiccan celebration of spring near a popular hiking trail east of Albuquerque. She told police she stabbed Leyba three times in the stomach after he tied her up and tried to assault her....
  • Wiccan Murders?

    03/26/2010 6:47:44 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 10 replies · 309+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | March 25, 2010 AD | Mariano Grinbank
    As Wiccans seek to educate Albuquerque on their beliefs—due to a recent murder—they should also learn from this event. When they besmirch “Christians” and “Christianity” for persecution of witches, may they remember the very same points that they are now emphasizing to us. The Bible commands us to love our neighbors (aka anybody/everybody) and even to love our enemies. Since those actions were contrary to biblical Christianity, they should no more be correlated with it than this murder is to be correlated to Wicca. Another recent Wiccan murder was reported at this link.
  • Pagan Pride at Syracuse U

    02/15/2010 7:55:40 AM PST · by bs9021 · 19 replies · 786+ views
    AIA-FL Blog ^ | February 15, 2010 | Bethany Stotts
    Pagan Pride at Syracuse U Bethany Stotts, February 15, 2010 This month Syracuse University’s Hendricks Chapel installed its first pagan chaplain, Mary Hudson, “in line with its goal of being more inclusive of all religions on campus,” reports The Daily Orange on Feb. 14. “Syracuse University may be only the second university in the nation to have a pagan chaplain, Hudson said. The only other one she was aware of is at the University of Southern Maine,” writes Rebecca Kheel for The Daily Orange. She continues, This is the first new chaplain since the appointments of the Buddhist and the...

    02/07/2010 5:17:55 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies · 712+ views
    Catholic Truth Society ^ | 1979 | Fr. Peter J: Elliott
    SEANCES, SPIRITS AND THE OCCULT A Catholic View. Fr. Peter J: Elliott ISBN 85826/172/3 A.C.T.S. No. 1718 (1979) THIS PAMPHLET DEALS WITH PRACTICAL MATTERS AND CLEARLY PRESENTS THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. IT COULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH PAMPHLET No. 1717 WHICH EXAMINES "REINCARNATION". - THE EDITOR. * * * SEANCES, SPIRITS AND THE OCCULT A Catholic View Walk through any bookshop, open the popular magazines, follow the programmes of television and radio and it soon becomes obvious that we are living in the midst of a revival of interest in "the occult". The word means "something...
  • Wicca’s Invitation

    01/15/2010 6:49:16 AM PST · by hiho hiho · 28 replies · 761+ views
    Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | January 14, 2010 | Jeff Walton
    Wicca’s Invitation Pagan practices are meeting with an increasingly receptive audience in the Episcopal Church. Is it the consequence of an unmet need? The following article originally appeared in Forward in Christ Magazine, and is reproduced with permission. The monthly meditation had a playful air about it. “A crone is an old woman. A crone is a witch. A crone is a wise woman. Which one will you be, my friend? Which one I?” Wrapped around a rite for “croning”, the meditation embraced a history of mystical women and offered prayers to “Mothering God” and “Eternal Wisdom.” But the article...
  • Wiccan to sit out two Christmas songs

    12/13/2009 7:30:38 AM PST · by markomalley · 150 replies · 3,096+ views
    Amarillo Globe News ^ | 12/12/2009 | Brenda Bernet
    Fifteen-year-old Katarina Keen won't sing along to "Silent Night" or "Listen to the Stars," two Christian songs planned for her choir's upcoming Christmas concert at Borger High School. But she will sing "Jingle Bells" and "A Carol in Winter." Katarina and her family are Wiccan. The Borger High choirs have given a concert every December, with traditional religious Christmas songs, but this is the first time in director Johnny Miller's 23-year career that any Borger student had issues with the religious themes in the music, he said. A concert at 2:30 p.m. Sunday will feature a ninth- and 10th-grade choir...
  • Real Witches Practice Samhain: Wicca on the Rise in U.S.

    10/31/2009 4:43:56 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 44 replies · 1,698+ views
    AbcNews.Go.Com ^ | Oct. 30, 2009 | RUSSELL GOLDMAN
    Real Witches Practice Samhain: Wicca on the Rise in U.S. More Americans Are Wiccan, and Will Celebrate Samhain, Not Halloween, Saturday By RUSSELL GOLDMAN Oct. 30, 2009— Patti Wigington is a soccer mom. She is the vice president of her local PTA. And she's a witch. This Saturday while her neighborhood outside Columbus, Ohio, is crawling with costumed witches in search of candy, Wigington and a group of other local witches will not be celebrating Halloween, but the new year festival Samhain, which also occurs Oct. 31. In her backyard, Wigington and six other local women who make up...
  • Observance of Wiccan New Year Ends in Religious Discrimination Suit

    10/26/2009 3:35:43 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies · 1,856+ views
    Workforce Management ^ | October 23, 2009 | Jeremy Smerd
    Last Halloween, Gina Uberti took vacation days to celebrate the Wiccan new year in Salem, Massachusetts, the town infamously known for the witch trials of 1692 that ended with the hanging of 14 women. Less than a month after Uberti took part in the festivities of Samhain, one of the holiest days in the Wiccan calendar, she was fired from her job as a district sales manager for Bath & Body Works.
  • Paganism and Witchcraft in Youth Culture

    08/27/2009 3:01:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies · 1,261+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Crusade
    Paganism and Witchcraft in Youth Culture Written by Crusade    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Mrs. Linda Harvey Mrs. Linda Harvey is the founder of Mission: America, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help in dealing with cultural issues such as feminism, homosexuality, education and New Age influences. She is the author of Not My Child—Contemporary Paganism and New Spirituality and her articles have appeared in USA Today and Whistleblower. Mrs. Harvey is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has testified on legislation before the Ohio General Assembly on numerous occasions. Crusade: How would you define witchcraft?...
  • Urine, Fingernail-Filled 'Witch Bottle' Found

    06/04/2009 7:37:24 AM PDT · by Cailleach · 21 replies · 1,240+ views
    Discovery News ^ | June 4, 2009 | Jennifer Viegas
    During the 17th century in England, someone urinated in a jar, added nail clippings, hair and pins, and buried it upside-down in Greenwich, where it was recently unearthed and identified by scientists as being the world's most complete known "witch bottle." This spell device, often meant to attract and trap negative energy, was particularly common from the 16th to the 17th centuries, so the discovery provides a unique insight into witchcraft beliefs of that period, according to a report published in the latest British Archaeology.
  • Paganism returns to the Holy Land .....

    03/24/2009 1:03:00 PM PDT · by TaraP · 19 replies · 1,061+ views
    Haaretz ^ | March 22nd, 2009
    Like many other soldiers who took part in the Gaza operation, Omer, 20, occasionally took a few moments to pray, but he did not pray to the Lord of Israel. Omer considers himself pagan, and has sworn allegiance to three ancient gods. During combat, he says they appeared before him, giving him strength during the most arduous moments. Omer is still in the army, and therefore refused to be interviewed for this story. Yet he did say he belongs to a religion whose goal is to revive worship of ancient gods. In an online Hebrew-language paganism forum, Omer's accounts of...
  • The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World

    02/14/2009 7:20:41 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies · 1,107+ views
    Insidecatholic.com ^ | 2/14/09 | Tom Hoopes
    The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World by Tom Hoopes    2/14/09     "The lunatic is on the grass."   It was an hour before midnight. Ten-year-old James was in his bedroom, alone, when he was suddenly gripped by terror. A Pink Floyd song rang out through the empty room. The radio turned on by itself.   "The lunatic is on the grass. The lunatic is in the hall."   James lay paralyzed, locked in that helpless state that is itself as terrifying as whatever causes it. He wanted to move or cry out but couldn't. So...
  • What's it like living next door to a neighbourhood witch?[UK]

    11/29/2008 10:28:34 AM PST · by BGHater · 62 replies · 1,553+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 Nov 2008 | Jenny Johnston
    <p>They seemed such a normal couple - until they built a pagan stone circle in the garden...</p> <p>You'd think milkmen would be used to pre-dawn doorstep encounters with all manner of 'unconventional' folk, wouldn't you? Well, not in leafy Dorchester.</p>
  • Are Witches Real?(Bet Your Bottom Dollar!)

    10/31/2008 9:54:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 46 replies · 1,707+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/28/08 | By Father Dwight Longenecker
    Are witches real? Of course they are. Are they skinny old women with green skin, pointy chins and warts on their noses, who cackle over cauldrons? Of course not. Do they attend an academy called “Hogwarts,” play a form of hockey on their broomsticks and battle mythical beasts? Is “Samantha,” a pretty middle-class suburban wife with magical powers and a gaggle of kooky and spooky family members, a witch? Of course not. All of that is an attempt to make us believe that there are not really such things as witches.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer slaying church attendance among women, study claims [Ecumenical]

    08/25/2008 10:36:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 81 replies · 787+ views
    Telegraph ^ | August 23, 2008 | Martin Beckford
    The report claims more than 50,000 women a year have deserted their congregations over the past two decades because they feel the church is not relevant to their lives. It says that instead young women are becoming attracted to the pagan religion Wicca, where females play a central role, which has grown in popularity after being featured positively in films, TV shows and books. The study comes amid ongoing controversy over the role of women in all Christian denominations. Last month its governing body voted to allow women to become bishops for the first time, having admitted them to the...
  • Witchcraft in America

    01/07/2008 2:54:26 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 37 replies · 206+ views
    This looks like a good resource: When the day's news is about "witches," many Americans reflexively conjure up images of ugly, wicked hags from stories like "Snow White" and "The Wizard of Oz" – or more recently, the smiling "good witches" of Harry Potter books and films. But none of these fictional fantasies has anything to do with the real thing. The real thing – that is, the stunning phenomenon of more and more American housewives, students, professors, and even soldiers self-identifying as "witches" – is the topic of the January edition of WND's elite monthly Whistleblower magazine. Titled "WITCHCRAFT...
  • Wiccan Pentacle Goes Up Next To Nativity Scene

    12/18/2007 5:09:38 AM PST · by Puppage · 165 replies · 322+ views
    WNBC.COM ^ | 12/18/2007 | Puppage
    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- A Wiccan pentacle has joined a controversial nativity scene at Green Bay's City Hall. The manger scene was put up by City Council President Chad Fradette, who wanted to defy an anti-religious group that was protesting another nativity scene in a nearby town. However, the Wiccans said that was an abuse of power and requested that the Wiccan symbol go up next to the nativity. "I want to see all those other faiths that we don't get an opportunity to see in Green Bay, Wis., because we are sometimes relegated to that," said Wiccan Kelly Winters....
  • FBI Seeks Info on Missing Employee of Armored Carrier Facility After $7M Robbery

    11/29/2007 4:59:53 PM PST · by RDTF · 39 replies · 980+ views
    not specified ^ | Nov 29, 2007 | Foxnews.com
    A nationwide manhunt is under way for a missing employee of an armored-carrier facility and his girlfriend after thieves stole more than $7 million dollars from the Ohio company earlier this week. Roger Lee Dillon, 22, of Youngstown, Ohio, is wanted for questioning by the FBI after not showing up for work at the Liberty, Ohio, after the robbery was committed. On the morning of Nov. 27, employees discovered the safes — containing $7 million in cash and checks — empty. The burglars also deactivated the alarm system and disabled a surveillance tape during the robbery. Special agent Scott Wilson,...
  • L.I. wiccan mom's set to observe 'Samhain,' not Halloween

    10/22/2007 9:50:39 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 43 replies · 256+ views
    NYDAILYNEWS.com ^ | October 22nd 2007 | RICHARD WEIR
    Bonnie Thompson's Hicksville house is bedecked with all kinds of witch decorations. There are witch-on-broomstick weather vanes staked in her flower beds and witch chimes dangling below her mailbox. Sitting atop the sill of her bay window are small iron cauldrons and witch figurines. But none of these objects is there because Halloween is coming. Thompson is a real witch, or wiccan to be more exact, who follows the concepts and rituals taught by Richard and Gypsy Ravish. The Salem, Mass., couple are head priest and priestess of the Temple of Nine Wells and initiated Thompson into wicca. As the...
  • Arson suspect agrees to plea deal (Satanism and Wicca)

    09/19/2007 2:36:41 PM PDT · by narses · 14 replies · 224+ views
    The CDAPress.com ^ | 9/19/2007 | MARC STEWART
    No statutory rape charges filed even though man admitted sexual affair with 16-year-old girlfriend COEUR d'ALENE -- The 20-year-old man who admitted torching the Lake City Junior Academy might not spend a day in prison, but his underage girlfriend could spend 20 years there thanks to his testimony. Jason Howry pleaded guilty to first-degree arson as a part of a plea deal. He'll be sentenced on Nov. 8 in 1st District Court. Howry's 16-year-old girlfriend, Jacqueline Smith, is being charged as an adult. She's facing conspiracy to commit arson and first-degree arson charges. Her attorney, Doug Phelps, said plea bargain...
  • Witch Leaving Town After Attack

    09/09/2007 6:23:05 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 30 replies · 1,050+ views
    Halifax Daily News ^ | September 9, 2007 | Stephane Massinon
    A Spryfield witch says too much toil and trouble is forcing her out of town. For weeks, Shauna Cook, 37, said she's been targeted in her Spryfield home on Lavender Walk because she is a hedge-witch natural healer. Most recently, it was two of her pagan friends being attacked. Shortly after midnight on Friday, an 18-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy were leaving Cook's house to catch the bus when four males approached them and asked where they were going. After they told them they were going back home, the boy was attacked. Two more people jumped into the fight,...
  • Why the Bible Forbids Paganism

    09/05/2007 1:43:28 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 21 replies · 707+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | 9/05/'07 | David Klingjoffer
    Wicca and similar groups are flourishing in America. They're also violating the biblical commandment against idolatry.My kids’ favorite baby-sitter assures me that she’s not a practicing witch, “though,” she says, “I do hang out with a lot of Wiccans.” There was the time, for instance, out on the Kitsap Peninsula, near Seattle, when she joined a group of witches for a “sky-clad” (that is, naked) romp in the woods, a May Day ritual. Having tossed off their clothes, the pagans ran around a maypole chanting in Gaelic. “The pole is a phallic symbol,” thirty-two-year-old Jenny helpfully explains. “They’re white...
  • Wicca teacher claims 1 Mega ticket (Well, Praise the Lord!)

    09/02/2007 2:19:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 53 replies · 1,547+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/2/07 | Todd Hallidy - ap
    NOTTINGHAM, Md. - Elwood "Bunky" Bartlett says a New Age book store made it possible for him to become an overnight multimillionaire. He and his wife, Denise, were on their way to the shop where he occasionally teaches Wicca and Reiki (RAY'kee) healing when they stopped at a liquor store and bought two $5 Mega Millions tickets for Friday night's estimated $330 million jackpot. On Sunday, he said one ticket was a winner. "If it wasn't for this place I wouldn't have won the lottery," Bartlett said Sunday at Mystickal Voyage, the New Age shop. Four winning tickets to the...
  • Woman Arrested for Yelling Witch Chants (Wi-"Brenna Raven Moonfire")

    08/16/2007 7:52:13 AM PDT · by 14themunny · 99 replies · 1,708+ views
    TMJ4-Milwaukee ^ | 08-15-07 | Katie DeLong
    A Waukesha woman was arrested early Tuesday morning for disturbing neighbors by yelling witch chants around a bonfire she built 10-feet from her home, police Capt. Mike Babe said. Brenna K. Barney, 42, told police that they were infringing on her religious beliefs since she is a Wiccan and she was performing a ritual because of a new moon, Babe said. She said her name is Brenna Raven Moonfire. Criminal charges of resisting arrest and disorderly conduct were filed against Barney in Waukesha County Circuit Court. Police may also give Barney a ticket alleging negligent handling of burning materials, Babe...
  • India turns to Wiccan queen to save girls

    07/06/2007 3:24:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies · 511+ views
    DNA India ^ | 7/3/2007 | Bappa Majumdar
    KOLKATA: India has enlisted the follower of a global pagan witchcraft movement to help curb the country'' high female infanticide rate and end the neglect of the girl child, government said on Monday. Ipsita Roy Chakraverti, a Wiccan and a social activist, has been nominated by the Centre's National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) to head a panel entrusted with the responsibility to improve the status of young girls, they said. About 10 million girls have been killed by their parents over the past 20 years, said government officials as female infanticide and foeticide. “This is a triumph for...
  • Getting serious about freedom [Wicca in the military]

    05/30/2007 5:53:52 PM PDT · by SJackson · 27 replies · 1,030+ views
    Capital Times ^ | 5-30-07
    Selena Fox, a Wiccan priestess and founder of Circle Sanctuary, arranges flowers May 20 in Barneveld around a new grave maker with the Wiccan pentacle for Nevada National Guard Sgt. Patrick Stewart who was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. A rather big deal has been made about the fact that on Memorial Day, the graves of military veterans who embraced Wicca, the nature-based religion founded on respect for the Earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons, were dedicated with government-issued markers etched with a symbol of their religion: the Wiccan pentacle. Certainly the Wiccans, whose legal fight finally forced...
  • University OKs pagan festival, bans Christian event

    05/27/2007 11:28:37 PM PDT · by LiteKeeper · 33 replies · 1,793+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | May 27, 2007
    Scotland's University of Edinburgh, after proposing a ban on Bibles and denying a Christian campus group the right to hold a conference on the immorality of homosexuality, has extended the welcome mat to the school's Pagan Society to hold its annual meeting on campus next month. The pagan conference will feature presentations on a variety of topics, including Magic and Witchcraft in the 21st Century, Pagan Parenting, Pagan Marriage, Pagan Symbolism and Practice and Ancient Greek magic. A workshop in tribal dance will be held at the university Student's Association. "It will be an opportunity for people to listen to...
  • Wiccan symbol OK for soldiers' graves

    04/23/2007 1:47:44 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 73 replies · 5,259+ views
    CNN ^ | April 23, 2007
    The Wiccan pentacle has been added to the list of emblems allowed in national cemeteries and on government-issued headstones of fallen soldiers, according to a settlement announced Monday. A settlement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wiccans adds the five-pointed star to the list of "emblems of belief" allowed on VA grave markers. Eleven families nationwide are waiting for grave markers with the pentacle, said Selena Fox, a Wiccan high priestess with Circle Sanctuary in Barneveld, Wisconsin, a plaintiff in the lawsuit. The settlement calls for the pentacle, whose five points represent earth, air, fire, water and spirit,...
  • 'Wiccans' win place in US military cemeteries (Armed Forces Jedi "Encouraged")

    04/23/2007 2:45:32 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 55 replies · 1,322+ views
    AFP ^ | 04/23/07
    Adherents to the neo-pagan cult Wicca soon will be permitted to place their symbol the pentacle -- a five-pointed star inscribed inside a circle -- on headstones in military cemeteries, US officials said Monday. After months of legal wrangling, the US Department of Veterans Affairs agreed to allow Wiccans to place the symbol on headstones, as do adherents to the Christian, Muslim and Jewish and other faiths. The policy change will go into effect in the next few months, officials said. "VA will be adding the pentacle to its list of approved emblems of belief that will be engraved on...
  • For Gods And Country [ string theory and Wicca in the US military ]

    02/22/2007 11:40:32 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 303+ views
    Free Internet Press ^ | February 19, 2007 | Intellpuke
    The Sacred Well Congregation, which has about 950 members across the country, prides itself on being an intellectual group. Ron Schaefer, a retired lieutenant colonel who flew F-4s and F-16s during a 26-year Air Force career, says Wicca "meshes perfectly with string theory." Dea Mikeworth, wife of an Army sergeant wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, says it reflects "archetypes in the collective unconscious." But Larsen is unabashed about the faith's central appeal. "You can't intellectually talk about witchcraft. You gotta show up," he says. "What Carl Jung, Joseph Campbell and a lot of us universalists think is, people...
  • For Gods and Country

    02/21/2007 3:01:47 PM PST · by TBP · 30 replies · 618+ views
    The Washington Compost ^ | February 19, 2007 | Alan Cooperman
    A year ago, he was a Pentecostal Christian minister at Camp Anaconda, the largest U.S. support base in Iraq. On July 6, he applied to become the first Wiccan chaplain in the U.S. armed forces
  • Witches In South Florida

    11/17/2006 6:12:04 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 4 replies · 428+ views
    CBS 4 MIAMI ^ | 17 NOVEMBER 2006 | CBS 4 MIAMI
    CBS4) MIAMI -- Is there such a thing as a real witch? Witchcraft is actually a religion called Wicca and just how many believers are present in South Florida may surprise many. CBS4's Laurie Stein took an in-depth look into the world of witches and found that many search area cemeteries in search of ghosts. On one particularly cloudy and dark night, Stein followed some of these witches to a cemetery one evening and what she found may be shocking yet intriguing to some. "There was one mausoleum area that was all lit up at one point, I came with...
  • Pagans Sue on Emblem for Graves

    09/30/2006 6:33:11 AM PDT · by Pharmboy · 204 replies · 3,029+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 30, 2006 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    <p>Military veterans are entitled to have their headstones engraved by the government with a symbol of their religion. Families of the deceased may choose from emblems representing a variety of 18 Christian churches, a number of Buddhist sects, Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Hinduism and atheism (represented by an atom with an A inside) — 38 religious symbols in all.</p>
  • Police Say A Ritual Preceded Cemetery Murder

    09/16/2006 6:51:46 PM PDT · by MockTurtle · 71 replies · 2,968+ views
    WHO-TV ^ | 9/7/2006 | Kerry Kavanaugh
    WHO-TV September 7th, 2006--A report released by the Polk County Medical Examiner says that 18-year-old Matthew Stegman died from multiple stab wounds. He also suffered blunt force trauma to the head, arms, and chest. Now police say his murder may be tied to some sort of devil worship. Des Moines Police Sergeant Todd Dykstra said, "What investigators believe or know is that some type of ritual was performed prior to the homicide." That ritual was possibly performed by the five people police arrested and charged with first degree murder. All five were arrested at the same Des Moines apartment building...
  • Wiccan Sign Allowed on Soldier's Plaque

    09/13/2006 7:21:51 PM PDT · by SmithL · 49 replies · 776+ views
    AP ^ | 9/13/6 | SCOTT SONNER,
    Reno -- The widow of a soldier killed in Afghanistan won state approval Wednesday to place a Wiccan religious symbol on his memorial plaque, something the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs had refused. "I'm honored and ecstatic. I've been waiting a year for this," Roberta Stewart said from her home in Fernley, about 30 miles east of Reno. Sgt. Patrick Stewart, 34, was killed in Afghanistan last September when a rocket-propelled grenade struck his helicopter. Four others also died. Stewart was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. He was a follower of the Wiccan religion, which the...
  • NPR: Plant Life Is Sacred; Human Life, Not So Sacred

    08/12/2004 3:08:41 PM PDT · by Diago · 17 replies · 1,068+ views
    http://www.victorlams.com/ ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2004 | Victor Lams
    Wednesday, August 11, 2004 NPR: Human Plant Life Is Sacred Here's a fitting juxtaposition of two stories NPR has run (so far) this week on "Morning Edition". The first, which ran on Monday, about "stem cell research", trumpeted science the technology industry's latest triumph: feeding embryonic stem cells with human placenta cells (instead of the industry standard of mouse skin cells). From such grisly irony new lines of stem cells have been produced, but, alas, these new lines will never receive federal funding (until Kerry is elected) because Bush decided on his own that killing human beings for personal...
  • The Witch Next Door

    04/23/2006 6:20:58 PM PDT · by Coleus · 6 replies · 691+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 04.22.06 | Br. Paul Stein
    “Your son and daughter might be the next Hansel and Gretel,” should have been the warning label on the Guide to Paganism supplied to British prison governors by the Pagan Federation. Michael Spurr, director of operations of the Prison Service, approved the new norms, which allow pagan British inmates possession of incenses and an amulet, the services of pagan “chaplains,” and the practice of rites and chants in their cells, London’s Times reported on October 17th of last year.  Pretence of Antiquity Witchcraft and paganism have been growing worldwide, especially the practice of Wicca, for which courses one can now...
  • Va. Governor Exonerates Convicted Witch

    07/10/2006 1:53:00 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 102 replies · 1,824+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 7 10 06 | SONJA BARISIC
    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Witch of Pungo is no longer a witch. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Monday exonerated Grace Sherwood, who 300 years ago became Virginia's only woman convicted as a witch tried by water. "I am pleased to officially restore the good name of Grace Sherwood," Kaine wrote in a letter Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorf read aloud before a re-enactment of Sherwood's being dropped into the river. "With 300 years of hindsight, we all certainly can agree that trial by water is an injustice," Kaine wrote. "We also can celebrate the fact that a woman's equality...