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  • UTOPIA: what would a women’s society look like?

    10/12/2014 9:17:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 99 replies
    I haven’t been writing in a while, and it’s not because I don’t like writing any more but things have accelerated elsewhere in my life and I can’t be involved everywhere at once. As this isn’t paid work, obviously I can’t afford to put blogging first. Anyway, there are still many posts waiting to be finished. In the meantime, I’ll start another one. I often muse about all the things that we’d need to change about patriarchy if we abolished men’s rule over women and the earth. Everything and every single aspect of social organisation is so much the opposite...
  • The Scholars and the Goddess

    05/12/2014 11:16:41 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 16 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Jan 2001 | Charlotte Allen
    Wicca, sometimes known as the Goddess movement, Goddess spirituality, or the Craft, appears to be the fastest-growing religion in America. Thirty years ago only a handful of Wiccans existed. One scholar has estimated that there are now more than 200,000 adherents of Wicca and related "neopagan" faiths in the United States, the country where neopaganism, like many formal religions, is most flourishing. Wiccans—who may also call themselves Witches (the capital W is meant to distance them from the word's negative connotations, because Wiccans neither worship Satan nor practice the sort of malicious magic traditionally associated with witches) or just plain...
  • 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....
  • Mass. inmate requests cake, colored pens, dragon blood to follow Wiccan faith

    05/20/2013 10:33:37 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 14, 2013 | Caroline Black
    A Mass. prisoner has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Correction and a prison superintendent claiming he has been denied access to items, including but not limited to ritual oils, herbs, teas, robes, medallions, colored pens, and cakes, which are necessary to properly exercise his Wiccan faith. Daniel LaPlante, who is currently serving a life sentence at MCI-Norfolk for the murder of a Townsend woman and her two children, claims both the DOC and MCI-Norfolk Superintendent Gary Roden have refused to allow him the ability, time, place, and manner to work his magic, perform his rituals, and cast the...
  • PC Crazy!

    02/17/2013 5:42:57 AM PST · by Keli Kilohana · 6 replies
    The University of Missouri is going to recognize Wiccan and pagan holidays--"so no one feels left out." But, whatever you do, DON'T SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"
  • University Says No Exams On Wiccan, Pagan Holidays

    02/16/2013 7:59:40 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    fox ^ | 2/16/13 | staff
    Students at University of Missouri don't need to cram for exams that fall on Wiccan and Pagan holidays, now that the school has put them on par with Christmas, Thanksgiving and Hanukah. The university’s latest “Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations” — designed to help faculty know when and when not to schedule exams and other student activities — lists eight Wiccan and Pagan holidays and events right alongside more mainstream occasions. It's all part of the school's effort to include everyone's beliefs, although some critics say listing every holiday associated with fringe belief systems is a bit...
  • Pagan stone circle built at US Air Force training academy

    11/28/2011 4:12:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 61 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-11
    The US military has built a stone circle in its Air Force academy to give pagans, druids and witches somewhere to practice their religion. The Colorado base has spent around £50,000 building the Stonehenge-like structure to allow witches to cast spells, and pagans to form "circles of power" by night. It is situated on top of a wooded hill and includes a fire pit. The academy says it is for cadets who practice 'Earth based' religions including druids, witches and North American faiths. Despite the expenses it is believed only three out of the 4,300 cadets have openly admitted that...
  • Not Your Mother’s Girl Scouts

    10/19/2010 9:51:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 54 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 19, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Americans may still see the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) as an apolitical group but the group’s leader has acknowledged a marked change in the GSA. “We’re not your mother’s Girl Scout troup,” GSA executive director Marty Evans has said. “In 1972, they dropped loyalty to their country from their oath in favor of ‘I will do my best to be honest and fair,’” J. C. Willke writes in the October 2010 issue of the Life Issues Connector newsletter. “In 1975 the first Catholic Archdiocese cut off all support for the Girl Scouts because of their sex-ed program.” “During 1993,...
  • Subsidized Professors Reject Transparency

    10/06/2010 8:59:46 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 2 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 6, 2010 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Professors dependent on government subsidies in Texas are complaining about a new law there that forces them to let their students know what is in their courses before they are trapped in their classrooms. “When University of Texas at Austin junior Taurie Randermann complained to her boss that her course titled ‘Communication and Religion’ was actually about fringe cults like Wiccans and Heaven’s Gate, she kicked off a major change in how much information Texas colleges and universities provide students about course offerings,” The Education Reporter reported in the September 2010 issue of the newsletter. “Randermann’s boss, Texas Republican State...
  • 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....
  • Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force Academy

    02/01/2010 7:32:59 PM PST · by wild74 · 35 replies · 933+ views
    Fox News ^ | Monday, February 01, 2010
    Witches, Druids and pagans rejoice! The Air Force Academy in Colorado is about to recognize its first Wiccan prayer circle, a Stonehenge on the Rockies that will serve as an outdoor place of worship for the academy's neo-pagans.
  • Neo-Pagans Get Worship Circle at Air Force Academy

    02/03/2010 4:30:45 PM PST · by khnyny · 81 replies · 1,558+ views
    FoxNews.com ^ | February 1, 2010 | Jpseph Abrams
    Witches, Druids and pagans rejoice! The Air Force Academy in Colorado is about to recognize its first Wiccan prayer circle, a Stonehenge on the Rockies that will serve as an outdoor place of worship for the academy's neo-pagans. Wiccan cadets and officers on the Colorado Springs base have been convening for over a decade, but the school will officially dedicate a newly built circle of stones on about March 10, putting the outdoor sanctuary on an equal footing with the Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and Buddhist chapels on the base. "When I first arrived here, Earth-centered cadets didn't have anywhere to...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • (Catholic) Parish hall bans witches ball (British witches claim religious descrimination)

    06/18/2009 5:49:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 450+ views
    CathNews ^ | June 18, 2009
    A group of British witches is claiming religious discrimination after a Stockport Catholic church banned them from using its social club for their Crystal Cauldron Witches Ball. Sandra Davis, High Priestess at the Crystal Cauldron, had reserved Our Lady's Social Club in Shaw Heath, Stockport for her Pagan group's Annual Witches' Ball, the UK Telegraph reports. But when she rang to make payment arrangements she was told the event could not be held there and, despite already having printed tickets, another venue must be found. The Diocese of Shrewsbury have since confirmed witches are not "compatible with the Catholic ethos."
  • 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...
  • NPR Sends Wiccan Priestess to Public Prayer Booth

    11/25/2008 8:52:03 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 7 replies · 647+ views
    Dylan Mortimer's "Public Prayer Booth" was the subject of a controversial report from National Public Radio. A pagan priestess runs into the president of the atheists in a phone booth in New York. No, it's not a joke — it's the start of a controversial report from National Public Radio — and your tax dollars may have paid for it. New York City officials this fall launched an art project called "Public Prayer Booth," which features a modified phone booth rigged up with a flip-down kneeler. Passers-by, if they're in the mood, can bend to their (padded) knee and say...
  • Third arrest made in alleged cult abuse case (Durham, N.C)

    07/02/2008 9:00:47 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies · 568+ views
    wral ^ | 07.02.08 | Erin Hartness
    Police charged a third person Wednesday in connection with beatings and rape that authorities say were carried out by a satanic cult. Diana Palmer, 44, of Cottage Woods Court, surrendered to police Wednesday afternoon. She was charged with being an accessory after the fact of assault with a deadly weapon and was being held in the Durham County Jail under a $95,000 bond. Joseph Craig, 25, has been charged with kidnapping, rape, forcible sexual offense and assault in the case. His wife, Joy Johnson, 30, has been charged with aiding and abetting. Both were being held Wednesday in the Durham...
  • Another Democratic official charged in satanist sex crimes

    07/02/2008 12:21:32 PM PDT · by CondorFlight · 46 replies · 996+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | July 2, 2008 | Ray Gronberg
    Another Democratic official charged in satanist sex crimes By Ray Gronberg : The Herald-Sun DURHAM -- Police say they've arrested and charged a third person in connection with an ongoing rape and kidnapping investigation. Diana Palmer, 44, is charged with being an accessory after the fact, Durham Police Department spokeswoman Kammie Michael said Wednesday afternoon. Palmer is first vice chairwoman of the Durham County Democratic Party. Her arrest came five days after police arrested the party's third vice chairwoman, Joy Johnson, 30, and Johnson's husband, Joseph Scott Craig, 25. Craig faces three counts of second-degree kidnapping, one count of second-degree...
  • Proud Pagan Witch Backs Obama’s Poverty Bill

    06/26/2008 5:25:45 AM PDT · by captjanaway · 9 replies · 157+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | June 26, 2008 | Cliff Kincaid
    While Sen. Barack Obama struggles to keep the public in the dark about the nature of his pro-UN Global Poverty Act, a recent "Bay Area Interfaith Leaders' Luncheon" was held to lobby for Senate passage of the bill, whose cost has been estimated at $845 billion. An actual witch who spoke at a "Pagan Pride" festival in San Francisco was one of the listed participants. The witch, known as the "Elder Donald Frew" of the "Wiccan Community," was interviewed by the Reverend Don Lewis of "Witch School International" for a "reality" show called "Magick TV" and is shown talking about...
  • 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,...
  • Wiccan is new state prison chaplain

    12/06/2001 6:01:55 AM PST · by gdani · 254 replies · 983+ views
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 12/6/01 | Nahal Toosi
    Wiccan is new state prison chaplain Some a bit bothered by hiring of Rev. Witch By NAHAL TOOSI of the Journal Sentinel staff Last Updated: Dec. 5, 2001 The new chaplain at Waupun Correctional Institution is a Wiccan. And a Witch. The Rev. Jamyi Witch, who has voluntarily ministered to Wisconsin inmates for at least two years, began her new full-time position at the maximum security facility this week. She is believed to be the first Wiccan chaplain in Wisconsin and one of only a handful nationwide. Department of Corrections officials on Wednesday defended the hire, saying Witch met 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...
  • Lottery winner credits New Age book store

    09/03/2007 8:20:55 AM PDT · by Westlander · 7 replies · 593+ views
    The Associated Press ^ | Sept 2, 2007 | The Associated Press
    Elwood “Bunky” Bartlett says a New Age book store made it possible for him to become an overnight multimillionaire. Bartlett, an accountant from Dundalk, said he made a bargain with the multiple gods associated with his Wiccan beliefs: “You let me win the lottery and I’ll teach.”
  • Bush Apologizes to Wiccan Widow

    09/02/2007 1:34:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 278 replies · 6,212+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept 2, 2007 | UPI
    Bush apologizes to Wiccan widow Published: Sept 2, 2007 at 10:16 AM WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush apologized to a Nevada Wiccan who was left out of a presidential meeting with relatives of soldiers killed in combat. Rebecca Stewart, who sued to have the Wiccan symbol placed on her husband’s grave marker in a military cemetery, told The Washington Post the president called her to apologize. She said she explained to Bush the faith she and her husband shared. Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Stewart said she heard about the private meeting...
  • 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,...
  • Military Widows Sue to Get Wiccan Symbol on Headstones

    11/13/2006 12:14:33 PM PST · by Tulsa Ramjet · 168 replies · 4,363+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | Monday, November 13, 2006 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The widows of two combat veterans sued the government Monday for not allowing Wiccan symbols on their husbands' military headstones. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allows military families to choose any of 38 authorized headstone images. The list includes commonly recognized symbols for Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Judaism, as well as those for smaller religions such as Sufism Reoriented, Eckiankar and the Japanese faith Seicho-No-Ie. The Wiccan pentacle, a five-pointed star surrounded by a circle, is not on the list, an omission that the widows say is unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed by Roberta Stewart, whose husband,...
  • Salem Woman Says Witches Have Rights (Wants to Make it Crime to Say Witches Ugly)

    10/31/2006 3:31:47 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 59 replies · 1,169+ views
    Reuters and AOL News ^ | 31 Oct 06 | Jason Szep
    SALEM, Massachusetts (Oct. 31) - She brews potions, wears flowing black caftans and says she can speak with the dead and cast spells with a gentle wave of a wand. Laurie Cabot is a proud witch , and she's fighting for her civil rights. At age 73, the official witch of Salem says her craft is stronger than ever, as she sits in an overstuffed chair behind a pink table where she does psychic readings -- and where, she says, spirits of the dead often "pop through." "I can't see them with my eyes, I just know they are there,"...
  • 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...
  • ARE WE BLIND? (It’s all fun and games until they zot your eye out)

    08/19/2006 8:54:00 AM PDT · by AmericanDragon · 90 replies · 1,963+ views
    Call any Tech Support line, or your bank for that matter. Do you get a fellow American on the other end? Or do you get someone in India that can't help you and just gives you the run around because they don't know any better (which doesn't matter because you can't understand them anyway!). This is not only happening in the Call Center field, but in Technology, Animation and other Media and so forth. This takes away millions of jobs from Americans and at the same time, we have millions of people coming from India who are getting grants to...
  • Fallen Soldier Gets a Bronze Star but No Pagan Star

    07/05/2006 9:25:34 AM PDT · by Between the Lines · 330 replies · 5,580+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 4, 2006 | Alan Cooperman
    At the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in the small town of Fernley, Nev., there is a wall of brass plaques for local heroes. But one space is blank. There is no memorial for Sgt. Patrick D. Stewart. That's because Stewart was a Wiccan, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has refused to allow a symbol of the Wicca religion -- a five-pointed star within a circle, called a pentacle -- to be inscribed on U.S. military memorials or grave markers.
  • Wiccan War Widow Holds Own Ceremony; Protests Official Memorial Service

    05/30/2006 12:53:17 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 128 replies · 2,191+ views
    Madison.com via AP Wire ^ | May 30, 2006 | Tom Gardener
    FERNLEY, NV - A war widow who wants the government to put a Wiccan religious symbol on her husband's memorial plaque held an alternative service Monday as a protest, hours before an official Memorial Day ceremony nearby. "This is discrimination against our religion," Roberta Stewart said at the gathering of about 200 at a park east of Fernley for her late husband, Sgt. Patrick Stewart. "I ask you to help us remember that all freedoms are worth fighting for." A few hours later and a few miles away in this pastoral community east of Reno, official Memorial Day ceremonies were...
  • For Wiccan Nev. Soldier, Death Brings Fight

    05/25/2006 4:25:56 PM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies · 551+ views
    AP ^ | 5/25/6 | SCOTT SONNER
    Reno, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada officials are pressing the Department of Veteran Affairs to allow the family of a soldier killed in Afghanistan to place a Wiccan symbol on his headstone. Federal officials so far have refused to grant the requests of the family of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, 34, who was killed in Afghanistan last September when the Nevada Army National Guard helicopter he was in was shot down. "Every veteran and military member deserves recognition for their contributions to our country," said Tim Tetz, executive director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services. The state's top veterans official said...
  • [Vanity] Does this stuff belong in an 8th Grade Science Textbook? You tell me.

    12/01/2005 11:27:55 AM PST · by Spiff · 263 replies · 5,887+ views
    Spiff | 21/1/2005 | Spiff
    I know that this may be a long read, there's a lot of content here, but I think that many FReepers will find the information here interesting and disturbing. I will appreciate any help I can get with this situation. My wife and I have been homeschooling our children since they started schooling. We have 5th, 6th, and 8th graders. Recently, we made the tough decision to enroll them in a local Charter School. In Arizona, a Charter School is a privately run, smaller, more focused public school. It provides parents with school choice and some competition between the schools....
  • Toronto School Board Warns Against Offending Wiccans at Halloween

    10/29/2005 6:14:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies · 1,227+ views
    LifeSite ^ | October 28, 2005
    Toronto School Board Warns Against Offending Wiccans at Halloween Calls Halloween “religious day of significance for Wiccans” which “should be treated respectfully” TORONTO, October 28, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Toronto School Board warned its schools that Halloween as it is traditionally celebrated may offend Wiccans, even suggesting that to a Wiccan unuse to the event, it might be experienced as a “traumatic shock.”In a memo to teachers and principals, the board claimed, “Many recently arrived students in our schools share absolutely none of the background cultural knowledge that is necessary to view ‘trick or treating,’ the commercialization of death, the...
  • Man accused of killing wife wants no mention of his 'sexual habits' at trial

    10/27/2005 10:39:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 21 replies · 1,097+ views
    Court TV ^ | 10/27/5 | Emanuella Grinberg
    Wiccan beliefs and sexual preferences will take center stage in the trial of a North Carolina man accused of killing his wife, unless the defendant has his way before the start of his trial on Halloween. ADVERTISEMENT Earlier this week, Robert James Petrick asked a Durham County Superior Court judge to keep all references to his neo-pagan religion and "sexual habits" out of his first-degree murder trial for the death of his wife, Janine Sutphen, a cellist with the Durham Symphony Orchestra, in January 2003. Judge Orlando Hudson is expected to rule on the motions before jury selection begins Monday...
  • Town Will Pay Lawyer Fees Of Wiccan Woman Who Sued

    10/21/2005 9:20:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 790+ views
    WSOCTV.com ^ | 10/20/05 | AP
    GREAT FALLS, S.C. -- The town of Great Falls plans to comply with an order to pay the lawyer of a Wiccan priestess who successfully sued the town over mentioning Jesus Christ's name in council prayers. The town will not appeal a court order to pay Darla Wynne's lawyer, Herbert Buhl, about $53,000. But town attorney Michael Hemlepp said officials aren't sure where they'll get the money. Hemlepp said the town can't simply afford to write a check. The town's annual budget is $870,000. Buhl said he's given the town an extension to pay without a specific deadline. But he...
  • Witch gets 'burned' by Supreme Court

    10/12/2005 5:49:22 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 18 replies · 391+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/11/05 | Joe Kovacs
    A practicing witch who sought to have her prayers heard at government meetings in a Richmond, Va., suburb had no magic before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices rejected an appeal by Cyndi Simpson, a Wiccan priestess and member of the Broom Riders Association, who wanted to offer a generalized prayer to the "creator of the universe" in Chesterfield County, Va. "I wasn't going to talk about the goddess," Simpson said previous to today's decision. "I was going to call the elements, maybe offer up an invocation to the highest being."
  • Witch gets 'burned' by Supreme Court (Wiccan priestess angry that Christians favored)

    10/11/2005 5:23:40 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 124 replies · 2,380+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 10/11/05 | Joe Kovacs
    A practicing witch who sought to have her prayers heard at government meetings in a Richmond, Va., suburb had no magic before the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices rejected an appeal by Cyndi Simpson, a Wiccan priestess and member of the Broom Riders Association, who wanted to offer a generalized prayer to the "creator of the universe" in Chesterfield County, Va. "I wasn't going to talk about the goddess," Simpson said previous to today's decision. "I was going to call the elements, maybe offer up an invocation to the highest being." Simpson had argued that Christians and members of other faiths...
  • Dutch Witches May Deduct Training Costs Against Tax

    09/28/2005 6:30:45 AM PDT · by NativeNewYorker · 4 replies · 521+ views
    upi via email no link | 9/28/05
    Dutch witches may deduct the cost of their training in spells, magic potions and healing against tax, a court in the Netherlands ruled. The court, in the city of Leeuwaarden, confirmed a ruling by tax authorities that a woman's costs related to her 366-day course to become a certified witch are tax deductible, according to the Web site of the court, which made its ruling on Sept. 26. The unidentified woman, who works as an entertainer and an actress, trained in the town of Appelscha, intending to teach witchcraft, according to the court. The course includes instruction in magic spells,...
  • ACLU backs Wiccan suit

    08/10/2005 8:46:40 PM PDT · by BigFinn · 27 replies · 665+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | August 10, 2005 | By Dionne Walker
    RICHMOND -- Civil liberties lawyers have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Wiccan priestess to offer prayers before a public board's meetings. Cynthia Simpson was turned down in 2002 when she asked the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to add her name to the list of people who customarily open the board's meetings with a religious invocation. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the suburban Richmond county. In their petition, received by the court yesterday, American Civil Liberties Union lawyers accuse the federal appeals court of trying to "obscure with legal smoke and mirrors" Chesterfield's...
  • ACLU backs Wiccan suit

    08/10/2005 11:25:50 AM PDT · by JZelle · 209 replies · 2,999+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 8-10-05 | Dionne Walker
    RICHMOND -- Civil liberties lawyers have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court to allow a Wiccan priestess to offer prayers before a public board's meetings. Cynthia Simpson was turned down in 2002 when she asked the Chesterfield Board of Supervisors to add her name to the list of people who customarily open the board's meetings with a religious invocation. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the suburban Richmond county. In their petition, received by the court yesterday, American Civil Liberties Union lawyers accuse the federal appeals court of trying to "obscure with legal smoke and mirrors" Chesterfield's...
  • Supreme Court asked to hear witch case

    08/09/2005 6:45:50 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 321 replies · 2,139+ views
    The American Civil Liberties Union has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a decision that allows the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors to exclude a local witch from leading the prayer at open meetings. The ACLU of Virginia yesterday filed its petition with the court seeking to reverse a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, said ACLU attorney Rebecca K. Glenberg. "Our position is that the 4th Circuit did something really extreme in its decision," she said. "It held that it was acceptable for a government body to treat people differently because of religion." Cynthia Simpson, a witch who...
  • Harry Potter and the Paganization of Children's Culture

    03/10/2005 9:55:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 270 replies · 4,174+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | April, 2001 | Michael D. O'Brien
    Harry Potter and the Paganization of Children's Culture The realm of human imagination is a God-given gift, a faculty of the mind that is intended to expand our understanding by enabling us to visualize invisible truths. In the modern era this zone of man's interior life has moved to the forefront of his experience. With the advent of film, television, and now the near-virtual reality of special-effects videos and other electronic entertainment, the screen of the imagination is stimulated to a degree (both in quantity and in kind) more than at any other period in history. This has prompted a...
  • WITCHCRAFT NOT WELCOME County Can Ban Wiccan From Giving Invocation [ACLU alert]

    04/29/2005 8:31:44 AM PDT · by Brilliant · 59 replies · 1,141+ views
    ABA ^ | April 29, 2005 | TERRY CARTER
    The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled a Virginia county can refuse to let a witch give the invocation at its meetings by limiting the privilege to clergy representing Judeo-Christian monotheism. Lawyers for Wiccan practitioner Cynthia Simpson planned to file a motion this week asking the full court, based in Richmond, Va., to review the three-judge panel’s decision. While the U.S. Supreme Court has limited government entanglement with religion in the past, the 4th Circuit’s decision relies heavily on a case in which the high court carved out separate and broader boundaries and guidelines for prayer at legislative...
  • Boy is suspended from school for wearing lipstick and eye makeup

    04/15/2005 11:21:50 AM PDT · by meandog · 69 replies · 1,932+ views
    The Daily Bulletin ^ | April 12, 2005 | By Irma Lemus, Staff Writer
    Boy suspended from school for wearing makeup and lipstick By Irma Lemus, Staff Writer SAN BERNARDINO - In what is shaping as a battle between conformity and self-expression, Pacific High School has suspended a ninth-grade boy for wearing lipstick and eye makeup. Officials are calling it a violation of school policy, which they seemed unable to find in writing... James Herndon, 16, repeating his second year at the school, and his mother, Valerie Wallace, say James has been wearing black lipstick and red eye makeup the entire time he has been enrolled at Pacific. He also wears his hair in...
  • Appeals court rules against Wiccan in Va.

    04/14/2005 8:24:25 PM PDT · by SmithL · 56 replies · 779+ views
    AP ^ | 4/14/5 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    RICHMOND, Va. - A federal appeals court Thursday ruled against a Wiccan priestess who argued she should be eligible to offer the opening prayer at a county meeting. Cynthia Simpson sued Chesterfield County after she was excluded from a list of religious leaders allowed to pray at the Board of Supervisors' meetings. In a letter to Simpson, the county explained the invocations "are traditionally made to a divinity that is consistent with the Judeo-Christian tradition." Wiccans consider themselves witches, pagans or neo-pagans, and say their religion is based on respect for the earth, nature and the cycle of the seasons....
  • Wiccan boy booted for wearing lipstick (MUST SEE THE PIC)

    04/14/2005 12:23:55 PM PDT · by Nice50BMG · 254 replies · 8,467+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 14, 2005 | WorldNetDaily
    Wiccan boy booted for wearing lipstick Student claiming discrimination, violation of free-expression right Posted: April 14, 20052:53 p.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com James Herndon, a practicing Wiccan, plans to return to class with makeup, (photo: San Bernadino Sun) A California high-school student who practices Wiccan beliefs says his rights have been violated after being suspended this week for wearing lipstick and makeup. "If I can't wear makeup, then the girls or the staff can't wear makeup either," 16-year-old James Herndon told the San Bernadino Sun, believing his constitutional right to free expression is being violated. He says the cosmetics help him express...
  • SoCal student claims he was suspended for wearing makeup (Mom's a Wiccan priestess)

    04/13/2005 9:53:17 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies · 775+ views
    SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) - A ninth-grade student has accused officials at a Southern California high school of discrimination for suspending him for wearing lipstick and eye makeup. James Herndon, 16, said the five-day suspension imposed Monday by administrators at San Bernardino's Pacific High School was unfair because females are allowed to wear cosmetics on campus. "If I can't wear makeup," he said, "then the girls or the staff can't wear makeup either." Herndon says his black lipstick and red eye makeup express the Wiccan religious beliefs he shares with his mother, a priestess in the neo-pagan faith. The suspension...