A Scottish Tale
Long, long ago a drover courted and married the Miller of Cuthilldorie’s only daughter. The drover learned how to grind the corn, and so he set up with his young wife as the Miller of Cuthilldorie when the old miller died. They did not have very much money to begin with, but . . . → Read More: Maiden Fair and the Fountain Fairy
by Emily Alexandra
I am a Christian Wiccan. Perhaps Wiccan with Christian leanings is a better description; I’m not really sure. All I know is that my spiritual path is an unusual one. Actually, I firmly believe that my path is not so unusual, or, at least, that it won’t be seen as so odd . . . → Read More: Christian Wicca
The reported death in Ozalla, Edo State, of 27 people in a witch-hunt should be a matter of grave concern to Nigerians and law enforcement agencies.
The 27 casualties were among those singled out by the community as witches and wizards. The unfortunate lot were accused of being the diabolical forces behind the multiple misfortunes . . . → Read More: Witch-Hunting in Edo
In these final frantic weeks before Christmas, it is not uncommon for moods to darken a bit as the list of things to do before the holiday stretches out somewhere past Groundhog Day. But the season is supposed to be about brightening spirits, so what’s a retail-weary soul to do?
The ancient pagan festival of . . . → Read More: Sol Invictis: A Celebration Of Light
By Jon Hurdle
A lesbian Methodist pastor was removed from the role yesterday after an ecclesiastical court found her guilty of violating a church law that bars its clergy from being practising homosexuals. A jury of 13 clergy from the United Methodist Church voted 12-1 that Irene Elizabeth Stroud had violated the church’s Book of . . . → Read More: Church abandons lesbian minister
By Donn M. Fresard
A little more than a year after the University defended its admissions policies in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, another court battle may be on the horizon “” this time regarding the University’s right to grant same-sex benefits to its employees.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm decided Wednesday to pull same-sex partner . . . → Read More: Same-sex benefits could lead to suit
By Kathy Hatfield
Colorado weather can be so mild in December that it’s hard to tell if winter really is coming. But leaves changing color, elk bugling in the mountains and birds flying south are all signs that cold weather is on the way. One sure-fire way to tell winter is coming to the Northern . . . → Read More: Solstice: The sun stands still
Canadian cigarettes will be designed to go out when left untended under new regulations proposed by Federal Health Minister Ujjal Dosanjh. The so-called “reduced ignition propensity” cigarette has been promoted as a way of reducing the thousands of fires caused by untended lit cigarettes every year.
Tobacco manufacturers oppose the regulations, saying smokers would rather . . . → Read More: Ottawa fires up self-butt smokes
The story begins with a priestly family, the Hasmoneans, who revolted against the Syrian branch of Alexander’s empire because their king, Antiochus Epiphanes, decreed that Judaism be rooted out.
The Hasmoneans, also known as the Maccabees, fought against Antiochus’ efforts to institute pagan rituals and sacrifices in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. Chanukah celebrates . . . → Read More: The Festival Of Lights
By John Agar
A female teacher accused of sexually assaulting a former student, a 14-year-old girl, had developed such a trusting relationship that the two “married” in a pagan ritual, state police said Thursday. “They also participated in witchcraft together,” Detective Sgt. Dianne Oppenheim said.
Elizabeth Miklosovic, 36, who lives in Grand Rapids and . . . → Read More: Female teacher ‘wed’ girl, 14, in pagan ritual