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School board approves Pagan/Wiccan holidays

By Kris Bradley

This morning, the New Jersey Board of Education voted to approve their list of religious holidays permitting pupil absence from school for the 2010-2011 school year. Included for the first time on this list are the eight Pagan/Wiccan holidays, or sabbats. This marks the first time any state has approved Pagan holidays . . . → Read More: School board approves Pagan/Wiccan holidays

Freedom FROM Religion

by Diana Goods

Re: Funding faith-based colleges (March 10).

Once again, as in the Youth For Christ proposal, the Free Press has come out in favour of public money supporting religious institutions. I recognize that our government has a history of providing funding to faith-based schools, but this is the direction we should be moving . . . → Read More: Freedom FROM Religion

What is Wicca?

With all the debate over a Wiccan altar being built at Guthrie Center High School, one question often heard in town is, “What is Wicca?”

The Times does not purport to be an expert on religions, but here is a basic guide to Wicca obtained from online encyclopedias and Wiccan websites. Wicca is a . . . → Read More: What is Wicca?

Newest chaplain is a pagan priestess

By Glenn Coin

The first pagan chaplain at Syracuse University has a sense of humor about the misperceptions of her faith. “We don’t do animal sacrifices,” Mary Hudson said, with a slight laugh. “We’re not going to steal your babies and make candles out of them. “And godless? Absolutely not. We have more gods . . . → Read More: Newest chaplain is a pagan priestess

Let people have their religious views

by Jamie Henson

Being of the Wiccan faith, I was offended when I read a teacher would not allow a student to build a Wiccan altar in shop class – especially since Wicca is a recognized religion in the United States.

It’s a simple matter of fear of the unknown. Wicca is not devil worship. . . . → Read More: Let people have their religious views

Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin

Home-school mom Susan Mule wishes she hadn’t taken a friend’s advice and tried a textbook from a popular Christian publisher for her 10-year-old’s biology lessons.

Mule’s precocious daughter Elizabeth excels at science and has been studying tarantulas since she was 5. But she watched Elizabeth’s excitement turn to confusion when they reached the evolution section . . . → Read More: Top home-school texts dismiss Darwin

Suspended teacher defends actions about Wiccan Altar

By LEE ROOD

A Guthrie Center teacher this week received a five-day unpaid suspension for insubordination for not allowing a student to build a Wiccan altar in his shop class – discipline he said he still doesn’t agree with.

Dale Halferty, who has taught industrial arts at Guthrie Center High School for three years, . . . → Read More: Suspended teacher defends actions about Wiccan Altar

No Wiccan altars in shop class

A high school senior’s desire to build a Wiccan altar in shop class has forced a community debate about free expression.

Dale Halferty, who has taught industrial arts at Guthrie Center High School for three years, was placed on paid leave Monday after he acknowledged to district officials that he told the student he could . . . → Read More: No Wiccan altars in shop class

Paganism met with mixed feelings

By Rebecca Kheel

When Mary Hudson helped form Student Pagan Information Relations and Learning nine years ago, she remembers, passersby would snicker and stare as the group performed rituals on the Quad. She said today students are more likely to quietly walk by and respect the ceremony. “This last fall, Samhain, which is one of . . . → Read More: Paganism met with mixed feelings

Pursuing your inner Witch

by Pam Gould

Wondering if you have what it takes to be a witch? Always been intrigued by Pagan and Shamanic rituals? Well, now is your chance.

West Marin’s most well-known Shamanic priestess and witch Cerridwen Fallingstar, is accepting interested applicants for her one-year Shamanic Apprenticeship program “A Year and a Day”– which will . . . → Read More: Pursuing your inner Witch