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Pagan Community Notes: Wiccan professor files religious discrimination suit, new publishing company announced, and more!

Pagan Community Notes: Wiccan professor files religious discrimination suit, new publishing company announced, and more!

ALLEGANY, N.Y. – On Might 28, Pauline Hoffmann, Ph.D filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Courtroom within the Western District of New York alleging spiritual and gender discrimination costs towards Saint Bonaventure College.

Hoffmann alleges that she was handed over for the place of provost, and compelled to resign as dean of the Jandoli Faculty of Communication as a result of her spiritual apply as a Wiccan. The college assigned each provost and dean positions to male professors.

In a number of information reviews, Hoffman said that the problems with the college started after she agreed to offer an interview to the scholar tv station to debate Wicca in October 2011. She states that she suggested her boss of her intent to speak about Wicca and her follow of the faith previous to doing the interview.

It was shortly after that then-Provost Michael Fischer requested Hoffmann to signal a doc, “vowing to uphold Catholic values,” in accordance with the grievance.

Hoffman allegedly responded by asking, “If I have been Jewish would I’ve to signal this?”

Fischer reportedly replied, in accordance with the grievance, “When you have been Jewish, then I assume not.”

In a separate incident, Fischer allegedly advised Hoffman that she “won’t need to be so overt about being a witch” if she needed “to maneuver up.”

Different examples cited of potential discrimination embrace the then-president of St. Bonaventure, Sister Margaret Carney telling Hoffman, “[I] took an enormous probability hiring you as a Wiccan.” Later, a colleague allegedly informed her that “Sister Margaret actually has it in for you.”

Previous to submitting her lawsuit towards the college, Hoffmann had additionally filed a grievance in February with the Equal Employment Alternative Fee (EEOC). She opted to proceed with authorized motion after exhausting the choices provided by the EEOC. The Fee offered Hoffmann with what is called a “Proper to Sue” letter.

Hoffmann, who has been a working towards Wiccan for about 20 years, is looking for in her lawsuit compensation for lack of revenue, medical payments from remedy,  and damages for ache and struggling. She additionally needs to be reinstated in her place as dean.

The college has provided no remark past the chief communications officer, Tom Missel stating, “Since that is each a personnel and authorized matter, it’s not our coverage or applicable for the college to touch upon the case.”

The attorneys Lindy Korn and Richard J. Perry representing Hoffmann and specializing in discrimination instances stated the variety of instances they’ve taken on have doubled. In response to the statistics revealed by the N.Y. Division of Human Rights there was a rise of seven% within the variety of complaints filed in 2017-2018, over 6300, and 84% of these complaints have been employment complaints.

Between 2010 and 2017 over one million instances of discrimination complaints have been filed with the EEOC. Of these instances, 82% of complainants acquired no compensation. Over all, spiritual discrimination complaints have been on the rise since late 2001 after the September 11 terror assaults on the World Commerce Middle Twin Towers. Nearly all of discrimination instances have concerned those that are Muslim.

TWH will proceed to comply with this story, and report any new developments.


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[courtesy – T. Kail]

TWH – Authors Tony Kail and Jack Montgomery introduced on Fb the formation of a brand new publishing firm. John the Conqueror Publishing is an unbiased press devoted to the preservation of the tradition, folklore and historical past of American people traditions.

The primary e-book scheduled for launch from the newly minted press is “The Artwork of Conjure: Curios and Curiosities of Southern Hoodoo Tradition.” The discharge is about for July 20, 2019 through the Mystic South Convention in Atlanta Georgia.

“The Artwork of Conjure: Curios and Curiosities of Southern Hoodoo Tradition” options never-before seen full-color pictures of Hoodoo curios manufactured within the Mid-South. The e-book focuses on the historical past and pictures of early curio producers and the position that they performed in Southern Hoodoo tradition. It incorporates classic ads of oils, powders and herbs from legendary corporations like Curio Merchandise, Keystone Laboratories and Fortunate Coronary heart Cosmetics are featured, together with colour pictures of catalogs, advertisements, and curio labels.

In response to the various constructive feedback Tony Kail posted, “Thanks everybody on your type feedback and enthusiasm. We’re humbled and appreciative. It’s our aim to proceed to honor those that have untold tales and for example the affect that these traditions had and proceed to have on the survival and spirit of humanity.”

Kail and Montgomery have introduced quite a lot of workshops and lectures on Hoodoo traditions within the south, as properly being the curators of the touring West Tennessee Museum of Southern Hoodoo.

They describe the museum as “a touring exhibition of ethnographic and historic artifacts preserving and presenting the cultural historical past of hoodoo and people practices within the Memphis and Mississippi Delta area. The gathering chronicles the arrival of Africans to the Mid-South and the survival of African spiritual and people cultures amidst slavery and segregation.”

And that it’s “devoted to telling the story of hoodoo as a survival of African conventional cultures. The sharing of this story is to protect, share and ensure these conventional methods are recognized to a brand new era. The ‘misplaced’ historical past of the tradition and heritage of hoodoo within the Mid-South is a narrative that have to be informed.”

They describe the aim  of the museum as being “to gather oral histories, pictures, folklore, memorabilia, and to protect artifacts associated to the historical past and story of the hoodoo tradition in Memphis and all through the Mississippi Delta.” And to “dispel myths associated to African diaspora tradition and to convey consideration to the essential position that hoodoo tradition performed within the lives of practitioners within the Southern United States.”

In different information:

  • Venezuelan-born journalist David Placer launched a brand new ebook, “El dictador y sus demonios: La secta de Nicolás Maduro que secuestró a Venezuela” (The Dictator and His Demons: The Maduro Sect that Kidnapped Venezuela) that discusses using Witchcraft by these in energy. Placer claims that Nicolas Maduro was influenced by late Indian religious guru Sathya Sai Baba and that almost all current presidents of Venezuela have been adherents of witchcraft. Placer says that each Venezuelan president since 1958, aside from Rafael Caldera, has used black magic, and employed using brujos to inform the longer term, warn them of conspiracies and different risks, and crush their rivals and enemies. Placer who presently lives in Madrid, Spain is within the U.S. selling his e-book and giving lectures. 
  • Dameon Dean Cantrell, 38, was arrested simply north of Tampa, Florida in Pasco county after getting into a Walmart retailer and pouring salt on the ground. He allegedly informed authorities that it was to rid the place of evil spirits. Cantrell is homeless and was discovered by police mendacity underneath some timber in a wooded space close to the shop.
  • Police in Bryan, Texas are looking for a lady who claimed to be bruja and has allegedly scammed members of the group out of hundreds of dollars. In accordance with investigators, the lady learn playing cards and carried out “healings” as a method to achieve shopper’s belief, after which would carry out a trick the place she would double the cash by reworking one greenback into two. She allegedly informed one sufferer and his household to gather as a lot cash as they might and she or he would pray over it and make it multiply. He took her over $30,000 to “double.” When he returned to gather his cash, the constructing she had been working out of was vacant and calls to the quantity for her went unanswered.
  • A home in St Osyth, England that allegedly is among the most infamous and haunted locations in Britain is available on the market once more. The home referred to as “The Cage” is claimed to have been a 16th Century jail to these  accused of being witches and awaiting trial. Vanessa Mitchell, the present proprietor of the home purchased it in 2004, and has tried two earlier occasions since 2008 to promote the property. She claimed that she was attacked by malevolent spirits in 2008 and will not reside in the home. She moved into one other residence within the close by village. The property is widespread with paranormal investigators and has been featured on quite a lot of exhibits.  It has additionally been the topic of a docu-drama and a e-book. The asking worth for the property this time is £260,000 (~US$329,888).
  • On-line registration for Thor’s Oak Kindred staff  within the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race towards Hate closes tomorrow. The 5/10okay Run Stroll sponsored by the YWCA, memorializes the occasions of June 16, 1999 when Ricky Byrdsong, a Northwestern basketball coach was murdered in Evanston, Illinois by a white supremacist whereas strolling in his neighborhood together with his younger youngsters. On the identical day, the shooter wounded six Orthodox Jews. Over the next weekend, he killed a Korean-American graduate scholar and wounded an African-American minister earlier than taking his personal life.
  • Final week Urglaawe Heathen denomination held its Observance of the Desecrated Shrines. The ritual listed as pan-Pagan and open to all individuals who wished “to honor of these deities whose shrines have been destroyed, broken, and disrespected by way of the actions of missionaries and zealots. The lore of many of those deities was misplaced within the persecution of those that held to the previous methods, and there could also be many extra deities who at the moment are utterly unknown to us.”

Tarot of the week by Star Bustamonte

Deck: The Spiral Tarot  by Kay Stevensson, revealed by U.S. Video games Techniques, Inc.

Card: 4 (four) of Swords

The week forward might name for taking a step again to be able to consider proposed selections or modifications. Permit for enough restoration time from challenges to well being or different conditions which have confirmed troublesome. Selections made in haste or pushing forward too shortly are more likely to produce undesirable outcomes.


Decks generously offered by Asheville Raven & Crone

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