Jan Phillips article The Craft of the Wise tells of how she came to
learn of one of her ancestors who was hung during the Salem Witch Hunts. This
lit an interest in her mind to further research the subject of Wicca, the craft
of the wise. By consulting many books about witchcraft, she learned that Wicca
is more of a nature and imagination based religion than the spellcasting voodoo
practicing stereotype it has been made out to be in the past. Through her
research, she finds out that Wicca and Paganism have become the fastest growing
religions in the United States. She then goes on to tell the differences
between magic and the supernatural. She closes by stating that we should try to
see ourselves in other people instead of focusing in on our differences.
The second article I found concerning Wicca emphasizes Jan Phillips that
despite peoples personal preferences we are all human beings. The article Do
You Believe In Magic tells the plight of two practicing witches, the Riley's,
who chose to open a pagan shop in a predominantly Christian town. Due to
differences in religious views, their land lord refused to renew their lease.
Many townspeople, including several town ministers, publicly voiced their
objections to the couples business venture. The Riley's gathered fellow Pagans
from surrounding areas and marched down the towns main street publicly
displaying their beliefs. People began to compare this incident to the Salem
Witch Hunts. Just as Jan Phillips ancestor was tortured because of she
allegedly chose to practice her beliefs, so were the Riley's for choosing to go
public with their beliefs.
The third article I read was about an average American woman who is also
a High Priestess of a Boston area coven. She tells of how traditional
Protestant beliefs were not for her, and how Wicca seemed to fit her ideals
better. Like the Riley's, she too has been the victim to discriminations due to
her religious choice. Ms. Ralph, the witch... [continues]
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