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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 religious and gender discrimination costs towards Saint Bonaventure University.

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

In several information reviews, Hoffman said that the problems with the college began 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 religion prior to doing the interview.

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

Hoffman allegedly responded by asking, “If I were Jewish would I have to sign this?”

Fischer reportedly replied, in accordance with the grievance, “If you were Jewish, then I guess not.”

In a separate incident, Fischer allegedly advised Hoffman that she “might not want to be so overt about being a witch” if she needed “to move up.”

Other examples cited of attainable discrimination embrace the then-president of St. Bonaventure, Sister Margaret Carney telling Hoffman, “[I] took a big chance hiring you as a Wiccan.” Later, a colleague allegedly advised her that “Sister Margaret really has it in for you.”

Prior to submitting her lawsuit towards the college, Hoffmann had additionally filed a grievance in February with the Equal Employment Opportunity Fee (EEOC). She opted to proceed with legal action after exhausting the options provided by the EEOC. The Commission offered Hoffmann with what is called a “Right to Sue” letter.

Hoffmann, who has been a working towards Wiccan for about 20 years, is in search of in her lawsuit compensation for loss of revenue, medical payments from therapy,  and damages for pain and suffering. She additionally needs to be reinstated in her place as dean.

The university has provided no remark past the chief communications officer, Tom Missel stating, “Since this is both a personnel and legal matter, it’s not our policy or appropriate for the university to comment on the case.”

The attorneys Lindy Korn and Richard J. Perry representing Hoffmann and specializing in discrimination instances stated the variety of instances they have taken on have doubled. Based on the statistics revealed by the N.Y. Division of Human Rights there has been an increase of seven% within the number 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, religious discrimination complaints have been on the rise since late 2001 after the September 11 terror attacks 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 announced on Fb the formation of a new publishing company. John the Conqueror Publishing is an unbiased press dedicated to the preservation of the culture, folklore and history of American people traditions.

The primary ebook scheduled for release from the newly minted press is “The Art of Conjure: Curios and Curiosities of Southern Hoodoo Culture.” The release is about for July 20, 2019 in the course of the Mystic South Convention in Atlanta Georgia.

“The Art of Conjure: Curios and Curiosities of Southern Hoodoo Culture” features never-before seen full-color pictures of Hoodoo curios manufactured in the Mid-South. The guide focuses on the history and photographs of early curio producers and the position that they played in Southern Hoodoo tradition. It accommodates classic ads of oils, powders and herbs from legendary corporations like Curio Merchandise, Keystone Laboratories and Fortunate Heart Cosmetics are featured, together with shade pictures of catalogs, advertisements, and curio labels.

In response to the various constructive feedback Tony Kail posted, “Thank you everyone for your kind comments and enthusiasm. We are humbled and appreciative. It is our goal to continue to honor those who have untold stories and to illustrate the influence that these traditions had and continue 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 traveling exhibition of ethnographic and historical artifacts preserving and presenting the cultural history of hoodoo and folk practices in the Memphis and Mississippi Delta region. The collection chronicles the arrival of Africans to the Mid-South and the survival of African religious and folk cultures amidst slavery and segregation.”

And that it’s “dedicated to telling the story of hoodoo as a survival of African traditional cultures. The sharing of this story is to preserve, share and make sure these traditional ways are known to a new generation. The ‘lost’ history of the culture and heritage of hoodoo in the Mid-South is a story that must be told.”

They describe the aim  of the museum as being “to collect oral histories, photographs, folklore, memorabilia, and to preserve artifacts related to the history and story of the hoodoo culture in Memphis and throughout the Mississippi Delta.” And to “dispel myths related to African diaspora culture and to bring attention to the important role that hoodoo culture played in the lives of practitioners in the Southern United States.”

In different news:

  • Venezuelan-born journalist David Placer released a new e-book, “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 those 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 every Venezuelan president since 1958, excluding Rafael Caldera, has used black magic, and employed using brujos to tell the longer term, warn them of conspiracies and other risks, and crush their rivals and enemies. Placer who presently lives in Madrid, Spain is in the U.S. selling his ebook and giving lectures.
  • Dameon Dean Cantrell, 38, was arrested simply north of Tampa, Florida in Pasco county after getting into a Walmart store and pouring salt on the floor. He allegedly advised authorities that it was to rid the place of evil spirits. Cantrell is homeless and was discovered by police lying underneath some timber in a wooded area close to the store.
  • 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. Based on investigators, the lady read cards and performed “healings” as a approach to achieve shopper’s belief, and then would carry out a trick where she would double the cash by reworking one dollar into two. She allegedly informed one sufferer and his household to collect as much money as they might and she would pray over it and make it multiply. He took her over $30,000 to “double.” When he returned to gather his money, the building she had been operating out of was vacant and calls to the number for her went unanswered.
  • A house 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 prison to those  accused of being witches and awaiting trial. Vanessa Mitchell, the current owner of the home purchased it in 2004, and has tried two earlier occasions since 2008 to sell the property. She claimed that she was attacked by malevolent spirits in 2008 and might not reside in the home. She moved into another residence in the close by village. The property is widespread with paranormal investigators and has been featured on a variety 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 group  in the Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race towards Hate closes tomorrow. The 5/10okay Run Stroll sponsored by the YWCA, memorializes the events of June 16, 1999 when Ricky Byrdsong, a Northwestern basketball coach was murdered in Evanston, Illinois by a white supremacist whereas walking in his neighborhood together with his young 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 before taking his personal life.
  • Last 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 those deities whose shrines were destroyed, damaged, and disrespected through the actions of missionaries and zealots. The lore of many of these deities was lost in the persecution of those who held to the old ways, and there may be many more deities who are now completely unknown to us.”

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

Card: Four (four) of Swords

The week ahead might name for taking a step again in an effort to evaluate proposed selections or modifications. Permit for sufficient recovery time from challenges to well being or different conditions which have proven troublesome. Selections made in haste or pushing ahead too shortly are more likely to produce undesirable results.

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