Pagan Stone Circle Destroyed: Hate Crime or Mere Vandalism?

Yesterday several British papers reported that a stone circle on Trinity Saint David University grounds in South Wales was damaged "beyond repair." The circle had been used for years by the university's Pagan Society, who called the destruction "heart-breaking". The question now: Was it a religiously motivated attack, or simple vandalism? According to the BBC, University officials are not treating this as a hate crime.Cen Powell, executive head of estates and facilities at University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, said: "We are aware of the situation regarding the damage caused to the site and are working with the Students' Union to assess our options. [...] "There is no reason to b … [Read more...]

Pagan War Widow’s Truck Vandalized, and other Pagan News of Note

Top Story: A local Nevada television station is reporting that Roberta Stewart, widow of Sgt. Patrick Stewart, had her truck vandalized. The Stewart's were at the heart of a campaign to grant Wiccan soldiers the right to have the pentacle engraved on their military tombstone or marker after ten years of stonewalling by the VA. While the act is attributed to local vandals, the report does explore the possibility that the brick thrown at her truck was connected to anti-Pagan sentiment. But there's another more remote, but more disturbing possibility: Roberta Stewart's very public dispute with the Veteran's Administration following her husband's death. Although the Army recognized Patrick Ste … [Read more...]