APPALACHIAN PAGAN ALLAINCE OCT. 2002 newsletter Editress; Ginger Strivelli The APA's Witchlings Circle group performed at the interfaith "Celebration of Children" with Notre Dame de l'Herbe Mouillee's kids groups the Young Elders, this month. Many of us also attended events for the 3rd annual Earth Religions Awareness week. We have discussed possibly offering to host the opening prayer breakfast of next year's week. FROM THOMAS' DESK: I wanted to assure you & everybody else on the list that I'm doing much better (still fantasizing about Paula in a spaghetti-strap bikini); I still get tired fairly quickly and have to take it easy most of the time, but am not in any pain whatsoever. Patsy won't let me do much more than ride herd on the T.V.and my new computer for the most part of the day, but I do manage to "sneak out" every now & then for a quick trip to OfficeMax or the mall.............plus was at Pagans' Night Out for a couple of hours last night with no problem. Just for the sake of information, since I was originally admitted to Mission, I have managed to lose around 60 pounds and have lost 4 pants sizes in the process..........in other words, I ain't exactly a little fat man anymore (maybe a Giant Elf???), but am otherwise my sweet, loveable, huggable, cuddly & modest self. Brightest Blessings, Lot of Hugs and Mo' Mead, Thomas (a.k.a. Kerrwynn Pendragon) FROM OUR BOOK OF SHADOWS: Quotes from the founding fathers of Lady Liberty's America. "[When] the [Virginia] bill for establishing religious freedom... was finally passed,... a singular proposition proved that its protection of opinion was meant to be universal. Where the preamble declares that coercion is a departure from the plan of the holy author of our religion, an amendment was proposed, by inserting the word "Jesus Christ," so that it should read "a departure from the plan of Jesus Christ, the holy author of our religion." The insertion was rejected by a great majority, in proof that they meant to comprehend within the mantle of its protection the Jew and the Gentile, the Christian and Mahometan, the Hindoo and infidel of every denomination." -- Thomas Jefferson: Autobiography, 1821. "The government of the United States is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion." GEORGE WASHINGTON Treaty of Tripoli 1796 "Believing that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their Legislature should "make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof," thus building a wall of separation between Church and State." --Thomas Jefferson to Danbury Baptists, 1802. From the US Constitution; The FIRST Amendment! Article I. Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. MERRY MEET THE GODS- Section -U Utta- Mesopotamian Spider Goddess of weaving Usas- Hindu Dawn Goddess Uslo- Siberian God of the Mountains Unumbote- African (western tribes) creator God Ukko- Finnish God of lightning and thunder Utu- Sumerian Sun God Ubertas- Roman God of prosperity Ussnisavijaya- Buddhist Goddess of writing, and prayer. Upulvan- A Hindu avatar of Vishnu worshipped in Sri Lanka, to protect Hindus against missionaries of other faiths.
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