Monday, August 22, 2005

Pagans to hold 'Pride Day'
Followers come out of the closet to gain acceptance
Posted: August 21, 20051:00 a.m. Eastern
© 2005

Following the cues of homosexual activists, pagans in Florida are coming out of the closet to hold Pagan Pride Day.

Pagans in New Port Richey, Fla., say they told the Tampa Tribune they're tired of being labeled as devil worshippers who sacrifice animals under a full moon.

"People think paganism is evil," said Robert Crom, 25, regional coordinator for
Pasco Pagans. "Some people, especially among mainstream religions, feel threatened by us."

Crom's group of 50 members, formed a couple of years ago, was issued a permit Thursday to hold the event at New Port Richey's popular Sims Park next month.

The daylong activities – including music, pagan worship and public education – are expected to draw at least 100 devotees.



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