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Margot Adler has died.

Margot Adler NPR reporter, Wiccan Priestess, and author of "Drawing Down the Moon" died today at the age of 68, after a long battle with cancer.

Her son, Alex Dylan Gliedman-Adler, posted this message on her Facebook page.
Old friends, long time fans, today at 4am Margot breathed easily for the first time in two weeks. Later today, at 10:30am she was pronounced deceased.

Her condition had been getting much worse over the weeks and months and the brain radiation (which she had a treatment of scheduled today, tomorrow, and wednesday) was thought to help her double vision, since it was the cause.

Well, Margot and John both won't be seeing double anymore, but they will be seeing each other for the rest of time.

With much love and difficulty do I write this,

Her son, Alex

Margot Adler, An NPR Journalist For Three Decades, Dies by Eyder Peralta, July 28, 2014

May she be born again to us.
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The Passing of Lady Sintana

Candace H. Lehrman White, 73: Was public face of paganism as Lady Sintana
Rick Badie, Atlanta Journal Constitution September 22, 2010
"In 1975, Mrs. White, aka Lady Sintana, founded Ravenwood Church, the state's first pagan congregation. By 1982, the high priestess had successfully challenged the IRS and Ravenwood became one of the first Pagan congregations in the country to be granted tax-exempt status as a church.

It was significant work, said her husband, David John White, aka Lord Merlin, the Elder High Priest of Ravenwood, now located in Johns Creek.

"Her mission in life was to bring respect and legality to the pagan religion," he said. "She not only won legal battles, but she won over hearts as well. Her main idea was not to convert people but to have some venue where people could learn the truth."

Recently, Candace H. Lehrman White, 73, had resided with her daughter in western North Carolina. She died Sept. 17 from complications of lung cancer. A public memorial will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 2 at Gala Special Events, 3760 Lower Roswell Road, in Marietta."

The House of RavenStone, a Church and Seminary of the Old Religion and a Member of the Ravenwood Tradition
"It is with tremendous sadness and love that we share the passing of
Lady Sintana, Founder and Witch Queen of Ravenwood Church & Seminary of Wicca, Inc.

Without Lady Sintana’s tenacity, vision, and dedication to the Craft, most of us would not enjoy the freedoms of our religion today. Her contributions to Wiccan civil rights cannot be measured. Having been trained by many in the Traditional Craft community including Lord Sariel from the Isle of Man and Lady Circe of the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Wicca in Toledo, OH, Lady Sintana founded Ravenwood Church & Seminary of Wicca, Inc. in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta in the 1970s. Through numerous court battles to win incorporation and recognition for Ravenwood as a 501c3 not for profit church, Lady Sintana paved the way for public acceptance of the Craft as a legitimate religion. Throughout her life, she served as a renowned and respected Craft Elder who was known for her outspoken commitment to promoting public education and understanding of the Old Ways. There were countless many who loved her, some who feared her, but never one who forgot her. We are all in her debt. With her passing, we lose yet another of the Elders who have shaped and formed our heritage and identity today. May we honor her memory and legacy by living truly, honestly and sincerely in keeping with the Old Laws and sacred teachings of our various Traditions. Journey well in Love and Trust, Great Lady. May we meet, and know, and love one another again in days and lives to come."

ROBERTS et al. v. RAVENWOOD CHURCH OF WICCA; and vice versa.
38413. 38443. (249 Ga. 348) (292 SE2d 657) (1982)
"MARSHALL, Justice.
Injunction. Fulton Superior Court. Before Judge Eldridge (case no. 38413); Before Judge Weltner (case no. 38443).

This case involves an ad valorem tax dispute between the taxing authorities of Fulton County and a church whose members are commonly referred to as witches and warlocks. Drawn into question are issues concerning the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The superior court entered final judgment against the taxing authorities. For reasons which follow, we affirm this judgment.

1. Ravenwood Church of Wicca filed a petition for equitable and injunctive relief against the Fulton County Tax Commissioner and the Joint City-County Board of Tax Assessors. In the petition, Ravenwood maintains that it has been wrongfully denied an ad valorem tax exemption on a dwelling on Moreland Avenue, which is owned by Ravenwood and used by it for religious worship. Ravenwood argues that this property is exempt from ad valorem taxation under Code Ann. 91A-1102 (a)(2) (Ga. L. 1978, pp. 309, 385, as amended), which exempts all "places of religious worship" from ad valorem property taxation.

Ravenwood, which is organized as a nonprofit corporation, is a church practicing the Wiccan faith. The founder and organizer of Ravenwood is known as Lady Sintana. In a deposition given by her, she gave the following uncontradicted and unrebutted testimony:

The Wiccan faith is a matriarchal religion which originated in Europe. In this faith, there is a belief in a deity, but not in the sense of an anthropomorphic God. Rather, the Wiccan belief is that there is a primordial, supernatural force which is the creator of the world and universe and which permeates everything therein. In the Wiccan faith, there is a deification of this force, and all individuals are seen as divine sparks from this divinity with a concomitant moral and ethical responsibility to themselves and to everything in nature. This responsibility arises from the fact that each individual is connected to all things in the universe in what is known as the "karmic circle," and each individual both causes the events occurring within the circle and is affected thereby.

Adherents to the Wiccan faith do not practice the stereotypical "double, double toil and trouble" witchcraft, and Voodoo-like curses and hexes play no part in the Wiccan philosophy. The Wiccan church is not Christian, but it does believe in the teachings of Christ. It does not believe in the devil.

In the Wiccan faith, there are eight Sabbaths per year, which are major festivals celebrating changes of seasons. These include: Yule, Vernal Equinox, Beltane, Summer Solstice, Michelmas, and Lamas. The sacraments and ceremonies of the Wiccan doctrinal theology include: honoring the deity through reverence and homage, communion, marriages (referred to as "hand fastings"), funeral ceremonies, and ceremonies for naming babies.

As previously stated, Lady Sintana testified that she is the founder of Ravenwood. She also testified that she went through approximately 10 years of training to become an ordained minister of the Wiccan faith. She performs marriages which she says are recognized in the State of Georgia, and she gives college lectures on minority religion. In addition, she testified that Ravenwood Church of Wicca has been declared a tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation by the Internal Revenue Service on the ground that it is a church.

The Moreland Avenue property consists of a two-story dwelling, with eight or nine rooms. Three of these rooms are used as bedrooms. Lady Sintana lives in one of these rooms, and students of the Wiccan religion live in the other rooms. They pledge a certain amount of their income as rent, and this is used to defray such expenses as the mortgage on the property. Lady Sintana supervises and/or conducts weekly religious services and other religious activities at the Moreland Avenue dwelling."
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Pagan and Druid Elder Isaac Bonewits has passed away

Longtime Paganism Leader And Lecturer Dies
Margot Adler, NPR, ‎Aug 13, 2010‎
"Phillip Emmons Isaac Bonewits, one of the country's leading elders in contemporary Paganism, died on Thursday.

Bonewits was an expert on ancient and modern Druidism as well as an author, lecturer and songwriter.

He also had a sardonic wit. Bonewits' first book, Real Magic: An Introductory Treatise on the Basic Principles of Yellow Magic, included his diploma from the University of California, Berkeley on the back cover. It read: "A major in magic," and his diploma was signed as all Berkeley diplomas were in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan."

Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits
Ron Latevola, Portland, ME Paganism Examiner, Aug 13, 2010‎
"Philip Emmons Isaac Bonewits, founder and Archdruid Emeritus of of Ár nDraíocht Féin: A Druid Fellowship, one of North America's leading experts on ancient and modern Druidism, Witchcraft, magic and the occult, and the rapidly growing Earth Religions movement, died today after a short struggle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Phaedra, his son from a previous marriage, Arthur Lipp-Bonewits of Bardonia NY, his mother Jeannette, his brothers Michael and Richard, and sisters Simone Arris and Melissa Banbury."

Founder of Ar nDraiocht Fein passes to summerland
Laura Roberts, Phoenix Pagan Examiner, ‎Aug 12, 2010‎
"Much will be written about Isaac's accomplishments in the next few days. However, it was his wisdom, wit, and zest for life that made him stand out. These things will come to the minds of all that knew him personally or followed his teachings throughout the years. He walked his talk in all ways. Be it his innate love of mother earth and all the creatures upon her, to the way he treated the people he came across during his lifetime. His legacy is what he gave to all of us here on this earthly plain. It is in the numerous groves that have grown across the nation from the seed he planted and tended so many years ago."

Isaac Bonewits Memorial
Ian Corrigan, Ár nDraíocht Féin, Aug 12, 2010‎
"Isaac's name and ideas will be remembered in ADF. We'll remember with affection his humor and wisdom, his compassion and his effort. We'll remember with honor his work to establish our ways, his strength in the face of criticism and the wisdom of his initial designs. We'll remember with reverence the core spiritual and Pagan ideas that still light the heart of Our Druidry.

Isaac's divine patrons were the God Dagda Mor and the Goddess Brigid. May they receive him into a fate fit for a hero of the Old Ways."

Pagan author Isaac Bonewits passes
Deirdre Hebert, Manchester Paganism Examiner, Aug 12, 2010‎
"Isaac was currently working on three new books. One of these was tentatively titled Cancer is a pain in the Butt."

Pagan and Druid Elder Isaac Bonewits has passed away
Kerri Connor, Chicago Paganism Examiner, ‎Aug 12, 2010‎
" Today will be a day long remembered when the Pagan community lost one of it's most prolific and elegant elders, a great writer, and a compassionate and wise man.

Safe and peaceful jorney to you Isaac. "
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Dr Mary Daly dead at 81

Radical feminist and theologian rankled Boston College
Washington Post, Associated Press, ‎Jan 10, 2010‎
"Mary Daly, 81, a radical feminist and iconoclastic theologian who proclaimed, "I hate the Bible," and retired from Boston College rather than allow men to take her classes, died Dec. 3 at a nursing home in Gardner, Mass. No cause of death was reported.
Dr. Daly described herself as a pagan, an eco-feminist and a radical feminist in a 1999 interview with the Guardian newspaper of London.

"I hate the Bible," she told the paper. "I always did. I didn't study theology out of piety. I studied it because I wanted to know."

Her first book, "The Church and the Second Sex" (1968), criticized the church as a product and fount of sexism amid the growing women's movement. Five years later, she wrote "Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women's Liberation." Her other books included "Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy" (1984). "
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Howard Zinn dies at 87

Howard Zinn, historian who challenged status quo, dies at 87
By Mark Feeney and Bryan Marquard, Globe Staff, January 27, 2010
" Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as "A People's History of the United States," inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.

His daughter, Myla Kabat-Zinn of Lexington, said he suffered a heart attack.
Dr. Zinn was born in New York City on Aug. 24, 1922, the son of Jewish immigrants, Edward Zinn, a waiter, and Jennie (Rabinowitz) Zinn, a housewife. He attended New York public schools and was working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard when he met Roslyn Shechter.
He joined the Army Air Corps, and they courted through the mail before marrying in October 1944 while he was on his first furlough. She died in 2008.

During World War II, he served as a bombardier, was awarded the Air Medal, and attained the rank of second lieutenant.

After the war, Dr. Zinn worked at a series of menial jobs until entering New York University on the GI Bill as a 27-year-old freshman. He worked nights in a warehouse loading trucks to support his studies. He received his bachelor’s degree from NYU, followed by master’s and doctoral degrees in history from Columbia University.

Dr. Zinn was an instructor at Upsala College and lecturer at Brooklyn College before joining the faculty of Spelman College in Atlanta, in 1956. He served at the historically black women’s institution as chairman of the history department. Among his students were novelist Alice Walker, who called him "the best teacher I ever had," and Marian Wright Edelman, future head of the Children's Defense Fund.

During this time, Dr. Zinn became active in the civil rights movement. He served on the executive committee of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the most aggressive civil rights organization of the time, and participated in numerous demonstrations.

Dr. Zinn became an associate professor of political science at BU in 1964 and was named full professor in 1966.
In 1988, Dr. Zinn took early retirement to concentrate on speaking and writing. The latter activity included writing for the stage. Dr. Zinn had two plays produced: "Emma," about the anarchist leader Emma Goldman, and "Daughter of Venus."
In addition to his daughter, Dr. Zinn leaves a son, Jeff of Wellfleet; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.

Funeral plans were not available."