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Old 04-01-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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The invocation by Wiccan Debra Maynard of Cedar Rapids will open the House session on Thursday April 9th.

Wiccan will give invocation to Iowa House
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Old 04-01-2015, 07:50 PM
 
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And then what? Hauled off to the gallows?
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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I wonder if those who claim they won't come have any idea that their freedom to be christans does also mean that other faiths INCLUDING Wicca also have equal rights to be be held and practiced. I'm sure the blessing will be beautiful and proper. Maybe people should learn something about a belief before they bash it. Blessed Be.

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Old 04-01-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Default Nation's first Wiccan State House invocation

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I wonder if those who claim they won't come have any idea that their freedom to be christans doesn't also mean that other faiths INCLUDING Wicca also have equal rights to be be held and practiced. I'm sure the blessing will be beautiful and proper. Maybe people should learn something about a belief before they bash it. Blessed Be.
Agree.

http://www.kcrg.com/subject/news/wic...house-20150328

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Old 04-01-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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I wonder if those who claim they won't come have any idea that their freedom to be christans does also mean that other faiths INCLUDING Wicca also have equal rights to be be held and practiced. I'm sure the blessing will be beautiful and proper. Maybe people should learn something about a belief before they bash it. Blessed Be.
Want to put that in English?
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Want to put that in English?
In the article, there are people saying they'll boycott. This is highly discourtous. As we are granted the freedom to follow any faith we feel is right for us, it is implied that we should give respect for others and those who choose them. I suspect some who don't like the idea think the general run of bad movies represents wicca. They don't. It is a neo pagan religion which strongly stresses self responsibility. It is also diverse.

Basic Principles and Concepts of Wicca

I'm sure many non christans have attended the annual blessing and if they can then christans can give respect to other faiths.
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:49 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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Of course they have the right to practice wicca in this state and in this country. I find this interesting (and did some quick reading about it just now) and respect anyone's right to practice whatever faith they chose. That said, I do question what purpose it serves bringing it to the Iowa House.

You don't have to look any further than the Iowa Constitution to see why we pray to God within our government bodies...


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Iowa 1857, Preamble.

We, the People of the State of Iowa, grateful to the Supreme Being for the blessings hitherto enjoyed, and feeling our dependence on Him for a continuation of these blessings ... establish this Constitution
So...what purpose does the wiccan invocation serve other than an exercise in recognizing diversity....I guess. That said, it doesn't seem to me to be the best choice (for lack of better way to put it) for it to replace an invocation to God.

<edit> I did a little more reading and it is not clear, but maybe some Wiccans do believe in Supreme Being (i.e...God)?

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Old 04-01-2015, 10:02 PM
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Now that's real freedom of religion. I am not a Wiccan but I have so much respect for these misunderstood people.

Blessed be!
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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Frankly speaking, when you consider the number of Christian-based daily invocations that have been given in the House chamber throughout the legislative history of Iowa, I don't see where the giving over of 1 day for an invocation from a Wiccan should be any problem.
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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<edit> I did a little more reading and it is not clear, but maybe some Wiccans do believe in Supreme Being (i.e...God)?
There are different variations of the Wiccan religion. Some do believe in a single Divine Being, but most I am familiar with observe more of a Holy Ghost-type deity that resides in all of nature rather than just in humans.
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