Vanderbilt adds Pagan holidays to their calendar

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Vanderbilt adds Pagan holidays to their calendar
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Wed, 09-07-2011 - 4:40pm

I meant to post this news story when it happened last month. Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN has added Samhain, Yule, Ostara and Beltane to it's calendar of holy days. I'm not sure why they didn't add the other four as well, since not all Pagan paths celebrate these days. But at least it's a step in the right direction. Here's the link to this story:

http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/b01b15fbaf6942a2879cf6d6616bae64/TN--Vanderbilt-Pagans

And in a related story it's shown that we can all learn from each other if we take the time. Roy Exum, who writes for the Chattanooga.com website showed that he is an open-minded Christian who is willing to learn from Pagans about their own path to the divine:

http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_208520.asp

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Sometimes this state amazes me. It is so diverse from one end to the other. From Bible thumpers to Pro-pagans. Gotta love it!

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I lived in Knoxville for 16 years. TN is an odd state. There was one town that banned the Harry Potter books and movies, even though they don't portray the Pagan version of Witchcraft. And there is another town that refuses to let any of their students from kindergarten through high school use computers because they are the instrument of the devil. I feel sorry for those kids when they graduate and try to enter the workforce. I used to work in a New Age shop in Knoxville and a friend of mine belonged to a coven. So you do go from one extreme to another there.

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Thats the truth! And I think a lot of it has to do with natives vs those that move in from other parts of the country, and with UT attracting plenty of out of state residents and younger crowds, it stands to reason.
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WOW! :O I've heard of the banning of Harry Potter books, but banning *computers?!* That will condemn these children to unemployability in most of today's jobs. YIKES! How backward can people get?! annoyed-and-disappointed.gif Sounds like a huge variation around the state, though. At least some areas aren't in the "dark ages."



Blessings,

Gypsy

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thumbsup.gif I like this! ;)



Blessings,

Gypsy

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