February 20, 2013

Judge: Wiccan Women Need a Chaplain, Too

Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle

A state prison inmate and former inmate who practice the Wiccan religion can proceed with a lawsuit accusing California of discriminating by refusing to hire a Wiccan chaplain while paying for chaplains from more mainstream faiths, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday.

The women claim that Wicca, a goddess-worshiping form of witchcraft, has more adherents in the state women's prison at Chowchilla (Madera County) than Islam or Judaism, two of the five religions that have state-paid chaplains.

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TAGGED: Religious Liberty, Wiccans

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