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Pagan festival isn't welcome

September 12, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A group of pagans and witches is holding a festival in a rural, deeply religious village, and not everyone is welcoming them.

Members of the Reading Pagans and Witches group are holding their Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival today in a picturesque section of Adamstown known as Stoudtburg Village, about an hour northwest of Philadelphia.

Some shop owners say they plan to close for the day because they don't agree with the Reading group's beliefs. A church is organizing a wall of prayer around the festival in protest.

The group's participants say they aren't there to convert anyone. They plan an event with music, prayers, storytelling and other activities.

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