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=========================================================== = This file was downloaded from a Christian occult = = BBS, and should be regarded as suspect in areas of = = factuality. The Christian cult has seldom displayed = = any aversion to lying to achive their agendas. drice = =========================================================== (NIRR) -- A coup for followers of Wicca: a third-generation witch has taken a seat among the Salem (Mass.) Religious Leaders Association. Shawn Poirer, high priest of the Coven of the Black Rose, joined the inter-faith group last month. Marta Flanagan of the First Universalist Church became Poirer's main advocate to gain membership in the Salem Clergy Association, the SRLA's precursor that disbanded upon his admittance. Flanagan allows Poirer's coven to meet in her church's basement, although some Salem Wiccans meet at groves, the old town hall, homes, and beaches. "People come and think it's a joke, and find out it's not a joke," Ken Stigler, pastor of Salem's Wesley Methodist Church, told the National and International Religion Report. "People walk around town wearing black capes, with inverted crosses and pentagrams," Stigler said. Wiccans claim to have 4,000 followers in the city of 40,000. Others put the number much lower. "Allowing Wicca the rule and rein of tourism in Salem has been unfortunate theologically and economically disastrous," Stigler said. Businesses may be intrigued by the idea of witches, but tend not to settle in town, he added. In Salem, famous for its 1692 witch trials, the town seal and promotional materials feature witchcraft symbols. "People here are sick of it," said Joseph Kost, pastor of the non-denominational Christian Renewal Church. He told NIRR that Christians long remained silent "because the town was making money," but occultism "crept in because the door was open." Christian clergy will meet separately this month to pray and plan their church events.

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