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(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
"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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