"Wicca" a research paper I did about the religion.

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Throughout the ages, people have been looking for explanations for the unknown. Life's mysteries have fueled mankind's quest for knowledge. These journeys for the answers have often resulted in the formation of religions. Christianity has been the backbone of this nation since it's beginning, and any other religion, no matter how peaceful it may seem, is believed to be, by most Christians, evil. Once thought of as a cult and recently recognized as a religion, Wicca, in its peaceful existence, is still considered by many to be a Satanistic practice.

In the 1985 case of Dettmer vs. Landon, the District Court of Virginia pursuant to rule 52 (a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, ruled that Witchcraft / Wicca falls within a recognizable religious category and therefore is protected by the Constitution. Wicca comes from the word "witch" and means one who works with natural forces by shaping or bending them.

Wicca is a religion that was inspired by pre-Christian rites and folklore. Wicca is without any structure or command. Feminism, environmentalism, and liberalism all come together in this religion that is centered on nature. Their object of worship is the Moon Goddess, also known as the All, which is composed of everything It ever created. The All does not rule over the Universe; It is the Universe. She consists of three stages: the Maiden, the Mother, and the Crone. The priestess is her representative. The earth and its seasons are the sources of sacred rites. There is no leader or founder, nor is there any sacred text. Wiccans have to be brutally honest with everything, especially themselves. Wicca teaches responsibility for one's own actions. The central tenet, also known as the Wiccan Rede, is, "If it harms none, do what you will." Spells, brews, chants,