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Perspective

We the people

A periodic photo column exploring our constitutional rights in everyday action.

By CHRIS ZUPPA
Published March 11, 2007


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  • Constitution of the United States U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ninth Amendment " "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
  • Sixth Amendment "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."
  • Fourteenth Amendment "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press."
  • Second Amendment "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringede."
  • Tenth Amendment "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
  • Eighteenth Amendment: Section 1 "After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors ..."
Related links:
  • Constitution of the United States U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
  • Ninth Amendment " "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people."
  • Sixth Amendment "In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to have the assistance of counsel for his defense."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging ... the right of the people peaceably to assemble ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."
  • Fourteenth Amendment "No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States ..."
  • First Amendment "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom ... of the press."
  • Second Amendment "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringede."
  • Tenth Amendment "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people."
  • Eighteenth Amendment: Section 1 "After one year from the ratification of this article the manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors ..."

First Amendment: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ..."

They begin the spiral dance holding hands, weaving in and out of each other around the candlelit altar. Some fear persecution, so they hide their faith from public view. The drumbeats drive the rhythm during this full-moon celebration.

They say Hollywood portrays them as an evil cult. That's not true.

The drumbeats grow louder. Faster and faster the circle goes.

They don't perform blood sacrifices. They won't harm anyone or anything. They respect life. They honor earth, wind, fire, air. Everything they do, everything they say is for good, not evil.

Faster and faster. Louder and louder.

They are pagans. They are also soldiers, lawyers, doctors, business owners, students, neighbors. They are everyday people.

Suddenly the circle stops. A crescendo. The energy is released.

On this February night, they gather at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa to safely practice a faith with origins more than 2,000 years before Christianity. They are Wiccans.

[Last modified May 22, 2007, 23:17:38]


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