Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Update: Panel Hears Religious Bias Complaint

A Dover pastor testified Monday night that he told managers of a Boscov's store last August that he and his parishioners would "show our displeasure" if Wiccans were allowed to teach classes at the department store.

But the Rev. William Jeffcoat, pastor of Capitol Baptist Church, said the classes were canceled before his complaint was registered.

"I told them I would get on the telephone and call pastors to let churches know what was going on here in Dover," Jeffcoat told a three-member panel of the state Human Relations Commission -- saying he was particularly appalled by scheduled sessions on talismans, tarot and the pentagram.

The commission, ending a hearing on a religious discrimination complaint, was scheduled to begin its deliberations when testimony was completed. Full Story

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