In a regular segment on State of Belief which we call our “Intersection Awards,” we hand out lights at the intersection of religion and politics and culture…a green light for those who advance the cause of religious diversity; a red for those who practice intolerance and discrimination. This week, a big RED light goes to some local business owners in the town of Adamstown, Pennsylvania. As the Associated Press reports, the small Pennsylvania town has been chosen by the The Reading Pagans and Witches as the site for their Celebrating Earth Spirituality Festival to take place this weekend. Many local merchants, however, are refusing to serve the pagan visitors. Several say they will close up shop during the festival to avoid any interaction and one owner goes so far as to equate paganism with satanic worship. Read the AP article here…and then let us know what you think.

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