Palenville Pagan Pride for 2013 has been canceled due to lack of support from the greater Pagan community

The Maetreum of Cybele, sponsor of the event, cannot continue to do this event alone because of the ongoing legal battles we have with the Town of Catskill over our very exsistence.  Regretfully, we decided to cancel this event at least for this year.




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*Legal Notice:

This event is on the private property owned by the Maetreum of Cybele, Magna Mater which is the worldwide home of the Cybeline Revival and the Convent home of the Priestesses of Cybele.  It is considered sacred ground dedicated to the Great Mother Goddess..  This is not a secular event but a religious one with religious ceremonies at the beginning and end and as such this event is protected under New York Hate Crimes Act - Ch. 107, 2000 - NY DCJS and numerous Federal laws as well.  The Maetreum of Cybele considers proselytizing to be a form of spiritual rape and the single most disrespectful act towards another's beliefs possible.  The Maetreum of Cybele has a policy of zero tolerance for proselytizing and considers it a hate crime.and will not hesitate to press all possible criminal and civil charges against anyone attending this event on our sacred property to proselytize or disrupt this event in any fashion.  If you come to do this, you will not get your confrontation, just a criminal record and hopefully jail time.

The Palenville Pagan Pride Committee policy is also one of zero tolerance for any disrespect of any Pagan tradition by any group or individual, Pagan or Christian or other.  This event is open to all religious traditions but that is not an invitation to proselytize.or promote any religious tradition that fails to respect the rights of others to hold their own beliefs.  If you think you have the "one true path", you are not welcome to bring or express that at our events..

Both the Maetreum of Cybele and the Palenville Pagan Pride Committee regret that this has to be spelled out but the climate of religious based hatred that has taken over the United States at this time forces us to make our positions, which we believe should be self evident in a country that proclaims freedom of religious expression the law of the land, clear for legal reasons.