WHAT WAS A.M.E.R.?
The Alliance for Magical and Earth Religions (AMER) was a St. Louis-based organization made up of members of several distinct magical and/or Earth-centered religious traditions. It's members had only one thing in common: all felt that they had been unfairly blamed by some in the media and in law enforcement for many of the problems of today's society.
AMER STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
1) AMER would defend the right of every American to practice his or her own religion, insofar as that religion's practices do not directly harm anyone. In particular, AMER actively campaigned for tolerance for magical and Earth-Centered religions.
2) AMER worked to promote a positive image for magical and Earth-centered religions, and to counter negative propaganda about such groups.
3) AMER promoted cooperation among the various magical and Earth-centered religious groups.
4) AMER served as a source of accurate information on magical and Earth-centered religions and practices.
Sometimes it seems the magical community is just Too Creative. At times it seems like every single one of us has his or her own Really Great Idea on how to help protect our civil rights and our image. We have no shortage of clever ideas and grand dreams. What we need is the kind of magic that makes dreams come true. Fortunately, there's the Alliance for Magical and Earth Religions - AMER.
YOU SUPPLY THE DREAMS:
The Alliance for Magical and Earth Religions is building up two things and two things only.
We're building up a list of contacts - Pagans and Satanists and Thelemites and Ceremonial Magicians and Druids and Witches of every tradition - who've all expressed a desire to work together for our mutual defense. Yes, we know how radical an idea that is. Never before in the history of magical and earth religions have we been able to put aside our differences and our mutual distaste for each other long enough or well enough to defend each other. But when the New Witch-Hunt spends over $250.000 a year to make us all look like amok baby-killers and child molesters, the need is great. AMER's volunteers know that now. And if you understand that and want to help, maybe you should be an AMER volunteer.
AMER is also building a fund for dreams. When the next round of attacks begins, we're going to need some way to pay the legal expenses of magical people under unfair attack, and that' not cheap. But if we won't pay for our own defense sometimes, how long do you think others will be willing to? We're also going to need to send out some pretty hefty mailings. We may even need to match the "occult experts" in travel expenses and advertising. You can probably think of five more things that we'll need to do to protect our rights, and they'll cost money too.
So the magical and earth-centered religions need a mutual defense fund that's even more scrupulously free from even the appearance of reproach the strict guidelines of the Evangelical Council for Fiscal Accountability. AMER will go that extra mile. Contributors will always be told where every dollar goes. If we raise money for a specific project, every single nickel will go there. And anyone at all can send a stamped, self-addressed envelope for an up-to-the-month income and expense statement.
AMER HELPS MAKE DREAMS COME TRUE:
If you are a member of AMER, you can bring your dream to the Directors and we'll try our hardest to match it with hard-working volunteers and generous fund-raisers. For membership information, write to: [NOTE: CONTACT INFO NOT VALID] AMER Secretary, ##### West Florisssant, Suite ###, Florissant, Missouri 63039 -OR- AMER, P.O. Box #####, Clayton, Missouri, 32105. Phone: (314)-###-####.
If you don't have a dream of your own, but want to work, or if you want to know what projects we're collecting for, just send us your name and phone number or address to: [NOTE: CONTACT INFO NOT VALID] AMER Volunteer, ##### West Florisssant, Suite ###, Florissant, Missouri 63039 -OR- AMER, P.O. Box #####, Clayton, Missouri, 32105. Phone: (314)-###-####.
EDITOR'S NOTE: ALL CONTACT INFORMATION FOR AMER IS NO LONGER VALID AND SHOULD NOT BE USED. NO ONE AT AMER WILL RESPOND TO WRITTEN OR TELEPHONIC REQUESTS, AS AMER IS DEFUNCT - NO LONGER IN EXISTENCE.
WHAT BROUGHT US TOGETHER:
Dozens of attempts have been made over the years to unite St. Louis-area covens and magical orders into some kind of mutual defense league, but somehow it never seemed urgent.
But 1989 has been an especially nasty year for attacks on magical people in in Missouri. A local hospital told a Witch who is a psychiatric nurse that she'd be fired if she were ever publicly identified as such, and who was fired after she asked embarrassing questions at an in-service by a local "occult expert." A St. Louis County park ranger admits he's been actively spying on magical and earth religious groups in the county since 1985. A local networker has received threatening letters and been falsely accused of crimes by a Dallas TV station, a St. Ann police officer speaking to community groups, and Lyndon LaRouche. "Concerned Parents" and Christian congressmen tried to frame an Army officer newly moved to the area for child sexual abuse because he is a Satanist. And Kansas City's only real occult shop is going bankrupt because of pressure from city and local groups looking for an "occult conspiracy".
When one St. Louis-area woman was told that a man representing himself as a County official tried to talk a local hotel out of honoring its contract with her because she was a Witch, she decided enough was enough. She contacted elders and leaders in a half-dozen other magical and earth-honoring religious groups, and after several months of discussion, they started the Alliance for Magical and Earth Religions.
GOTO the AMER Page.
GOTO the OAB Home Page.
Society of The Astral Star, Inc. / P.O. Box 1482 / Georgetown / KY / 40324
Copyright 1989 by AMER.
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