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Pedophilia Rumors Roil Florida Pagan Community

Pagans are unorthodox but they do have their limits, apparently, and rumors that some of their number have crossed the line by advocating pedophilia have cast a cloud over the Florida pagan community's big annual May Day shindig, the Florida Pagan Gathering.

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Now in its 20th year, the FPG -- "one of the top 10 Fire Festivals in the world" -- was founded by the Palm Bay-based Church of Iron Oak and is now overseen by the Temple of Earth Gathering Inc. This year's, in Lake Wales, a Beltaine celebration "will honor Aine, the Celtic Queen Under the Mound, and Aengus mac Og, the Celtic God of Love." For an admission charge of about $100, attendees will "pass through one of four gates of their choice (North, East, South, or West) and be smudged and asperged as they enter."

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