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.] Our members included witches, neo-pagans, Satanists, and Christians, working together for freedom of religion for all Americans.
AMER was a civil rights organization. They were *not* a "connections" group, and did not provide doctrinal information on any religion, nor locate a religious group for individuals to join.
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.
Magical Religion: any religious belief or practices which includes, as an aspect of its faith or an element in its ritual, the practice of what they call magic or the use of psychic powers.
Earth Religion: any religious belief or practice which holds as a tenet a reverence for the Earth.
HOW DID AMER WORK?
AMER provided information and advice on civil rights problems for members of magical and/or Earth religions in the St. Louis region. Additionally, AMER provided speakers to schools, police groups, churches, and anyone else who is interested about learning about magical and earth religions. AMER's members worked together to combat negative attitudes about the occult by writing letters to individuals and organizations who have disseminated incorrect information about the occult. We also helped victims of religious discrimination through letters, phone calls and personal contact. AMER also made referrals to many specialized civil rights organizations across the United States, Canada, and Europe. In many cases, those organizations were provided with direct local assistance.
AMER AND THE MEDIA:
AMER monitored media coverage of topics which affect the magical community. When one of our members saw an article or television story which gave unfair or slanted coverage to an event which involved "the occult," we contacted the news organization in question to express our disapproval. We also wrote to commend news organizations which provided what we saw as "good coverage." We hope that our efforts promoted fair media treatment of members of magical and earth religions.
AMER AND THE POLICE:
AMER's members also were available to work with police departments to provide expert advice on crimes and rumors of crimes which involved or appeared to involve members of the magical community.
AMER AND THE CLERGY:
AMER actively participated with interfaith groups to let others, particularly clergy, know of our concerns and to work toward common goals. This outreach program educated, and built bridges and promoted mutual respect and tolerance.
AMER encouraged all of its members to participate in community service projects such as food drives, disaster relief, or environmental projects. AMER's St. Louis members met every six weeks to clean up a stretch of highway. We felt that this highly visible form of service helped to promote a positive image for occultists.
WOULD AMER TELL EVERYONE ABOUT MY RELIGION?
The only members of AMER who were asked to appear or to speak in public were the members of the Board of Directors. If you wished, your membership could be kept totally confidential. In addition, AMER did not promote or endorse the activities of any specific religion, so members were not asked to participate in any religious activities.
AMER's Past Officers included a number of very well respected members of the magickal community.
1986-1989: Ms. Galena Price-Wollensen (HPS of Uraeus Coven) of St. Louis, MO founded AMER in c. 1986. Galena served as the first President of AMER from 1986-1990. Ms. "Kiwi" Carlisle (HPS of Acorn Coven and later of Wyrdd Haven) of St. Louis, MO served as Vice President of AMER. Dr. Peter Gaspar (St. Louis, MO) served as Secretary of AMER. J. Brad Hicks (A Priest of Wyrdd Haven) of St. Louis, MO served as Reporter/Public Information Officer of AMER from 1986-1988. Ms. Price-Wollensen founded AMER as a result of her group being discriminated against while attempting to organize a gathering of Wiccans and others of like mind. She recruited numerous well respected leaders in the St. Louis, MO Pagan and Wiccan Communities.
1990-1992: The second President of AMER was Mary Lou Golnik of St. Louis, MO. Ms. Gillian Stewart (St. Louis, MO) served as Vice President of AMER. Secretary = Dr. Peter Gaspar, PhD; Treasurer = Bob Sikorsky, St. Louis, MO; Reporter/PIO = Mike Fix; Directors = Directors = Henry C. Manning, Ms. Peggy Ochs, Ms. Galean Price, Mr. Jay Stewart, and Wendi Clawson.
1992-1993: The third President of AMER was Carolyn F. Clark; Vice President = Chris "Kiwi" Carlisle (HPS of Acorn Coven & later Wyrdd Haven Coven); St. Louis, MO; Secretary = Jay Stewart; Treasurer = Mr. Bob Sikorsky; Reporter/PIO = Mike Fix; Directors = Lilith Aquino, Don Wildgrube, J. Brad Hicks.
1993-1994: The fourth President of AMER was Ms. Chris "Kiwi" Carlisle (HPS of Acorn Coven and later of Wyrdd Haven) of St. Louis, MO from 1990-1994. Ms. Gillian Stewart (St. Louis, MO) served as Vice President of AMER from 1990-1992. Mr. J. Brad Hicks (a Priest of Wyrdd Haven) of St. Louis, MO) served as Vice President of AMER from 1992-1994. Treasurer = Ms. Wendi Clawson; Reporter/PIO = Mike Fix. Ms. Chris Carlisle was noted for her work with the AMER Intelligence and for overseeing the writing and publication of numerous pamplets including Exercising Your Writes, & AMER and The Temple of Set. Additionally she is credited for leading AMER's Highway Cleanup Project and other charitable works in AMER's name in St. Louis, MO.
1994-1995: The fifth President of AMER was Mr. J. Brad Hicks (HP of Wyrdd Haven Coven); St. Louis, MO; Vice President = Chris "Kiwi" Carlisle (HPS of Acorn Coven & later Wyrdd Haven Coven); St. Louis, MO; Secretary = Dr. Peter Gaspar, PhD; Treasurer = Ms. Wendi Clawson; Reporter/PIO = Mike Fix; Directors = Mary L. Golnik, Steve Golnick, Henry Scheer, Linda Addy. Brad Hicks is credited for overseeing the writing and publication of numerous pamplets including What Is AMER?, The Truth About Human Sacrifice, The Truth About Ritualized Child Abuse, and the 'flip' pamphlet, A Guide To The Occult For Teens/A Guide To The Occult For Parents. Brad was directly involved in most of the writing projects AMER produced. Additionally, he was responsible for leading AMER in a freedom rally/demonstration in Jonesboro, AR where a Wiccan Bookstore (owned by the Riley family) was being discriminated against by local residents and politicians. This event made national mainstream news.
1995-1996: The sixth President of AMER was Dr. Henry Scheer, D.C. of St. Louis, MO; Vice President, Mrs. Chris "Kiwi" Carlisle (HPS of Wyrdd Haven), St. Louis MO; Secretary Dr. Peter Gaspar, PhD; Treasurer, Linda Addy; Reporter/PIO Mike Fix; Directors Larry Brown, Jim Higginbotham, Jim Kerr, and Ann Overhauser. Restructured and redirected AMER into a new direction. Continued with the Pamplet and publications which made AMER so well regarded. Placed AMER on the world wide web with it's website on inter-sanctum.
1997-1998: The seventh President of AMER was President Chris "Kiwi" Carlisle (HPS of Acorn Coven & later Wyrdd Haven Coven); St. Louis, MO; Vice President = Jim Higginbotham (of Omnistic Fellowship & Council for Alternative Spiritual Traditions - C.A.S.T.; of St. Charles, MO) St. Charles, MO; Secretary = Dr. Peter Gaspar, PhD; Treasurer = Dr. Henry Scherr, D.C.; Reporter/PIO = Mike Fix; Directors = Linda Addy, Tom Chapin, Jim Kerr, Cliff Mirabella.
Mr. Mike Fix (HP of Acorn Coven and later Wyrdd Haven) of St. Louis, MO served as AMER's Public Information Officer for ten years (1988-1998). Mike worked tirelessly for AMER in writing and publishing numerous pamphlets and the AMER Intelligence (AMER's Newsletter).
CONTACT AMER's PAST OFFICERS:
PAST Contact Information: [NOTE: CONTACT INFO NOT VALID]
AMER: Alliance for Magical and Earth Religions,
##### West Florisssant, Suite ###,
Florissant, MO 63039 USA
P.O. Box #####,
Clayton, MO, 32105 USA
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.
- Past President: Ms. Chris Carlisle.
- Past President: Mr. J. Brad Hicks.
- Past Vice-President: Mr. Jim Higginbothim.
- Past Reporter (Public Information Officer): Mr. Mike Fix.
AMER'S ADVISORY BOARD:
Members of the academic, religious, and business communities were invited to serve on AMER's Advisory Board. The Advisory Board was set up to be a national network of sources with access to various religious paths who would be in a position to notify AMER if a situation arose where it could be of assistance, and to advise AMER on matters of policy.
Among AMER's Advisory Board included such well known individuals including:
Lilith Aquino (Satanist & High Priestess of The Temple of Set);
Zsusana Budapest (Dianic Wiccan & Author, CA);
Lone Elk (Noted Native American Spiritual Leader);
Dana Eilers (Noted Pagan Attorney and Author, Formerly of St. Louis, MO and currently residing in the greater Boston, MA area);
Silver RavenWolf (Witch - Founder of the Black Forest Tradition of Wicca - and Author, Mechanicsburg, PA);
Fr. Pneuma aka Michael W. Humphrey (Christian Mystic & Ceremonial Magician. Chief Adept/President, Order of The Star of Bethlehem, Georgetown, KY);
Dick Sells, (Noted Wiccan Elder and High Priest Coven of Unicorn Grove - Chattanooga, TN);
Edred Thorsen (Noted Author and Norse Pagan);
and numerous others.
AMER IS NO LONGER ACTIVE:
AMER is no longer an active organization. The Society of The Astral Star was formally affiliated with AMER from 1988 until it's disolvement in 1998. They were in our opinion the *ONLY* organization that stood their ground on the highest moral and ethical principles. A lot of people owe this organization a great deal of thanks, even though they don't know of their efforts (or when they do know of their efforts they seldom acknowledge their many past contributions). We have a number of AMER's past publications available at this website and several were published within the OAB's Journal, The Crux Mystica.
AS AMER IS NO LONGER ACTIVE, WE SUPPORT THE EFFORTS OF:
The LLL (The Lady Liberty Leage)
operated under the guidance of Selena Fox/Circle Sanctuary;
And, The ERAL (The Earth Religions Assistance League),
operated under the guidance of Larry Cornett.
and AREN (The Alternative Religions Education Network). For general inquiries send correspondence to AREN General Inquiries.
The Order of The Astral Star is *NOT* formally affiliated with either of these organizations due to their strict focus on "Earth Religions", which the OAB strictly speaking - is not. However, we do respect their work and support their endeavors concerning issues regarding religious freedom.
We feel that AMER's publications were among the very best in it's field(s) at the time of their writing(s). We include copies of the following AMER publications on-line in an attempt to keep them in circulation.
"AMER Presents: Dream No Small Dreams." by J. Brad Hicks.
"AMER Presents: Exercising Your Writes." Committee Chaired by Chris Carlisle.
"AMER Presents: The Truth About Human Sacrifice." by J. Brad Hicks.
"AMER Presents: The Truth About Ritualized Child Abuse." by J. Brad Hicks.
"The AMER Guide to Dealing with Religious Harassment at Work." Committee Chaired by Chris Carlisle.
"The AMER Guide to Dealing with Police Harassment." Committee Chaired by Dana Eilers.
"AMER and The Temple of Set." Committee Co-Chaired by Lilith Aquino and Chris Carlisle.
"AMER INTELLIGENCE (Official Newsletter); Annual Report: 1993." by Mike Fix, AMER-PIO.
"A Guide To The Occult For Teens..." Committee Chaired by J. Brad Hicks.
"A Guide To The Occult For Parents..." Committee Chaired by J. Brad Hicks.
REPORTS OF SPECIAL INTEREST:
"Wicca: A Legal Scholar's View." Professional Opinion by Dr. Frank Flinn.
Published in 1989 by the FBI, Special Agent Kenneth V. Lanning (Ret.) has written an excellent guide for law enforcement perspectives: "An Investigator's Guide to Allegations of `Ritual' Child Abuse", which we are happy to make available here.
Additionally, FBI Special Agent Kenneth V. Lanning wrote a follow up-report for law enforcement: "Satanic Ritual Abuse'", available here.
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