Wicca is recognized (at least in the U.S) as an organized religion and thus protected by the constitution and various laws.
It has rules, guidelines, set practices, ect. of any other organized "path" and so it is a religion.
While you may disagree with the semantics of path and religion, to take away the terminology is taking away a lot of rights that were fought to be protected.
Sorry to add on to something that has nothing to do with the original topic, just had to throw in my two cents.