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  • Albino girl, 11, killed and beheaded in Swaziland ’for witchcraft’

    08/22/2010 11:52:06 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 206 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/20/10 | Aislinn Laing
    An 11-year-old albino girl from Swaziland was shot dead in front of her friends and then beheaded in what police believe was a ritual murder.The child had been washing clothes and bathing at a river with friends and was returning home when she was grabbed by a man wearing a balaclava. As her friends looked on, the man shot her in the back before dragging her away. Her headless body was found upriver a short time later. The murder is the latest in a series of albino killings in Sub-Saharan Africa, where sufferers of the rare skin pigmentation condition...
  • Michael R. Ash: What was the Liahona? [LDS open]

    07/26/2010 11:21:53 AM PDT · by T Minus Four · 65 replies · 5+ views
    Mormon Times ^ | 26 July 2010 | Michael R. Ash
    When Lehi exited his tent one morning, he discovered on the ground "a round ball of curious workmanship; and it was of fine brass. And within the ball were two spindles; and the one pointed the way whither we should go into the wilderness" (1 Nephi 16:10). Later in the Book of Mormon, we read that the ball was prepared by the Lord and was called the "Liahona," which is translated as a "compass" (Alma 37:38; see also 2 Nephi 5:12). Critics were quick to ridicule the Liahona, claiming that the magnetic compass was unknown in 600 B.C. There are...
  • SEANCES, SPIRITS AND THE OCCULT - A Catholic View.

    02/07/2010 5:17:55 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies · 712+ views
    Catholic Truth Society ^ | 1979 | Fr. Peter J: Elliott
    SEANCES, SPIRITS AND THE OCCULT A Catholic View. Fr. Peter J: Elliott ISBN 85826/172/3 A.C.T.S. No. 1718 (1979) THIS PAMPHLET DEALS WITH PRACTICAL MATTERS AND CLEARLY PRESENTS THE TEACHING OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. IT COULD BE READ IN CONJUNCTION WITH PAMPHLET No. 1717 WHICH EXAMINES "REINCARNATION". - THE EDITOR. * * * SEANCES, SPIRITS AND THE OCCULT A Catholic View Walk through any bookshop, open the popular magazines, follow the programmes of television and radio and it soon becomes obvious that we are living in the midst of a revival of interest in "the occult". The word means "something...
  • (Air Force)Academy chapel to add outdoor circle to worship areas (for pagans)

    01/31/2010 11:29:10 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 35 replies · 870+ views
    US Air Force Academy ^ | 1/27/2010 | Staff Sgt. Don Branum
    U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The Air Force Academy chapel will add a worship area for followers of Earth-centered religions during a dedication ceremony, which is tentatively scheduled to be held at the circle March 10. The circle, located atop the hill overlooking the Cadet Chapel and Visitor Center, will be the latest addition to a collection of worship areas that includes Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist sacred spaces.
  • Human sacrifices 'on the rise in Uganda' as witch doctors admit to rituals

    01/08/2010 2:36:32 PM PST · by Scythian · 24 replies · 887+ views
    One man said he had clients who had captured children and taken their blood and body parts to his shrine, while another confessed to killing at least 70 people including his own son. "They go and capture other people's children. They bring the heart and the blood directly here to take to the spirits," he said. "They bring them in small tins and they place these objects under the tree from which the voices of the spirits are coming."
  • Africa: Witch doctors and politicians intertwined

    01/13/2010 6:15:52 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies · 278+ views
    Spero News ^ | 1/13/2010 | Martyn Drakard
    Are witch-doctors still part of the anecdotal, primitive folk-lore of Africa? Yes, they are. The witch-doctor, however, does not feature in the safari package; he is still a nasty reality, who holds many people helpless in his “supernatural” grip. His “shrine” isn’t to be seen in the picture post-cards; it is hidden in the forest. His rags, shaggy hair and paraphernalia have not started a fashion craze; they are dirty and ugly. Yet, he is feared. The Ugandan government, according to a recent BBC report, is worried about the increase of witch-craft, witch-doctors, and, consequently, the human sacrifices, especially children....
  • Rejected man threatens Fort Pierce woman with witchcraft, police say

    12/29/2009 12:19:24 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies · 537+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | December 29, 2009 | Will Greenlee
    A Fort Pierce woman told police a man whom she refused to date threatened to "put witchcraft on her, beat her up and blow up her home," according to a recently released report. The victim called police Christmas Day and said the 42-year-old man had been calling since 5 a.m. the day before, estimating she'd received 110 calls on her cell phone.
  • Obama State Dinner Fiasco - Will Desiree Rogers Get Thrown Under the Bus? (Part Two, with video)

    11/29/2009 4:38:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 143 replies · 7,824+ views
    Sunday, November 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    Read part one here.White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers has been dodging the heat so far for her failure to ensure the first state dinner by the Obama administration went off without embarrassing the Obamas.Worse still, her failure resulted in a potentially lethal security breakdown that has international repercussions.Slowly the press, which adores Rogers almost as much as they adore her boss First Lady Michelle Obama, are beginning to look past the acknowledged faults of the Secret Service to Rogers' failed stewardship of the dinner.Rebecca Dana and Lloyd Grove have a devastating article at the Daily Beast that noted several...
  • Girl's confession stuns worshippers

    10/26/2009 12:37:00 AM PDT · by bogusname · 29 replies · 2,093+ views
    modernghana.com ^ | October 25, 2009 | The Spectator
    “I placed a goat's horn into the stomach of my elder sister to prevent her from having children," Olivia, 19, and a self-proclaimed witch, now exorcised, told a large congregation at the Ebenezer Healing Church at Kasoa, in the Central Region last week. She had been sent to the church by her relatives after they heard about Prophet Michael Osei, founder and leader of the church and his miraculous encounters with witches and wizards. They had the conviction that the man of God could help their child to get rid of her witchcraft. Olivia had told her parents (the father...
  • 5 women stripped & paraded, 4 held

    10/19/2009 7:01:20 PM PDT · by Saije · 8 replies · 1,114+ views
    Four persons were arrested on Monday for allegedly stripping and thrashing five women. Apparently, the latter had been practising witchcraft that resulted in villagers falling on hard times. The incident occurred at Patharghatia village under Paljori police station in Deoghar district on Sunday. Superintendent of police Praveen Kumar Srivastava said raids were on to arrest seven others, who were instrumental in instigating the villagers against the five, all members of a minority community. Those who have been named in the FIR included Khutena Bibi, Rahmat Mian, Sakina Bibi, Budhu Mian and seven others. Reports said the bizarre incident took place...
  • Paganism and Witchcraft in Youth Culture

    08/27/2009 3:01:13 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 27 replies · 1,261+ views
    Tradition Family and Property ^ | Wednesday, August 26, 2009 | Crusade
    Paganism and Witchcraft in Youth Culture Written by Crusade    Wednesday, August 26, 2009 Mrs. Linda Harvey Mrs. Linda Harvey is the founder of Mission: America, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to help in dealing with cultural issues such as feminism, homosexuality, education and New Age influences. She is the author of Not My Child—Contemporary Paganism and New Spirituality and her articles have appeared in USA Today and Whistleblower. Mrs. Harvey is a frequent guest on radio talk shows and has testified on legislation before the Ohio General Assembly on numerous occasions. Crusade: How would you define witchcraft?...
  • Urine, Fingernail-Filled 'Witch Bottle' Found

    06/04/2009 7:37:24 AM PDT · by Cailleach · 21 replies · 1,240+ views
    Discovery News ^ | June 4, 2009 | Jennifer Viegas
    During the 17th century in England, someone urinated in a jar, added nail clippings, hair and pins, and buried it upside-down in Greenwich, where it was recently unearthed and identified by scientists as being the world's most complete known "witch bottle." This spell device, often meant to attract and trap negative energy, was particularly common from the 16th to the 17th centuries, so the discovery provides a unique insight into witchcraft beliefs of that period, according to a report published in the latest British Archaeology.
  • Africa: The Enduring Power of Witchcraft

    04/13/2009 4:29:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 517+ views
    This Week ^ | Friday, April 17, 2009
    For many Westerners, “witchcraft” may seem a “benign form of New Age spirituality,” said John L. Allen in the U.S.’s National Catholic Reporter. The chaplain’s handbook for the U.S. military even recognizes Wicca, a modern form of witchcraft, as a “legitimate religious practice.” But in Africa, witchcraft is an evil that continues to flourish with devastating consequences. In Angola and Congo, seriously ill or orphaned children are often accused of sorcery and abused or killed. Secretive cults on Nigeria’s university campuses, with names such as “Black Axes” and “Pyrates,” often practice juju (black magic) to terrify their rivals. Hundreds have...
  • Witchcraft ban on way

    04/01/2009 6:38:57 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 11 replies · 571+ views
    Gulf Daily News ^ | April 01, 2009 | MOHAMMED AL A'ALI
    WITCHCRAFT and sorcery could soon be outlawed, following allegations that suspicious packages containing hair, nails and even blood are being shipped to Bahrain. Parliament yesterday voted in favour of making such activities criminal offences. A narrow vote saw the amendment to Bahrain's penal code approved, despite objections from a senior government official and some MPs. It means anyone caught practising witchcraft and sorcery could face jail and a fine, which would be left up to a judge to decide. The amendment has been drafted by the government based on a proposal from parliament, but Minister of State for Parliament and...
  • Venezuela's Hugo Chavez Using Witchcraft To Sabotage The USA (graphic video warning)

    03/22/2009 5:49:00 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 30 replies · 1,604+ views
    youtube.com ^ | March 22, 2009
    Hugo Chavez followers are said to be actually using witchcraft and incantations to bring down their mortal enemy #1... The United States of America,
  • Five suspected witches burnt to death in Kenya

    02/27/2009 9:21:12 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 21 replies · 1,103+ views
    Times of India ^ | 2/28/2009
    Five elderly people suspected of practising witchcraft were burnt to death in western Kenya, police have said. "They include four women and a man in their 80's who were accused of having abducted a child," Kisii deputy police Commander Manasseh Musyoka said yesterday. The killings occurred at Bomatara Village in Mosocho Division. A resident who declined to be named said the abducted child was found dumped on the roadside. "He was unconscious and when he regained it, he was able to tell the names of his abductors. That is when a decision was reached in the village to hunt them...
  • The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World

    02/14/2009 7:20:41 AM PST · by GonzoII · 24 replies · 1,107+ views
    Insidecatholic.com ^ | 2/14/09 | Tom Hoopes
    The Dark Backward: Demons in the Real World by Tom Hoopes    2/14/09     "The lunatic is on the grass."   It was an hour before midnight. Ten-year-old James was in his bedroom, alone, when he was suddenly gripped by terror. A Pink Floyd song rang out through the empty room. The radio turned on by itself.   "The lunatic is on the grass. The lunatic is in the hall."   James lay paralyzed, locked in that helpless state that is itself as terrifying as whatever causes it. He wanted to move or cry out but couldn't. So...
  • Politician Caught Up in Vampire Rumors

    01/10/2003 7:42:20 AM PST · by Happy Valley Dude · 73 replies · 766+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-10-2003
    BLANTYRE, Malawi (Reuters) - Hundreds of angry Malawians hounded a senior political figure from his house and stoned him late Wednesday, accusing him of harboring vampires. Blantire Urban Governor Eric Chiwaya, a member of the ruling United Democratic Front, was the latest victim of a bizarre rumor that the country's government is colluding with vampires to collect human blood for international aid agencies. Bearing severe cuts to his face and body, he told Reuters from his hospital bed that a crowd had hailed him with stones and other missiles, chanting "vampire" and threatening to kill him. Chiwaya said he knew...
  • Obama Support Group Code Pink Held Witchcraft Ceremony to Cleanse White House

    01/20/2009 11:43:58 AM PST · by kristinn · 58 replies · 5,009+ views
    Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | Kristinn
    A reporter for The Nation magazine reported today that the President Barack Hussein Obama support group Code Pink held a witchcraft ceremony to 'cleanse' the White House on President Bush's last full day in office.One of Code Pink's leaders, Jodie Evans, was an early financial supporter of Obama's, serving as a bundler for his campaign and donating the maximum to his primary and general election campaigns, as well as thousands of dollars to the Obama Victory Fund. Code Pink also organized get out the vote efforts for Obama.Code Pink's affiliation with witchcraft was present at its creation--a Wiccan who calls...
  • Lithuanian firm hires witch to hunt debt dodgers

    01/18/2009 1:47:33 PM PST · by BGHater · 8 replies · 367+ views
    AP ^ | 15 Jan 2009 | LIUDAS DAPKUS
    <p>In these difficult times for creditors, a Lithuanian debt collector is offering an unconventional service to retrieve arrears: witchcraft.</p> <p>The Vilnius-based firm has hired Vilija Lobaciuviene, the Baltic nation's most famous self-styled witch, to hunt down companies and individuals who are failing to pay their debts amid the credit crunch.</p>
  • Is the Man of Sin Revealed (and is it 0bama?)

    12/02/2008 11:13:43 AM PST · by mkjessup · 163 replies · 5,685+ views
    Five Doves ^ | 2 December 2008 | John Tng
    Ted Porter was insightful regarding Rev 13:18 -- the 666 scripture (see link). Ted wrote: Why does this verse specify that “him that hath understanding” is required to count the number of the beast? Why does it say “Here is wisdom”? Why can’t just anyone count the name of the beast? Why can’t we just have a computer take names and find out which ones equal 666?" Note the requirements to solving the riddle: understanding, wisdom and counting. Ted is right. Pure counting alone seems too easy (the way Ted puts it, it takes zero wisdom). Now this whole business...
  • Are Witches Real?(Bet Your Bottom Dollar!)

    10/31/2008 9:54:16 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 46 replies · 1,707+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10/28/08 | By Father Dwight Longenecker
    Are witches real? Of course they are. Are they skinny old women with green skin, pointy chins and warts on their noses, who cackle over cauldrons? Of course not. Do they attend an academy called “Hogwarts,” play a form of hockey on their broomsticks and battle mythical beasts? Is “Samantha,” a pretty middle-class suburban wife with magical powers and a gaggle of kooky and spooky family members, a witch? Of course not. All of that is an attempt to make us believe that there are not really such things as witches.
  • Block [sic] African witchcraft curses against McCain and Palin

    10/20/2008 2:03:35 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 20 replies · 1,634+ views
    InJesus.com ^ | 9/28/08 | Jim Bramlett
    Jim BramlettBlock African witchcraft curses against McCain and Palin NOW! Jim Bramlett Sep 28 2008 04:12PM Dear friends: THIS IS EXTREMELY SERIOUS. Minutes ago I spoke with friend Dr. Norman G. Marvin, M.D. and he is so concerned at what he has learned about Barack Obama's family in Kenya that he is calling a special prayer meeting in his home to pray against the witchcraft curses attempted by them against John McCain and Sarah Palin. Dr. Marvin sent me the below e-mail from Flo Ellers.  Flo is credentialed with the International Fellowship of Ministries which is based in Washington...
  • Palin once blessed to be free from 'witchcraft'

    09/25/2008 4:30:56 AM PDT · by prairiebreeze · 80 replies · 2,286+ views
    yahoo / ap ^ | September 25, 2009 | GARANCE BURKE
    A grainy YouTube video surfaced Wednesday showing Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church three years ago by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office. The video shows Palin standing before Bishop Thomas Muthee in the pulpit of the Wasilla Assembly of God church, holding her hands open as he asked Jesus Christ to keep her safe from "every form of witchcraft." "Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan," Muthee said as two attendants placed their hands on Palin's shoulders. "Make her way...
  • Palin free from 'witchcraft' (BRING IT ON)

    09/25/2008 1:46:57 AM PDT · by igoramus08 · 28 replies · 1,105+ views
    News.com.au ^ | September 25, 2008
    A YOUTUBE video has surfaced showing Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin being blessed in her hometown church by a Kenyan pastor who prayed for her protection from "witchcraft" as she prepared to seek higher office three years ago. Governor Palin is shown standing with her hands open before Bishop Thomas Muthee in the Wasilla Assembly of God church as he asked Jesus Christ to keep her safe from "every form of witchcraft", the Associated Press reported. "Come on, talk to God about this woman. We declare, save her from Satan," Pastor Muthee said as two attendants placed their hands...
  • Living in fear: Tanzania's albinos

    07/25/2008 3:00:21 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 14 replies · 48,348+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 July 2008 | Karen Allen
    Once, albinos used to seek shelter from the sun. Now they have gone into hiding simply to survive, after a series of killings linked to witchcraft. In Tanzania, 25 albinos have been killed in the past year. The latest victim was a seven-month-old baby. He was mutilated on the orders of a witchdoctor peddling the belief that potions made from an albino's legs, hair, hands, and blood can make a person rich. Sorcery and the occult maintain a strong foothold in this part of the world, especially in the remote rural areas around the fishing and mining regions of Mwanza,...
  • Mosiah Chapter 12

    05/05/2008 8:15:37 PM PDT · by Grig · 59 replies · 89+ views
    THE BOOK OF MOSIAH CHAPTER 12 Abinadi is imprisoned for prophesying the destruction of the people and the death of King Noah—The false priests quote the scriptures and pretend to keep the law of Moses—Abinadi begins to teach them the Ten Commandments. About 148 B.C.   1 And it came to pass that *after the space of two years that Abinadi came among them in disguise, that they knew him not, and began to aprophesy among them, saying: Thus has the Lord commanded me, saying—Abinadi, go and prophesy unto this my people, for they have hardened their hearts against my...
  • Senate Majority Leader Cites Another Unforeseen Consequence of Iraq War

    04/28/2008 4:19:43 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 5 replies · 78+ views
    AZCONSERVATIVE ^ | 27 April 2008 | John Semmens
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) professes that “the consequences of America’s over commitment in Iraq are far broader and more insidious than Republicans will admit.” As a case in point, Reid cited the recent riots in the Congo. “While our resources have been sapped fighting a foolish war we didn’t need to start, greater evils are being perpetrated around the globe,” Reid said. “In the Congo, the forces of darkness have conspired to shrivel the penises of countless innocent men.” A wave of panic and attempted lynchings led police in Congo to arrest 13 suspected sorcerers for using black...
  • Penis theft panic hits city.. (Kinshasa, Republic of Congo)

    04/23/2008 4:36:27 PM PDT · by Stoat · 26 replies · 139+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 23, 2008 | Joe Bavier
    Penis theft panic hits city.. Wed Apr 23, 2008 1:06pm EDT   5:13am EST   By Joe BavierKINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft.Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital of...
  • Killing children a political ritual

    04/23/2008 9:48:34 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 25 replies · 117+ views
    The Toronto Star ^ | Apr 21, 2008 | Antoine Lawson
    LIBREVILLE, gabon–When the body of 13-year-old Ralph Edang N'na was found drained of blood and with gaping wounds in his genitals, chest and neck last month, many in Gabon thought it was politicians who had ordered his killing. The murder of children and young adults, whose organs are eaten or used to make magical amulets, has increased in recent years in the oil-rich central African nation. Campaigners say some Gabonese politicians use the black magic rituals to boost their chances of winning lucrative government posts. With elections to municipal councils on Sunday, many fear a spate of gruesome child murders....
  • Lynchings in Congo as penis theft panic hits capital

    04/22/2008 8:23:11 PM PDT · by LonghornFreeper · 104 replies · 240+ views
    Reuters ^ | April 22, 2008 | Joe Bavier
    KINSHASA (Reuters) - Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft. Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur. Rumours of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo's sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of...
  • Witchcraft in America

    01/07/2008 2:54:26 PM PST · by truthfinder9 · 37 replies · 206+ views
    This looks like a good resource: When the day's news is about "witches," many Americans reflexively conjure up images of ugly, wicked hags from stories like "Snow White" and "The Wizard of Oz" – or more recently, the smiling "good witches" of Harry Potter books and films. But none of these fictional fantasies has anything to do with the real thing. The real thing – that is, the stunning phenomenon of more and more American housewives, students, professors, and even soldiers self-identifying as "witches" – is the topic of the January edition of WND's elite monthly Whistleblower magazine. Titled "WITCHCRAFT...
  • Man killed on Mexico's Caribbean coast for casting an 'evil eye'

    03/24/2008 4:44:25 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 7 replies · 333+ views
    CANCUN, Mexico: Two men have confessed to brutally killing a man who made his living practicing witchcraft because they believed he had put an "evil eye" on a relative, officials on Mexico's Caribbean coast said Monday. The two men, and a third who remained at large, stabbed 28-year-old Lucas Dominguez seven times, crushed his skull with a rock and tried to burn his body, according to Luis Raymundo Canche, assistant prosecutor for Quintana Roo state. The attack occurred Saturday near the resort of Cancun. Canche said Pedro Nunez Alvarez, 24, and Gustavo Perez Nunez, 19, were arrested Sunday and that...
  • Campaigners bid to clear the 'witch' who leaked WWII secrets about sinking battleship[UK]

    03/02/2008 10:55:54 AM PST · by BGHater · 48 replies · 549+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 01 Mar 2008 | Andy Dolan
    When the battleship Barham was torpedoed by the Germans in November 1941, with the loss of over 800 lives, the Admiralty delayed announcing the news to maintain morale. But the secrecy was ended within a few days when medium Helen Duncan told a couple during a seance that their son, a sailor on the ship, had appeared from the spirit world to tell them it had sunk. Witch? Helen Duncan, pictured in a portrait from 1931, was jailed for nine months in 1944 under the Witchcraft Act of 1735 In one of the most bizarre acts of the Second World...
  • Saudi woman facing death penalty for 'witchcraft'

    02/17/2008 3:31:44 PM PST · by ddtorquee · 11 replies · 458+ views
    Religious intelligence ^ | 15 February 2008
    Fawza Falih was condemned to death by a court in the town of Quraiyat after confessing under interrogation to having used sorcery to bewitch people. ...Saudi Arabia’s religious police, the Muttawa, arrested Falih in 2006, and after 35 days’ detention and interrogation, she signed a statement confessing to having been a witch. However, at trial Falih repudiated her confession, saying it had been extracted under torture. Human Rights Watch also charged the Saudi woman’s trial was flawed, alleging misconduct on the part of the judge and prosecutor. An appeals court threw out the death penalty in September 2006, but the...
  • Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft' ("One man claimed she had made him impotent.")

    02/14/2008 9:14:37 AM PST · by Stoat · 45 replies · 229+ views
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | February 14, 2008
    Saudi Arabia to execute woman for 'witchcraft'  Thursday, February 14, 2008 A leading international human rights organisation is calling on Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah to halt the planned execution of a woman accused of "witchcraft". The woman is due to be put to death on foot of a coerced confession and the statements of witnesses who said she had "bewitched" them. One man claimed she had made him impotent. In another case, a divorced woman reportedly returned to her ex-husband during the month predicted by the witch said to have cast the spell. The court failed to probe alternative explanations...
  • 2 Girls Killed in 'Strange Ritual' Slaying in Iowa

    01/08/2008 12:52:44 PM PST · by Scythian · 32 replies · 249+ views
    DES MOINES, Iowa — A man has been charged with the stabbing and strangulation murder of his two stepdaughters in what police are calling a "spell gone bad" in the family's Sioux City, Iowa, home. Police Lt. Marti Reilly said Harris had been performing "some strange ritual" and told officers he cast a spell that had gone bad. Reilly said he could offer no other details on how the girls were killed.
  • Saudi executes Egyptian for practising "witchcraft"

    11/04/2007 11:33:52 PM PST · by PRePublic · 19 replies · 597+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2 Nov 2007
    Saudi executes Egyptian for practising "witchcraft" Fri 2 Nov 2007, 19:44 GMT RIYADH, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia executed on Friday an Egyptian man convicted of "sorcery", desecrating the Muslim holy book and adultery, the official news agency said. The Saudi Press Agency said Mustafa Ibrahim was put to death in Riyadh in a controversial case which has drawn criticism from rights activists. It said Ibrahim had been accused by another foreign resident of practicing magic in order to separate him from his wife and said evidence had been found in his home, including books on black magic, a...
  • L.I. wiccan mom's set to observe 'Samhain,' not Halloween

    10/22/2007 9:50:39 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 43 replies · 256+ views
    NYDAILYNEWS.com ^ | October 22nd 2007 | RICHARD WEIR
    Bonnie Thompson's Hicksville house is bedecked with all kinds of witch decorations. There are witch-on-broomstick weather vanes staked in her flower beds and witch chimes dangling below her mailbox. Sitting atop the sill of her bay window are small iron cauldrons and witch figurines. But none of these objects is there because Halloween is coming. Thompson is a real witch, or wiccan to be more exact, who follows the concepts and rituals taught by Richard and Gypsy Ravish. The Salem, Mass., couple are head priest and priestess of the Temple of Nine Wells and initiated Thompson into wicca. As the...
  • (Nigerian) MD Loses N$9m To ‘Witches And Wizards’

    10/09/2007 8:30:45 PM PDT · by P.O.E. · 22 replies · 814+ views
    The News (Nigeria) ^ | 10/09/07 | Adewunmi Adebiyi
    The Managing Director of Brother Trust Nigeria Limited, Apapa, Mr. Adedojo Aroloye, has narrated to an Ikeja High Court how he lost N9 million to some people who claimed to be witches and wizards. The N9 million fraud charge was brought against four accused persons, Kayode Awolumate, Sunday Omotayo, Joke Adamolekun and Ibrahim Adebisi. Aroloye told the court that he was defrauded by the accused, who claimed to be witches and wizards and promised to make him richer. Narrating the incident, Aroloye said his driver, Sunday Omotayo (one of the accused), introduced his father, Oluwole Adamolekun a.k.a. Gadaffi, No Mercy,...
  • Maid arrested after Saudi employer 'bewitched'

    10/07/2007 12:13:51 PM PDT · by Alouette · 25 replies · 843+ views
    AFP ^ | Oct. 7, 2007
    RIYADH (AFP) — Saudi Arabia's religious police have arrested a domestic worker accused of having put a spell on her employer, the Al-Madina newspaper reported on Sunday. The arrest of the maid, whose nationality was not revealed, followed a complaint by the wife of the employer who she said had been "bewitched by the maid". The woman said she suspected her husband had been put under a spell because he fiercely defended the maid from criticism every time she neglected her work. Members of the religious police, known as Mutawas, discovered "talismans and products of charlatanism" in a search of...
  • Mom's nude stargazing leaves toddler dead

    09/27/2007 4:57:16 AM PDT · by laotzu · 76 replies · 2,327+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 9/26/07 | (not given)
    ENCINO, N.M. — The body of a 15-month-old boy was found in a field Wednesday, a day after his mother told authorities that she lost him when she fell asleep stargazing. Search and rescue crews found the body of Richy Willis-Brown near a highway junction in Torrance County in central New Mexico, according to state police Lt. Rick Anglada. Anglada said an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death. "Right now we don't know if the child died of exposure or any other trauma," he said. Deputies said the boy and his mother had been seen along...
  • 'Witch hitman' jailed for life (South Africa)

    09/11/2007 11:25:39 AM PDT · by Stoat · 1 replies · 250+ views
    News 24 (South Aftica) ^ | September 11, 2007
    'Witch hitman' jailed for life 11/09/2007 19:47  - (SA)    Pietermaritzburg - A man promised R10 000 to kill a woman suspected of killing people through witchcraft has been jailed for life by the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The man, Blessing Malinga, 30, of Empangeni, pleaded guilty to the murder of Maria Buthelezi by gunning her down in her house after allegedly being hired by Mkhombiseni Sithole of Gluckstadt in northern KwaZulu-Natal. Several of Sithole's family had died recently, and they believed that the deaths stemmed from by witchcraft practised by Buthelezi. The Sitholes decided to kill her and hired Malinga, the court was...
  • Hillary's Prayer: Hillary Clinton's Religion and Politics

    09/07/2007 7:50:42 PM PDT · by Salman · 25 replies · 895+ views
    Mother Jones ^ | September 01 , 2007 | Kathryn Joyce and Jeff Sharlet
    For 15 years, Hillary Clinton has been part of a secretive religious group that seeks to bring Jesus back to Capitol Hill. Is she triangulating—or living her faith? It was an elegant example of the Clinton style, a rhetorical maneuver subtle, bold, and banal all at once. During a Democratic candidate forum in June, hosted by the liberal evangelical group Sojourners, Hillary Clinton fielded a softball query about Bill's infidelity: How had her faith gotten her through the Lewinsky scandal? After a glancing shot at Republican "pharisees," Clinton explained that, of course, her "very serious" grounding in faith had helped...
  • Men avenged 'witchcraft' murder (South Africa)

    09/06/2007 12:54:13 PM PDT · by Stoat · 14 replies · 464+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | September 6, 2007
    Men avenged 'witchcraft' murder06/09/2007 20:19  - (SA)    Johannesburg - Police say three men in the Mpoza municipality in Lusikisiki in the Eastern Cape have been arrested on Thursday for the murder of two men who they alleged had used witchcraft to kill their parents. Spokesperson Mduduzi Godlwana said a 79-year-old man had been shot in the stomach and the back and a 31-year-old had been shot once on the neck. "The men, who are brothers, admitted to killing the two and burning down their house," said Godlwana. He said two cartridges of 9mm pistols were found on the scene and they...
  • Why the Bible Forbids Paganism

    09/05/2007 1:43:28 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 21 replies · 707+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | 9/05/'07 | David Klingjoffer
    Wicca and similar groups are flourishing in America. They're also violating the biblical commandment against idolatry.My kids’ favorite baby-sitter assures me that she’s not a practicing witch, “though,” she says, “I do hang out with a lot of Wiccans.” There was the time, for instance, out on the Kitsap Peninsula, near Seattle, when she joined a group of witches for a “sky-clad” (that is, naked) romp in the woods, a May Day ritual. Having tossed off their clothes, the pagans ran around a maypole chanting in Gaelic. “The pole is a phallic symbol,” thirty-two-year-old Jenny helpfully explains. “They’re white...
  • Bush Apologizes to Wiccan Widow

    09/02/2007 1:34:34 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 278 replies · 6,212+ views
    UPI ^ | Sept 2, 2007 | UPI
    Bush apologizes to Wiccan widow Published: Sept 2, 2007 at 10:16 AM WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush apologized to a Nevada Wiccan who was left out of a presidential meeting with relatives of soldiers killed in combat. Rebecca Stewart, who sued to have the Wiccan symbol placed on her husband’s grave marker in a military cemetery, told The Washington Post the president called her to apologize. She said she explained to Bush the faith she and her husband shared. Sgt. Patrick Stewart was killed in Afghanistan in 2005. Stewart said she heard about the private meeting...
  • Woman Pleads Guilty In Blood-Drinking Sex Encounter

    08/26/2007 5:10:59 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 30 replies · 632+ views
    News5Phoenix ^ | August 26, 2007 | News5
    PHOENIX -- A woman pleaded guilty Friday to tying up a man during sex, slashing him with a knife and telling him she liked to drink blood. Tiffany Sutton, 23, originally pleaded not guilty to nine counts of aggravated assault. On Friday, she changed her plea, pleading guilty to one count of aggravated assault and one count of dangerous aggravated assault. Sutton was arrested Feb. 13 outside the Tempe home she'd been sharing with Robert McDaniel. Sutton claimed the two were living together, but McDaniel told police Sutton was a transient who'd been staying at his place for a few...
  • Harry Potter Fanatics Lash Out at Pope, Michael O'Brien, LifeSiteNews Over Criticism of Novels

    08/25/2007 10:00:49 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 24 replies · 866+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | August 23, 2007 | John-Henry Westen Editor and Steve Jalsevac
    Harry Potter Fanatics Lash Out at Pope, Michael O'Brien, LifeSiteNews Over Criticism of Novels Commentary by John-Henry Westen Editor and Steve Jalsevac Managing Director TORONTO, August 23, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - LifeSiteNews receives angry and often hate-filled responses to its news reports on mainly three subjects.The most hateful and threatening come from gay activists. Apparently, some cannot tolerate objective news reports containing information that in any way contradicts savoured personal opinion. For such, our news reports are "hate", even though hate or even anger is never intended in any LifeSiteNews report. We challenge them to point out where our reports include...
  • Missing from 'Harry Potter" – a real moral struggle,

    07/25/2007 1:00:58 PM PDT · by meandog · 331 replies · 4,839+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 07.25.2007 | By Jenny Sawyer
    If literature truly reflects society, then the end of the Harry Potter series spells trouble for us all. Because, after 10 years, 4,195 pages, and over 325 million copies, J.K. Rowling's towering achievement lacks the cornerstone of almost all great children's literature: the hero's moral journey. Without that foundation, her story – for all its epic trappings of good versus evil – is stuck in a moral no man's land. To be clear: This isn't a critique of Ms. Rowling's values. It's a recognition of a disturbing trend in commercial storytelling and Western society. For those who've yet to finish...