Keyword: witchcraft

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  • Terrifying Haunting or Clever Hoax? (Drummer of Tedworth)

    05/18/2006 8:58:07 PM PDT · by CurlyBill · 5 replies · 311+ views
    Ohmy News ^ | May 18, 2006 | C.H.L. George
    Terrifying Haunting or Clever Hoax? Was Mompesson's ghost a genuine spirit? In 1662 English landowner John Mompesson began telling the world that his household was haunted by an evil and mischievous spirit. In a letter to William Creed, Regius professor of Divinity at Oxford and a relation by marriage, he said that he had initially thought that the disturbances were the work of burglars, before being forced to conclude that they could only be supernatural. He blamed the visitations on the witchcraft of William Drury, a drummer he had caused to be arrested in March for claiming money under false...
  • Kentucky Sunday school teacher admits sexually abusing teen who he threatened.....

    10/16/2014 3:48:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    MailOnline ^ | Darren Boyle for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: Kentucky Sunday school teacher admits sexually abusing teen who he threatened to kill using witchcraft if the boy told anybody about the attacks A Sunday teacher has been charged with abusing a teenage boy after an investigation by an investigation by Eubank Sheriff's Department in Kentucky. Rex Allen Murphy, 30, has been charged with first-degree sexual abuse, use of a minor under 18 for sexual performance and third-degree sodomy. Murphy was taken into custody and is being held in Pulaski County Detention Center where he is being held on a bond of $50,000.
  • Want to Start an Argument (among Catholics)? Just Say “Yoga”

    07/01/2014 4:20:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 95 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | January 19, 2014 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    Yelling “fire” in a crowded theater can get you into trouble. So can saying “yoga” in a group of Catholics.I just do it for the stretches, I don’t do anything religious.It’s evil…the work of the devil.Oh please! The next thing you’ll be telling me is the number 13 brings bad luck. Practicing yoga breaks the First Commandment; it’s pagan worship.And so it goes. And goes. And goes.Three years ago, I did an article titled “To Yoga or Not to Yoga.” Initially, I wrote it then put it aside for around a year. I was not sure I was up...
  • Swiss Memorial to Atone for Killing of 'Witch' in Age of Enlightenment

    06/13/2014 6:36:43 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Jun 13, 2014
    The Swiss town that ordered Europe's last execution for witchcraft will unveil a memorial on Friday for the woman beheaded more than 200 years ago, accused of bewitching a child. Servant Anna Goeldi was denounced as a witch after her employer's eight-year-old daughter fell ill and began spitting up pins during fits of coughing, according to documents in the local archives. Authorities in Glarus, central Switzerland, became convinced Goeldi was a witch after she later appeared to cure the child using supernatural powers.
  • Saudi Arabia: Arrests made in sorcery and infant rape cases

    10/30/2013 3:58:37 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 4 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 10/30/13
    Two separate gang-rape crimes and one specific charge of sorcery within the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are being reported in a single article by the Persian Gulf-centered news portal Emirates 24/7 on Oct. 29, 2013. Life's a Witch... With Islamic sharia law being at the core of the Kingdom's legal and penal system, a yet to be identified Filipina has been picked up by the Saudi Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (aka: "The Morality Police) on charges of being a sorceress. Identified only as being "a woman in her 40s," the accused practitioner of the...
  • Saudi Arabia's War on Witchcraft

    08/25/2013 3:36:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Atlantic ^ | AUG 19 2013 | RYAN JACOBS
    A special unit of the religious police pursues magical crime aggressively, and the convicted face death sentences.The sorceress was naked. The sight of her bare flesh startled the prudish officers of Saudi Arabia's infamous religious police, the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (CPVPV), which had barged into her room in what was supposed to be a routine raid of a magical hideout in the western desert city of Madinah's Al-Seeh neighborhood. They paused in shock, and to let her dress. The woman -- still unclothed -- managed to slip out of the window of...
  • Pro-choice witch sells voodoo dolls of Gov. Rick Perry to raise money for Planned Parenthood

    08/24/2013 7:00:37 PM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies
    Live Action ^ | Sarah Terzo
    A woman who makes corsets for fetishists and those who practice bondage has come up with a novel way of making money for Planned Parenthood. Michelle Sinched, who lives in Houston, Texas, wanted to protest the legislation banning late term abortions and setting up safety guidelines for abortion clinics. So she’s making and selling voodoo dolls of Governor Rick Perry. You can’t make this stuff up. The voodoo dolls, which come with pins, range in price from $25-$30. The $25 version sports a t-shirt with a coat hanger on it. The more expensive version is attired in a tuxedo. Each...
  • O'Donnell: IRS 'Set Up A Back Door' for Political Opponents to Access Tax Records

    07/22/2013 10:58:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/22/13 | Lindsey Grudnick
    Christine O’Donnell, the former Tea Party–backed Senate candidate from Delaware, was interviewed on Sean Hannity’s radio program today about the renewed investigation into whether she was targeted by the IRS during her 2010 campaign. She alleges that the IRS “set up a back door for people working in partisan offices to get into the IRS database” and use confidential tax information to influence elections. On the day she announced her 2010 Senate bid, O’Donnell said, the IRS erroneously issued a tax lien against her on a home she didn’t own anymore, which held that she owed the government $12,000. While
  • Saudi Police Arrest Flying, Naked, African ‘Sorceress’

    07/09/2013 3:48:15 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 47 replies
    Front Page ^ | June 13, 2013 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Men from the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice were surprised to find a naked African sorceress while conducting a raid on one of the dens of “Magic and Sorcery” in Medina. The men reported that they tried to cover the witch but she refused. The biggest surprise for them was when she “flew like a bird” out of the room and disappeared from the apartment leaving the twenty men of the committee in awe. According to the newspaper ‘Ukaz (issued Monday, May 29, 2006), the men of the Committee carried out the raid on...
  • There’s an Actual Pagan Academy in NYC Training Adults to Become Real-Life Witches

    06/18/2013 12:16:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Jun. 17, 2013 10:51am | Billy Hallowell
    Those who dislike or are relatively unfamiliar with the occult will likely be surprised to learn that a witchcraft school—like an adult version of Hogwarts—is in full operation in the center of New York City. The Wiccan Family Temple Academy of Pagan Studies, while certainly different from the fictional school that Harry Potter and his friends attended, does provide some intriguing elements that will serve as a surprise to those with little familiarity with Pagan beliefs and witchcraft. The academy, according to information on its web site, offers affordable training, which includes coverage in the “Path of Wicca,” Starlight Vision...
  • Suspected witch bound, tortured, burned alive in Papua New Guinea

    02/08/2013 9:56:47 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 47 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Friday, February 8, 2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    A mob stripped, bound, tortured then burned to death a woman accused of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea, as hundreds of witnesses — including children — watched and took photographs. The pictures were published on the front pages of the Oceania nation’s largest circulation newspapers, Associated Press reports.
  • Ex-WoF Testimony: Ex-WoFer is also a Former Witch who says The Word of Faith is Witchcraft

    02/07/2013 4:49:08 AM PST · by damonw · 23 replies
    THE WORD on the Word Of Faith ^ | 02/07/13 | Damon Whitsell
    SNIPPET: "I posted an article I wrote on Joyce Meyers at FreeRepublic.com and when someone responded that they liked her I claimed that The Word of Faith teaching is really Witchcraft veiled in Christians terms. In disbelief he said that he had attended one of Meyer’s meetings with his daughter and son-in-law and that he “didn’t really see anyone there who looked like a good advocate for witchcraft”. I responded…" ADDITIONAL COMMENTS: Article is a testimony from a former witch who became word of faith after coming to Christ, and after time came to believe she had Gods blessing to...
  • Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection

    09/09/2012 8:00:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 105 replies
    This work was originally published in Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought, Vol. 27, No. 3, Fall 1994, pp. 117-194. The paper received considerable notice, and in 1995 the Mormon History Association recognized Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection with its annual award for the best article in Mormon studies. [snip] The one thing about which we might all agree concerning Joseph Smith is that he was not the usual sort of person. He did not approach life itself--or his religious commitment--in a usual way. Yet the character of our historical investigation of Joseph Smith and his times has...
  • Police 'are too worried about political correctness to prevent abuse linked to witchcraft'

    08/18/2012 11:27:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14 August 2012 | Kirsty Walker
    Political correctness is preventing police from stopping child abuse in communities that believe in witchcraft, a minister said yesterday. Tim Loughton warned that a ‘wall of silence’ surrounded the problem. Police and social workers are to receive additional training amid fears of a rise in witchcraft-related murders and attacks on children. …
  • "They Ate Their Victims' Brains Raw": Cannibal Cult Arrested for Eating Seven Witch Doctors

    07/14/2012 11:49:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Mirror News ^ | July 13, 2012 | Agency Staff
    "They ate their victims' brains raw": 'Cannibal cult' members arrested after seven 'witch doctors' brutally murdered The cult members are thought to have eaten the witch doctors’ organs in the belief that they would attain supernatural powers and become ‘bulletproof’ Police in Papua New Guinea have unearthed a ‘cannibal cult’ in the jungle thought to be responsible for the murders of seven suspected witch doctors. The 29 cult members allegedly ate their victims' brains raw and made soup from their penises, according to police officials. Madang Police Commander Anthony Wagambie said: “They don’t think they’ve done anything wrong; they admit...
  • WWII veteran takes final flight on B-24 bomber

    05/12/2012 9:15:01 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | May 11, 2012 | Jaimee Lynn Fletcher
    The roar of the propellers cutting the air is what sparks memories for WWII veteran Howard Mann. "The sound is the same," he said. "The sound brings it all back." Mann, 92, was a passenger in the B-24 Liberator "Witchcraft" that took flight from Long Beach to John Wayne Airport on Friday as part of the Wings of Freedom exhibition at the Lyon Air Museum... The last time Mann was in a B-24 was Jan. 3, 1945, flying over the Pacific...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. The syllabus adds...
  • Sacrificial Ritual Site With Machetes, Animal Remains, Human Skull Found in NW Miami-Dade

    04/11/2012 8:21:20 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Wednesday, Apr 11, 2012 | Hank Tester
    It's a site for rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion, Richard Couto saysThe curious are beginning to seek out a bizarre site that sits nestled up against a major roadway in northwest Miami-Dade. The ground is littered with pots full of small tools, machetes, the remains of animals – and, before the police arrived, human bones and a skull. Richard Couto explains that it is a site for sacrificial rituals performed by practitioners of the Palo Mayombe religion. "They often use human remains in their ceremonial sites and that is exactly what we found at the bottom...
  • Witch 'King' Reveals Bid to Set up occult Centre in Bristol

    04/07/2012 7:36:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    This is Bristol ^ | Saturday, April 07, 2012
    A MAN who calls himself the King of all Witches wants to open an occult centre in Bristol. Magus Lynius Shadee says he is in the final stages of securing a venue in Park Row for his centre. The 66-year-old wants it to be the start of a franchise, and making an unusual comparison he told the Evening Post: "It will be a bit like McDonalds, but we encourage vegetarianism." Mr Shadee, who divides his time between homes in France and London, calls himself a practising occultist. He says his centre will offer services including ritual work, witchcraft and exorcisms....
  • Mexico Drug Cartels in Regions Steeped in Witchcraft, Demonic Influence

    02/18/2012 7:02:59 PM PST · by ruralvoter · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2/5/12 | Evelyn Cook
    Mexico's epidemic of violence first erupted in 2006, according to most accounts. But an ex-Muslim from India, who serves as a Christian pastor along the Texas-Mexican border, believes the problem began much earlier, with human sacrifice, witches, and the adoration of death in ancient Aztec days. (SNIP) "A large majority of the Valley's population is Catholic, but the Catholicism here is mixed up with ancient pagan rites, witchcraft, false religions like Santeria, Voodoo, Palo Mayombe, and other demonic cults, and the worship of false saints like 'Saint' Death and Jesus Malverde," Elijah said. "Basically, it all adds up to Satan...
  • Woman burnt alive for allegedly practising witchcraft

    02/10/2012 2:39:53 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 10 replies
    Times of India ^ | 10 Feb 2012 | anon
    GUWAHATI: A woman was burnt alive for allegedly practising witchcraft in Assam's Sibsagar district, police said here today. Phuleswari Halua (45), a mother of five children, was burnt alive by some residents of Jolah village of the district last night. A massive hunt has been launched to nab the culprits.
  • Earth's Polar Ice Melting Less Than Thought [but we're still doomed!]

    02/08/2012 11:13:58 AM PST · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies · 2+ views
    U.S.News & World Report ^ | February 8, 2012 | Jason Koebler
    Better technology yields better data. The bad news is the extra water from 2003-2010 would fill Lake Erie eight times By Jason Koebler February 8, 2012 RSS Feed Print Nearly 230 billion tons of ice is melting into the ocean from glaciers, ice caps, and mountaintops annually—which is actually less than previous estimates, according to new research by scientists at the University of Colorado, Boulder. If the amount of ice lost between 2003 and 2010 covered the United States, the whole country would be under one-and-a-half feet of water, or it'd fill Lake Erie eight times, researchers say. Ocean levels...
  • Teenager 'killed by relatives who believed he was a witch' ( UK : Multicuturalism )

    01/05/2012 1:47:32 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph Media ^ | 05 Jan 2012
    Kristy, 15, was in such pain after days of being attacked with sticks, a metal bar, hammer and chisel that he begged to die, jurors heard. His brother-in-law Eric Bikubi was joined by his partner, Kristy's sister Magalie, in the horror, said Brian Altman QC, prosecuting. And his other siblings were forced to join in before they were all placed in the bath to be hosed down in cold water with a shower head by Bikubi on Christmas Day, 2010. ... The jury was told that in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where the defendants are originally from, witchcraft...
  • Child sacrificed, liver offered to gods: Indian police

    01/02/2012 10:46:26 AM PST · by massmike · 9 replies
    http://news.yahoo.com ^ | 01/02/2012 | n/a
    A seven-year-old Indian girl was murdered in a tribal sacrifice and her liver offered to the gods to improve crop growth, police in the central state of Chhattisgarh said on Sunday. Human sacrifices occasionally make headlines in deeply religious and superstitious India, and usually occur in poor areas where some people revere practitioners of black magic. Two suspected child sacrifices were reported in Chhattisgarh in 2010, while in the same year the decapitated body of a factory worker was found in a temple in the eastern state of West Bengal. The victims are often ritually killed by witchdoctors to appease...
  • Associated Press defends Umbanda as an “Afro-Brazilian religion under threat”

    12/12/2011 5:58:36 AM PST · by juliosevero · 2 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Associated Press defends Umbanda as an “Afro-Brazilian religion under threat” By Julio Severo Lying in a pentagram is Rosa Cardoso, a woman that has practiced the Afro-Brazilian religion of Umbanda most her life and, according to the Associated Press (AP), has been “hiding her faith from the rest of the world”. Umbanda house of worship “Century-old Afro-Brazilian religion under threat”, the AP report by Juliana Barbassa, makes no mention of animal sacrifices, a practice not uncommon in the Afro-Brazilian religions. And, because her article obviously intended to portray Umbanda in a positive light as a threatened, poor religion, this omission...
  • Where child sacrifice is a business

    10/11/2011 9:38:53 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 Oct 2011 | By Chris Rogers
    The villages and farming communities that surround Uganda's capital, Kampala, are gripped by fear. School children are closely watched by teachers and parents as they make their way home from school. In playgrounds and on the roadside are posters warning of the danger of abduction by witch doctors for the purpose of child sacrifice. The ritual, which some believe brings wealth and good health, was almost unheard of in the country until around three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country's economy. [Picture] Stephen's decapitated body was found in a field ... Many believe...
  • Witches deploy 500 members to Abuja for Jonathan's inauguration (Nigeria)

    05/27/2011 11:58:13 PM PDT · by Stoat · 48 replies
    234Next (Nigeria) ^ | May 28, 2011 | TAIWO OLUWADARE
      Witches deploy 500 members to Abuja for Jonathan's inauguration   By TAIWO OLUWADARE May 28, 2011 05:06AM   The Witches and Wizards Association of Nigeria (WITZAN), has deployed 500 witches to Abuja and other parts of Ahead of Nigeria to prevent any tragic occurrence and ensure peaceful inauguration on May 29. According to its national co-ordinator, Dr Okhue Iboi, the decision was taken after an emergency meeting at Zuma rock, Niger State. WITZAN also warned President Goodluck Jonathan to take adequate security as bad people and disgruntled politicians are planning to cause problems. Iboi, however, disclosed that the...
  • Gang blinds Indian woman, accused of witchcraft, with scissors

    05/21/2011 7:09:22 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/21/11
    RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Eleven people stormed into a house in a central Indian village and assaulted a woman whom they accused of witchcraft, blinding her and her husband by stabbing them in the eyes with scissors, police said on Saturday. The incident took place on Friday in the Raipur district of Chhattisgarh state. Police later arrested 10 suspects. A family in Khaira village had been having money troubles and health problems, which they blamed on a 45-year-old woman, according to S.S. Baghel, a local police officer. "The accused blamed the alleged witchcraft power of the lady for their problems...
  • Africa: Male genitalia tops witchcraft list (Most popular trafficked body part)

    05/08/2011 11:29:31 PM PDT · by Stoat · 18 replies
    The Daily News (South Africa) ^ | May 6, 2011 | Nompumelelo Magwaza
    Male genitalia tops witchcraft list May 6 2011 at 08:14am By Nompumelelo Magwaza flickr.com Male genitalia are the most sought-after human body part for use in harmful traditional practices, including witchcraft, in South Africa and Mozambique. This is according to a research report released by the Mozambican Human Rights League in partnership with Childline South Africa in Durban on Thursday. The study also found South Africa had created a market for body parts trafficked from Mozambique. The research showed that at least one mutilation occurred in both countries every two weeks during the 14 months of the study between 2008...
  • 1999: Christine O’Donnell *CONDEMNED* Witchcraft on Bill Maher Program

    03/21/2011 11:06:32 AM PDT · by Moseley · 21 replies
    Bill Maher / Delaware News Center ^ | October 29, 199 | Christine O'Donnell on Bill Maher
    All of the news clips dishonestly edits this Bill Maher program from October 29, 1999, to misrepresent what Christine O’Donnell actually said. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZlbZl7vbLE&feature=player_embedded Christine O’Donnell was simultaneously: o REJECTING influences like witchcraft and Satanic influences in Halloween but o Reponding to criticisms that she was speaking from a lack of knowledge, criticism that she was exaggerating. Christine mentioned the dabbling issue to argue that she had KNOWLEDGE that withcraft and satanic influences are bad, and should not be celebrated. She was explaining that it was *BAD* — and that she knew it was bad from personal experience. When challenged on...
  • The Pro-Diabetes Board Washington state targets modern medicine.

    03/17/2011 7:49:24 PM PDT · by Eva · 116 replies · 1+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Friday, March 18, 2011 | WSJ editorial board
    The future tragedies of government health care will include today's many warnings about how it operates in practice. The subsidize-mandate-over regulate insurance model is imploding in Massachusetts. Then there's Washington state, where a government board may decide that modern medicine is too expensive for kids with diabetes. Seriously. In 2006, Washington created a board to scrutinize the cost-effectiveness of various surgeries and treatments, known as the Health Technology Assessment program. At a hearing today, the panel will debate glucose monitoring for diabetic children under 18. In other words, the board is targeting the fundamental standard of diabetes care that has...
  • Idolatry in the ELCA: Christ Sophia Mass

    02/03/2011 8:08:29 AM PST · by rhema · 19 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 02/01/2011
    The ELCA has placed their opinion over God’s Word. The denomination's actions and teachings show us that they place their own authority over God’s authority. They have made themselves god and that is idolatry. Not surprisingly this isn’t the only form of idolatry happening in the ELCA. ELCA church Ebenezer Lutheran, otherwise knows as herchurch, in San Francisco posted highlights from their Christ Sophia Mass in 2009 on youtube. Pastor Stacy Boorn opens the service this way, “Welcome to the Christ Sophia mass, the incarnation of she who is all wisdom. . .” At the 2:33 minute mark of the...
  • Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Frightening, twisted shrine in Arizona killer Jared Lee Loughner's yard

    01/10/2011 4:14:22 AM PST · by GlockThe Vote · 78 replies
    N.Y. Daily News ^ | January 10, 2011 | Matthew Lysiak
    Gabrielle Giffords shooting: Frightening, twisted shrine in Arizona killer Jared Lee Loughner's yard BY Matthew Lysiak In Tucson and Lukas I. Alpert DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS Monday, January 10th 2011, 4:00 AM DAILY NEWS EXCLUSIVEMiniature altar with human skull replica in backyard tent at Jared Lee Loughner's home. DAILY NEWS EXCLUSIVETent containing shrine in Jared Lee Loughner's Tucson backyard. Related NewsArticles Giffords' husband blames inflammatory rhetoric for shootingBystanders help subdue Arizona killerA sinister shrine reveals a chilling occult dimension in the mind of the deranged gunman accused of shooting a member of Congress and 19 others. Hidden within a camouflage...
  • Gitmo Detainee: Joooos Used Witchcraft on Prisoners... Cat Was Trying to Have Sex With Me…

    12/20/2010 9:36:12 AM PST · by MindBender26 · 58 replies · 1+ views
    (MEMRI)- Following are excerpts from an interview with Walid Muhammad Hajj a Sudanese released from Guantanamo Prison, which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on December 12, 2010: Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes. The most common method to wear down the brothers was witchcraft. Interviewer: How did they do this? Walid Muhammad Hajj: There were, of course, Jews among the [staff of] the Guantanamo Base, and they would set traps for the guys. Interviewer: Give me an example of witchcraft. Walid Muhammad Hajj: Witchcraft was used on most of the guys. Interviewer: They would cast a spell on them? Walid Muhammad Hajj: Yes,...
  • Harry Potter-Witchcraft Killing India's Owls: Minister

    11/07/2010 1:01:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    Earthweek ^ | 11/05/2010
    The popularity of Harry Potter, and dabbling in the dark arts, are responsible for the demise of wild owls in India, according to the country’s environment minister. “Following Harry Potter, there seems to be a strange fascination even among the urban middle classes for presenting their children with owls,” said Jairam Ramesh. His warnings came as a new report on the illegal trade of the endangered birds was released by Traffic, an organization working to protect them. The report also says that the practice of sacrificing owls and using their body parts in ceremonial rituals on auspicious occasions is also...
  • Woman Killed for Practising Witchcraft

    10/29/2010 2:05:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 6 replies
    Times of India ^ | Oct 29, 2010
    An old woman was killed by unidentified persons at Chhattarpur village under the Raidih police station, 30 km from the district headquarters, on Wednesday night. The victim, identified as Mangla Oraon (70), was found dead at the courtyard of her house, police said, adding the incident took place when her family members had gone out to celebrate Karma festival and the woman was alone in her house. Though villagers are keeping mum, police suspect she was killed by villagers for practising witchcraft. Victim's son Sukhdeo Oraon, who lodged a complaint in this regard with the Raidih police station, said he...
  • Call for Law on Witchcraft and Human Rights

    10/18/2010 1:27:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    GNC ^ | 10/18/2010
    A former Chairman of the National Commission on Culture, Professor George Hagan has called for a legislation to make it a criminal offence for people who infringe on the rights of innocent Ghanaians particularly old women and accuse them of witchcraft. According to him, such people accused for possessing witchcraft are not only dragged out of the community, beaten up and disgraced, but often lose their lives. Speaking at a conference on Witchcraft and Human Rights in Kumasi, Professor Hagan noted that, the criminalization of the issue would go a long way to stop the inhuman attitude that is on...
  • Woman Hassled Over Witchcraft (Not Running for Delaware Senate)

    10/16/2010 9:42:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Cameroon Tribune ^ | 10/14/2010
    «Mbamba» was tortured for hours by crowds which accused her of merciless witch practices. Last Sunday noon, an enraged mob paraded a weary old woman, half naked, along the streets of the New Bell neighborhood in Douala, for close to two hours, reproaching her of reeking witch practices. The furious prosecutors said “Mbamba” as the more than 80-year-old woman was fondly called, had mysteriously swallowed several children at the New Bell locality, and lures many pregnant women to enigmatic miscarriages. “No pregnant woman finds peace in the neighborhood,” said one of the actors. “In their dreams, nearly every expectant woman...
  • ‘Goblins’ Land Pair Behind Bars

    10/16/2010 9:19:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Herald ^ | Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Noah Pito
    A HURUNGWE man, who has been in the business of manufacturing replicas of goblins for sale to a witch-hunter, commonly known as Tsikamutanda, to extort villagers’ livestock and money has been arrested. Nicholas Machowani (26) of Mabhoyi Village was jailed for an effective nine months by Karoi magistrate Mr Obedience Matare. Machowani was last Friday slapped with a 12-month jail term after he pleaded guilty to possessing three “goblins” that he intended to sell to Tsikamutanda, Brian Nicks-Chikepe of Makande. Mr Matare suspended three months of the sentence on condition of good behaviour. On September 28 this year at Makande...
  • Mozambican Boy Castrated for Witchcraft

    10/16/2010 4:05:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Capital FM ^ | 10/15/2010
    Two men were sentenced to 20 years in prison for cutting off a nine-year-old boy's testicles, penis and eyes to sell to a Malawian witchdoctor, Mozambican state radio reported Thursday. One of the men was the boy's uncle, who lured him with crackers to go rat-hunting in woods near the Malawi border, while the accomplice hid nearby, the court sentence read. One attacker covered the youth's mouth while the other hit him on the chest with a rock. They then cut off his organs and left him for dead, while one took the body parts in a bag to a...
  • Bolivian Cops Find Man Buried Alive Accused of Witchcraft

    10/14/2010 12:24:10 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Bolivian police have found the body of a man who was buried alive in a village in the central Cochabamba region by peasants who accused him of practicing witchcraft to kill another farm worker, local media said Saturday. According to the newspapers, the incident occurred last Aug. 20 in the community of Pajcha at some 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the city of Cochabamba, when the peasants captured Jorge Cano Rojas to make sure that “justice was done” in the death of another local resident. After beating him, the peasants took Cano to the cemetery and buried him alive in...
  • Historian To Speak On Witchcraft In Early Connecticut

    10/11/2010 11:47:25 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | October 11, 2010
    Connecticut State Historian Walter Woodward will lecture on alchemy and witchcraft during the early years of the Connecticut colony in a presentation before the Windsor Historical Society at 7 p.m., Oct. 19. Woodward's talk will draw from his new book, "Prospero's America: John Winthrop Jr., Alchemy And The Creation of Early New England Culture." The work examines colonial Gov. Winthrop's interest in alchemy and the occult and his efforts to curb the Hartford witch trials, which resulted in seven executions, including two Windsor women. Tickets are $6 for adults; $5 for seniors and students and $4 for society members. Call...
  • David Axelrod...Christine O'Donnell, Blames "Witchcraft" For Presidential Seal Falling From Podium

    10/07/2010 11:40:30 AM PDT · by American Dream 246 · 37 replies · 1+ views
    Hotair Pundits ^ | 10/7/10 | Hotair Pundits
    Axelrod on CBS David Lettermen, at the end of the clip, he's also asked about Sarah Palin On the Presidential Seal, Axelrod said he had given the incident a lot of thought, adding, 'Weve been here almost two years, given 500 speeches probably ... it has never happened before.' And I can only think of one thing, 'witchcraft'
  • Christine O'Donnell's Younger Years: Forget Witchcraft, Think Media Godess

    09/24/2010 3:51:43 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 78 replies
    Politics Daily ^ | 24/9/10 | Suzi Parker
    Bless her heart. Christine O'Donnell has a lot of people angry at her -- Wiccans, Satanists, Bill Maher, and even some Republicans. No small feat, but reflecting on O'Donnell's history, it's par for the course. Maher made an appearance on "Hardball With Chris Matthews" Tuesday night to discuss O'Donnell, who made more than 20 appearances on his "Politically Incorrect" show years ago. Over the weekend, O'Donnell, who is the Republican Senate nominee in Delaware, said she made comments like the one about dabbling in witchcraft to help Maher with ratings. Maher called foul. "It's funny to me, Chris, because this...
  • Is the Left Rejecting Its Pagan Base?

    09/23/2010 2:50:55 AM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 23, 2010 | Jan LaRue
    Will Christine, the repentant "witch," or Chris, the unrepentant "Marxist," win the U.S. Senate race in Delaware? Political pundits and TV talkers are fixated on Christine O'Donnell's admission that she "dabbled into witchcraft" very briefly as a teenager. Whereas Chris Coons, O'Donnell's Democratic opponent, is a self-described Marxist, Sen. Majority Leader Harry Reid's "pet," and a former "volunteer for liberation theology" in South Africa, according to Jeff Lord's outstanding column on American Spectator. The leftist cabal is mute about Coons' Marxist meandering while railing against the conservative Christian who trifled with witchcraft as a teenager. I'm shocked, but I'm over...
  • Witchcraft and Marxism in Delaware (Is RAT Chris Coons qualified to represent the people?)

    09/21/2010 8:10:16 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | 9/21/10 | Gabriella Schwarz
    Witchcraft and Marxism in DelawareFrom CNN's Gabriella Schwarz Posted: September 21st, 2010 07:20 PM ET (CNN) - Delaware Senate nominee Chris Coons tried to set the record straight Tuesday in an interview that covered witchcraft, Marxism and Harry Reid. When asked by CNN National Political Correspondent Jessica Yellin if Republican Christine O'Donnell's controversial comments about witchcraft over a decade ago were relevant now, Coons said "I really don't think so." "My opponent spent more than a decade as a pundit on television so there's lots of clips of her saying things that I'm sure she wished that there weren't files...
  • Things That Are Worse Than Witchcraft...

    09/21/2010 7:22:26 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 12 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 9-21-10 | Jared H. McAndersen
    O'Donnell may have stupidly "dabbled in witchcraft" but I can think of a few things that may be worse...-------------------------------------------- Bill Maher having a nose that big and never realizing how bad his jokes stink. Being the "um" counter in one of Obama's teleprompterless speeches Watching Harry Reid try to convince a sports store clerk that he really needs that jock strap. Electing Charlie Crist to anything but Self-tanner Czar Barney Frank retiring from Congress to become the new spokesman for Viagra. Studying the medical phenomenon of how Biden's hair plugs take root anything to in that big empty head Pelosi...
  • Obama Mom-In-Law Practicing Witchcraft?

    09/21/2010 5:33:14 AM PDT · by DBCJR · 86 replies · 1+ views
    Barack Obama is reportedly steaming mad after learning that his mother-in-law is openly practicing Santeria in the White House. 72-year-old Marian Robinson, who lives in the White House and looks after Obama brats Sasha and Malia, began practicing the Afro-Hispanic witchcraft in the late 1980′s to help her ailing husband, who was crippled from multiple sclerosis. Robinson took him “to ceremonies where they did spells and trances, and sacrificed animals, chickens and goats,” which upset Michelle, a close friend reports. “But Marian was desperate and kept going anyway, even when her husband was to sick to go with her.” Michelle...
  • O'Donnell Witch Hunt

    09/20/2010 6:18:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 65 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 20, 2010 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Politics: The GOP's chosen nominee for senator from Delaware is being asked to defend comments about the occult. Hey, it's not as if she "dabbled" in the KKK or Marxism or seanced with a very dead Eleanor Roosevelt. Be careful whom you date in high school or what you dabble in to humor a boyfriend. Those skeletons in your closet may come back to haunt you, particularly if you become a conservative Tea Party candidate fighting to stop creeping socialism in America. Last Friday, comedian Bill Maher, whose cable show "Real Time" is considered by liberals as a real news...
  • Don't fall under her spell: Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell once 'dabbled into witchcraft'

    09/20/2010 12:10:14 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 124 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Monday, September 20th 2010 | Mike Lupica
    One of the new stars of the Tea Party movement, an entertainer recently mistaken in Delaware for an actual politician, is Christine O'Donnell. Start here with O'Donnell, just because you have to: Even Karl Rove thinks she is too far off the grid. This from a guy who thought Dick Cheney was fine. Delaware is a state that has about one-third the population of Brooklyn. O'Donnell, running for the U.S. Senate, won her primary race with just over 30,000 votes. Even the Mets occasionally draw more people than that. No matter, she was suddenly a new drum majorette for the...