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O'Donnell Ad Irks Witches

Delaware Wiccan Speaks Out on Christine O'Donnell
By Katy Steinmetz, TIME (blog) Wednesday, Oct. 06, 2010
"Among those Wiccans in Delaware, how has the reaction been to Christine O'Donnell's comments?
There was a lot of eye rolling. It obscures the actual issues involved [in Wicca]. Who knows what she did or dabbled in when she was in high school. I doubt very seriously that she knows what it was. Certainly I do not think that she has any concept about what witchcraft, Wicca or paganism actually is. I doubt very seriously whether she has any concept of what Satanism actually is.

How did you react to her conflation of witchcraft and Satanism? [O'Donnell said her dabbling included having a picnic on a bloody Satanic altar.]
One grows accustomed to it. It's a ridiculous and childish and uniformed conflation. Most monotheistic religions, as they encounter other paths and belief systems, tend to want to confuse those with their own conceptions of what is evil. Satanism is a Judeo-Christian-Islamic concept. To be a Satanist, one must believe in Satan. We don't do that. It's not part of our belief system at all."

Jenice Armstrong: O'Donnell ad irks witches
By Jenice Armstrong, Philadelphia Daily News, Oct. 6, 2010
"I wondered whether witches took umbrage at O'Donnell's referring to them as "questionable," as she did when questioned about her high school friends.

"She's an idiot. People that practice the pagan religion perceive her as such," said the Rev. Eric Lee, a Unitarian minister who runs his own coven in New Hope. "The woman believes in biblical evolution as opposed to scientific evolution. That's like saying cartoons are real."

As for her comments in 1999 on "Politically Incorrect" about having a first date on a bloodstained, satanic altar, Lee, who owns Mystickal Times shop, in New Hope, said "she obviously is coming from a point of no education in the pagan rite . . . [an altar] is a place where we honor the deities and we practice our religious rites. It doesn't have anything to do with sacrifice."

Tracy Frasche, a self-described witch who lives in Bergen County, N.J., was similarly fired up when I got her on the phone. "To me, it was disrespectful. Why isn't she just dropping it?" said Frasche, who's a mother of two and lives in an "affluent" suburb. "I believe that witches are people who practice divination. We are doing a witches' benefit for the children at St. Jude's [Research Hospital in Memphis] . . . . I'm a witch. I work in a surgeon's office. We are witches and that's who we are."

"There's a whole community of people that practice Wicca and other pagan religions. It's not like what everybody thinks," Frasche added. "She offended the Satanists and she offended the Wiccans, because the Wiccans have been trying to distance themselves from the Satanists . . . now she's annoyed everybody."

Toil and Trouble in Delaware
Aaron Kheifets, Wall Street Journal, Sept 22, 2010
Mr. Aaron Kheifets is a comedy writer whose work has appeared on The Onion News Network and Comedy Central.
"Many witches have also been clamoring for public schools to begin teaching Wiccan alternatives to evolutionary theory, such as the possibility that the world was created from the dream of an omnipresent life-force that likes flute music.

Ms. O'Donnell could score further points by advocating for mandatory time off for special events in the life of your World of Warcraft character or by demanding an official apology for the Salem Witch Trials, which would include reparations. Above all, she must focus on community outreach such as busing Wiccan voters to polling stations in case their parents won't let them borrow the car.

The level of interest generated by merely the mention of witchcraft is a testament to the power of the political juggernaut of Wicca. With witches willing to put Birkenstocks to pavement, going door-to-door for her, Ms. O'Donnell could even set her sights on the White House."
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Pagan Pride

Local Wiccans Disavow Christine O'Donnell at Pagan Pride Day
Michael J. Mooney, Broward New Times (blog). Tue., Sep. 28 2010
"Though O'Donnell's old statements have received a lot of attention, the credibility of her remarks has received almost no serious examination.

Clearly whatever O'Donnell believed herself to be was not a witch by its modern "eco-feminist" or "neopagan" definitions. Any mention of the Christian devil, or Satan, immediately dissociates O'Donnell's brand of "witchcraft" from modern Wicca -- Wiccans/witches do not believe in the Christian devil, let alone construct altars to him.
Most people didn't want to spoil the good mood by discussing O'Donnell. One woman, though, was outspoken on the topic.

"I think that she's an idiot," said a woman in her mid-20s wearing a long, floral-print skirt. "This is sad for America: If [O'Donnell] practiced witchcraft as an alternate religion, who cares? Why are we so obsessed with other peoples' personal beliefs anyway?"

She went on: "It seems to me that O'Donnell perhaps 'dabbled' in Satanism, and not witchcraft at all, or else something concocted by a lonely and unstable teenager in order to feel powerful. I don't believe Christine O'Donnell is or was a witch -- perhaps just something that rhymes with it.""

Pagan pride
Chris Selmek, Metro Spirit, Issue #22.10 :: 09/29/2010 - 10/05/2010
"AUGUSTA, GA - Augusta’s second annual Pagan Pride Day will afford Pagans and non-Pagans alike an opportunity to learn about this fast-growing religion.

Local coordinator Jezibell Anat hopes this celebration will serve as an opportunity to educate people, as well as let other Pagans know where to find support for their beliefs.

“We want to let people know that we are here and eliminate some of the prejudice and false assumptions that go along with Paganism,” said Anat. “We’re not trying to convert people, we just want to teach them who we are.”

This celebration will include a variety of information tables about local groups and events related to Paganism, as well as vendors and children’s activities. In addition there will be four informative workshops throughout the day: “Kitchen Witchery,” “Paganism: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” “The Pagan Library” and “Wicca 101.”

“Paganism is not an easy thing to define, because it’s really just a blanket term to describe a variety of earth-centered religions that view the earth as an integrated whole,” said Pagan Pride Committee Member Joe Zuchowski. “It encompasses a lot of different spiritualities including Wicca, Druidism and Goddess-centric religions, among others.”"
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Christine O'Donnell and Witchcraft

Cartoon does Wiccans a disservice
Arizona Republic, ‎Sep 26, 2010‎
"As a Wiccan, I was deeply offended to see Benson's cartoon on Tuesday, "The tea party's rising star."

Wicca has nothing to do at all with Satanism, which is represented with the inverted pentacle as in the cartoon. The pentacle is a representation of the elements - spirit, air, earth, water and fire.

There is nothing satanic in my faith. It is about revering life. Satanists corrupted it for their own misuse.

Perhaps people should try doing a little research before they judge something. Fear leads to hatred and only more suffering. - Megan Maclean, Scottsdale"

Intolerance shown in ‘witch’ controversy
Pantagraph.com, Bloomington, IL, September 24, 2010
"While I do not support the candidacy of Christine O’Donnell, nor do I have any impact upon what the state of Delaware thinks or does, I must wholeheartedly object to the way that many news agencies are covering the revelation that she, at least in part, has dabbled in witchcraft.
More often than not, the central message of these articles and reports are meant to challenge the validity of her campaign. The reporters and pundits, who are propagating this message of intolerance, mean to vilify the candidate, but do so without thought to what is actually being said.
So what if a candidate for the U.S. Senate “dabbled” with it when she was young? So what if she’s still a witch? Wicca — also known as Witchcraft — and its practitioners, who sometimes choose to self-identify as witches, is a religion which actually flows very well with true Christian messages of peace, love and harmony.
However you may feel about Wiccans, a person’s religion should never preclude them from running for political office, nor should their faith be wielded as a cudgel against them.
As a young, educated and informed witch, living in these United States, I find it abhorrent that anyone would condemn Christine O’Donnell based on her faith. Instead, focus on her political beliefs, her ethical fiber and her agenda — that should be more than enough to lose her the election this November.
Ryan Johnson, Bloomington"

Christine O'Donnell and Witchcraft
By Dani Alexis Ryskamp and Allison Reilly, The Perpetual Post, September 28th, 2010
"ALLISON REILLY: True, O’Donnell’s comments and past involving witchcraft aren’t worth the media hype it’s received. And true, they probably won’t mean anything to her political career in the long run. But as someone who lived with a Wiccan for two years, the definition of Wicca and its differentiation from Satanism and witchcraft must be specified.

Wicca is a peaceful, nature-based religion, that originated in the British Isles. A witch is someone who practices Wicca, often female, who through the Wiccan religion tries to understand humankind’s role in nature. Wiccans believe the humankind is part of nature, and not necessarily meant to be superior and in ownership of the Earth. Wicca is a religion, albeit not a mainstream one. Most people don’t take it seriously, but there are those that do, and misinformed comments and connotations compounds upon the toughness these folks have to fit into society with their religious identification. I’m sure there many more folks that can relate."

Christine O'Donnell Witchcraft Activity Confession SNL Parody
Politics and World News (blog). ‎Sep 26, 2010‎
"The SNL skit below was offensive to some, as it touched on Christine O'Donnell's personal views on sensitive subjects. At the end, she dons a witch outfit and flies away on a broom.
On the other hand, Christine O'Donnell is the joke of the Tea Party and the GOP. Her primary win has showed a riff in the Republican party. Karl Rove has spoken out against her while many others defended her.

So what are your views on the Christine O'Donnell SNL skit...was it too much?"

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Christine O'Donnell Dabbled in Witchcraft

Witchcraft for elected officials? Take the poll
Salem Gazette, Sep 23, 2010
"The following is a staff editorial. You can weigh in on the issue by voting in the Wicked Local poll, located to the right of this editorial.

Wiccans around the country winced collectively last week when a Republican senate candidate in Delaware, Christine O’Donnell, admitted she tried witchcraft as a teenager.

For some people, the news raised questions about whether O’Donnell is fit for duty as a senator, especially a conservative one. But for other people, there’s a broader issue: the effect of O’Donnell’s comments on witches and Wiccans.

Devil in Details? Christine O'Donnell Dabbled in Witchcraft
By Benjamin Radford, Live Science, 20 September 2010
"The fact that O'Donnell "dabbled" in witchcraft as a teen is by itself not particularly scandalous nor newsworthy — except among her ultra-conservative supporters. Some people claim to be vampires; some people claim to be witches, and a handful claim to be Satanists. They can, of course, call themselves whatever they like — maybe even "former witchcraft dabbler Senator O'Donnell.""

Christine O'Donnell, Witchcraft and the Importance of Religious Dabbling
Wes Isley, Huffington Post (blog), September 22, 2010
"Practicing Wiccans and other pagans--a group I loosely lump myself into--are upset at how their faith is once again being portrayed in the media. Ask yourself: Do you ever hear of anyone "dabbling" in Episcopalianism? Any Jewish "dabbler" stories out there? But whenever someone shows an interest in an alternative spiritual path, it's considered "dabbling," which carries dismissive connotations. But those who try out various Christian or other mainstream faiths are "soul searching."

Also implied in O'Donnell's statements about her brief Wiccan past and the media's treatment of those comments is the opinion that anyone who would practice witchcraft or something like it is simply too silly to be in public office. Someone might want to tell Dan Halloran, a pagan who represents New York City's 19th district. From my own perspective, Wiccan and pagan beliefs are only silly to those who don't know what they're talking about, which appears to be the case with O'Donnell herself. She may have, indeed, been hanging out with some "questionable people," and they may have told her they were witches and worshipped Satan, but her passing experience resembles nothing of what I know about Wicca. A friend of mine from high school is today a practicing witch, and I had the honor of conducting her wedding in 2009--no blood or Satan in sight.

And if pagans aren't considered "silly," then we're "dangerous" or "Satanic." But these weapons are used against other faiths as well. Currently, Muslims are everyone's favorite bogeyman. And don't forget the questions former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney faced about his own Mormon faith when he ran for President in 2008. "

Cerabino: Local witch dispels nonsense from tea-party charmer
Frank Cerabino, Palm Beach Post, Thursday, Sept. 23
""I watched what she said, too," said the Moon Dragon Coven's high priest. "It didn't make any sense. It was absolutely absurd. She was saying there was a satanic altar and a bottle of blood.

"These things don't exist outside of Hollywood," he said. "As far as we're concerned, she's a kook."

Chris said he's part of a community of a few thousand Palm Beach County residents who practice some form of pagan religion.

"Every Wiccan is a witch, but not every witch is a Wiccan," he said.

The reason why they're secretive is because of the nonsense spread by people like O'Donnell, he said.
It's a telling state of American politics when a local witch sounds far more rational than a mainstream-party nominee to the U.S. Senate."
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Christine O'Donnell's "Witchcraft" Comments Rebuffed by Satanist

I was wondering when the Satanists would chime in.

Christine O'Donnell's "Witchcraft" Comments Rebuffed by Satanist
by Stephanie Condon, CBS News, Political Hotsheet, September 21, 2010
"Some Wiccan leaders complained that witches do not believe in Satan. Diane Vera, the founder of a group called "NYC Satanists, Luciferians, Dark Pagans, and LHP Occultists" added today that O'Donnell's anecdote also misrepresents Satanists.

"As far as I am aware, no serious practitioner of any variant of either Wicca or Satanism would have a picnic on one's altar," Vera said in a press release.

Vera also cited a 1997 Washington Post op-ed O'Donnell wrote as head of the Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth (SALT). O'Donnell wrote about proselytizing to concert goers in the Washington area.

"Walking through the crowd I also noticed more pentagrams than crosses around the teenage necks," she wrote. "'Satanism is the religion of the '90s, I was told."

Vera responded that O'Donnell "has a tendency to confuse Satanism with not only Wicca but also rock fan culture.""

It's Not Devil Worship! Local Wiccan Skeptical of O'Donnell's Witch Date
Daniel Nester, Albany Times Union (blog), September 21, 2010
"Last night I spoke with The Reverend High Priest OakLore, founder and senior clergy of the Fellowship of Anamastia Coven based in Albany. OakLore and his congregation practice a form of Earth-based neopaganism known as “Druidic Wicca,” which he characterizes as “a celebration of the Divine as expressed in Nature and inspired by ancient Celtic tradition.”

A published writer and editor who outside of the Pagan community is known as E.J. Haley, OakLore is managing editor of Voyages Magazine, the official publication of the International Federation of Trekkers, or IFT. This makes our Rev. OakLore one very cool nerd. What makes him cooler still is that he teaches computer skills to veterans, and it was on the way home from that job that I spoke to him by phone. Who knew witches took CDTA?

But enough of my yakkin’. Let’s talk Tea Party witchcraft.

OK, Rev. OakLore, I assume you have seen the clip from Real Time, in which Bill Maher played a 1997 clip from from his old show, Politically Incorrect. In the clip, O’Donnell claims to have “dabbled in Witchcraft,” by means of having been on a date with a supposed witch. Do you think she’s telling the truth?

No. No way. The fact that her statement uses the terms ‘Witchcraft’ and ‘Satanic’ interchangeably tells me that she has had absolutely no exposure to genuine Witchcraft. There is no ‘Satan’ or ‘devil’ in witchcraft. The characterization of a single personification of evil, such as ‘Satan,’ is purely an invention of the Judeo-Christian mythos and is not a part of Wiccan belief or practice.

O’Donnell has since backed off from those comments and cancelled her appearances on a couple of last Sunday’s morning news shows. She’s since made light of it. How do you feel about her recent statements that she, like others in high school, “hung out with questionable folks.” Do you feel like a “questionable folk”?

That statement is wildly insulting. It suggests—and not at all indirectly–that practicing Witchcraft is a reason to call a person’s character into question. It casts a rather large and spectacularly unfair dispersion on an entire religion. Would it be reasonable to say the same thing about someone who practices Buddhism? What about Islam? [pause] Christianity?

Witchcraft is not devil worship, people! And the practice of it does not make a person evil! Witchcraft (and/or Wicca) seeks the illumination of human condition and aims to restore our inherent, transpersonal connection with the Divine as expressed in Nature. It seeks to uplift and empower the human soul and teaches us to be better people, working toward the betterment of ourselves and all our fellow beings. Indeed all life that shares this Earth with us is sacred. What is so ‘questionable’ about that?

And at a time when there is so much argument and vitriol over the wisdom—or lack of it—of building a mosque near ground zero, with all that has been said about the need for religious tolerance in the world, I cannot believe someone seeking public office would say something so disparaging of an entire belief system. Not to mention that said remark would pass without raising a single eyebrow! I mean…really?"

A Time to Reap: Fall Equinox Events Around the World
Molly Mann, Divine Caroline, September 21, 2010 ‎
"A Bewitching Celebration
Perhaps the best-known tradition surrounding the fall equinox in the United States is that of the neopagans, mostly Wiccans. Wicca is loosely based on ancient Celtic beliefs, symbols, and practices, with the addition of more recent Masonic and ceremonial magic, according to ReligiousTolerance.org. Wiccans view time as circular—as opposed to the linear time of monotheistic religions—and the equinoxes are part of the solar (yearly) cycle.

The autumn equinox, usually called Mabon (after the Welsh god of the harvest), is the second and main Wiccan harvest festival. Wiccans may celebrate Mabon the evening before, at sunrise on the day of, or at the exact time of the equinox. As witch and Wicca expert Dianne Schure explains, “Modern pagans (and I’m using that term as a catchall) are a group with sufficiently varied traditions. Not all of them would celebrate in the same way.”"
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Christine O'Donnell: "I Dabbled Into Witchcraft"

Christine O'Donnell: "I Dabbled Into Witchcraft"
by Dan Farber, CBS News, September 18, 2010
"Republican Senate nominee Christine O'Donnell doesn't need Facebook to dredge up her controversial past statements.

As a sometime conservative pundit a decade ago on Bill Maher's former show, "Politically Incorrect", O'Donnell said (in an appearance that wasn't aired) that she dabbled in witchcraft.

In the clip shown last night on Maher's current show, "Real Time," O'Donnell said:

"I dabbled into witchcraft -- I never joined a coven. But I did, I did. ... I dabbled into witchcraft. I hung around people who were doing these things. I'm not making this stuff up. I know what they told me they do. . . . "

"One of my first dates with a witch was on a Satanic altar, and I didn't know it. I mean, there's little blood there and stuff like that. ... We went to a movie and then had a midnight picnic on a Satanic altar.""

O'Donnell Laughs Off Witchcraft Remarks
AP, LINCOLN, Del., Sept. 20, 2010
"Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell is making light of comments she made more than a decade ago about having dabbled in witchcraft when she was in high school.

"How many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school?" she asked fellow Republicans at a GOP picnic in southern Delaware on Sunday.

"There's been no witchcraft since. If there was, Karl Rove would be a supporter now," O'Donnell jokingly assured the crowd."

Wiccan Community Upset With O'Donnell, Calls Witchcraft Comments "Teaching Moment"
Sam Stein, Huffington Posy, 09-20-10
""Yes, this was 11 years ago she said that," said Reverend Selena Fox, the High Priestess & Senior Minister of the Circle Sanctuary a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting paganism and nature spirituality. "But the kinds of things she is saying now, saying 'well in high school you are with despicable characters' or some such thing, she is actually defaming Wiccans. Whether she intends to do that or not as a way to try and get herself out of this political problem she has created for herself, the fact is America really needs to be a place where you can celebrate diversity and practice your religion without getting ridiculed or defamed.""

O'Donnell 'Dabbled' in witchcraft, but was it really witchcraft?
Samantha Torrence, World News Heard now, ‎Sep 19, 2010‎
"It is no secret Bill Maher is holding Christine O’Donnell hostage with her own past until she agrees to come onto his show. Bill recently released a clip of Ms. O’Donnell confessing that she at one point “dabbled” in witchcraft. She then went on to describe a scene more akin to what people see as the practice of Satanism. With this revelation she sparked debate amongst the populace that all seems to point to one question, “What is witchcraft?”

When dissecting the word witch many people automatically correlate the word to pertain purely to the neo-pagan practice labeled Wicca. A Wiccan or practitioner of Wicca has adopted the title of witch despite the current connotation associated with witchcraft as a satanic practice. The adoption of the title is meant to shed light on what is considered the innocence of those persecuted for practicing magic or pagan worship. Thus confusion is greeted whenever the word witchcraft is used."

Come Together: A Plea to Annoy Christians and Witches Alike!
by Stephen Green, Pajamas Media, September 20, 2010
"I’ll say this right up front: Your friendly neighborhood VodkaPundit has lots of secondhand — and even a little firsthand — experience with modern witchcraft. That’s right: I’ve broken bread with witches, suffered them to live, and lived to tell the tale.

But first you need to know that “witchcraft” is a loaded word, and an inaccurate one, too. Ask your modern witch what she (or he) calls herself, and most likely she’ll tell you: Wicca.

During my northern California days, and even here in conservative southern Colorado, I’ve known quite a few Wiccans. And way back in the day, I even participated in a Samhain ritual — mostly out of curiosity, not conviction. I’ve also been to Catholic mass, Jewish passover seders, and more. So, from the frontiers of religious exploration, I can report to you that Samhain was quite lovely, and that Satan was never once observed, not even in the breach.
If what O’Donnell said 11 years ago is true, then she wasn’t dealing with Wiccans, but with actual Satanists. And she has — inadvertently and through the “good” graces of Bill Maher — given Wiccans a platform to explain what they’re really all about. I would encourage them to do so.

And if O’Donnell is being disingenuous, then Wiccans have an even bigger case to make, and one heck of a juicy target to take down in the process."

Christine O'Donnell Angers Wiccan Community with "Witchcraft" Comments
Stephanie Condon, CBS News, September 20, 2010
"Delaware's Republican Senate candidate Christine O'Donnell may have lost the Wiccan vote. O'Donnell's decade-old remarks about having "dabbled into witchcraft," which resurfaced on Friday, were ill-informed and disappointing, some in the pagan community have said.

"Any political candidate that is going to equate witchcraft with Satanism is ill informed and is not likely to get the support of people involved in nature religion," Reverend Selena Fox, the High Priestess & Senior Minister of the Circle Sanctuary, told the Huffington Post. Her non-profit organization is dedicated to promoting paganism and nature spirituality.

Liberal pundit Bill Mahrer on Friday released a video clip from 1999 of O'Donnell talking about her foray into witchcraft in an appearance on his television show "Politically Incorrect." Over the weekend, O'Donnell brushed off the remarks, asking at an event on Sunday, "How many of you didn't hang out with questionable folks in high school?"

Fox said that O'Donnell's jokes are defaming Wiccans."

New Tea Party Media Strategy: No Media
by Chris Weigant, Huffington Post (blog), September 20, 2010
"Christine O'Donnell was going to appear on two nationally-broadcast Sunday political chat shows this weekend; Face The Nation on CBS, and Fox News Sunday. She appeared on neither, citing scheduling conflicts with a picnic in Delaware. Even Fox News didn't really buy this explanation, which is truly saying something. But it really should come as no surprise to anyone who has been paying attention this election cycle, because this appears to be the new Tea Party media strategy: "Don't talk to the media. Ever." What remains to be seen is whether it will work or not. If it proves successful, look for many future candidates across the political spectrum to copy this strategy in future races."

Christians, Witches, CREW All Have Issues With O'Donnell
Kenneth R. Bazinet, New York Daily News (blog), ‎ September 20, 2010
"Christine O’Donnell has compiled quite the enemies’ list in a just a week’s time.

Her “I dabbled in witchcraft” exchange with Bill Maher a decade ago has her in hot water “in southern Delaware where there are a lot of church-going people,” according to GOP political mastermind Karl Rove.

Even witches’ covens are slamming her today because she doesn’t know the difference between their practice of Wicca and Satanic cults.

“Any political candidate that is going to equate witchcraft with Satanism is ill informed and is not likely to get the support of people involved in nature religion,” Rev. Selena Fox, the high priestess & senior minister of the Circle Sanctuary, told the Huffington Post.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee circulated the article about O’Donnell angering witches to reporters with the headline “trouble with her base.” Ouch."

Media, Marxists and Witches
Bill Colley, WGMD Radio, ‎Sep 19, 2010‎
"My daughter was just a wavy haired little girl and was making some sand art at the Jordan Fall Festival when a reporter happened by and took a picture of her sweet face. This, I was informed, would be used to illustrate the festival in Monday’s paper. The next morning I was already at work when the paper arrived. No image of my daughter but there was a photograph of a woman promoting Wicca. It’s the name preferred by the granola chompers who practice what was once called witchcraft. When I called a friend at the news desk and asked why my daughter’s picture had been replaced by that of a witch, he replied Wicca was a legitimate faith.

Unless of course, a curious young conservative once explored Wicca to placate a date. Now they call it witchcraft and it’s bad. Bill Maher insists if Christine O’Donnell is elected she’ll cast a spell on the country. I guess unemployment would rise to 9.5 percent and the national debt climb into the tens of trillions?"

Christine O'Donnell's Lesbian Sister Is Campaigning For Her
Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic, 16 Sep 2010
"Will the Christianist base support a candidate whose sister has studied Wicca and pagan spiritualities and supports marriage equality for gays and lesbians? Apparently, Jennie believes that much that has been written about her sister is untrue."


Please inform your pundits that "I dabbled in witchcraft and my first date with a witch was on a Satanic altar" is NOT, I repeat, NOT the same thing as being a Witch. You are offending your progressive, pagan core viewers when you cite Christine O'Donnell's interview on "Real Time" and calling her a witch. Satanism is a twisted form of Catholicism. Satan is a Christian construct. The Black Mass follows the Catholic Mass in form and function, only the deities have changed. IT IS NOT WITCHCRAFT NOR IS IT WICCA!!!

Wicca is a religion and a way of life. Being in a coven is not a requirement to being Wiccan. Many Wiccans practice alone, for a variety of reasons. It is a religion that celebrates Life while acknowledging that Death is necessary for growth. It is a way of life that respects Nature and seeks to improve the Self, which in turn improves Society. There is no hate in Wicca. There are no missionaries. We do not seek to convert, only to educate. We honor Free Choice, in all forms and functions, and take Responsibility for our actions.

Do yourselves a favor and pass this on to your prime time pundits. It will be appreciated by those of your viewers who are real Witches.

Thank you.