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The Illegal Establishment of Religion is a Fast-Growing Trend in the U.S. as Religious Zealots Abuse State and Federal Legislatures and Courts

Posted in Anti-Witch, neo-paganism, occult, privacy, prosperity, self-defense, Traditional Witchcraft, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2019 by littleredridinghood

Note of 8/7/2019: Most of this article, the real substance of it, has been removed by the author. The original article is going to be incorporated into a longer work on this subject, which will be available at a later date.

Witch Persecution

Despite the existence of the United States as the oldest living republic and the first secular republic on the face of the earth, attempts to force religion, especially that of the Sinister Trinity (this is the author’s term for the major world religions as one entity), upon the people persists unabated. In fact, it seems that the effort has gathered steam, especially in the past few years.

Efforts to force Americans to submit to the God of the Sinister Trinity by passing dubious legislation seem to have begun in earnest about the time of the First World War, which is when a number of government, quasi-government, and private entities with that aim were created. (In the book, Traditional Witches’ History of the Occult Banking System, the author calls this the ‘In God We Trust System,” which has been illegally forced on Americans for over a century.) Such efforts gained more steam in the 1950s during the Red Scare, even more so during the 1970s, when Christian Evangelicals became more blatantly political, and then, again, in 2001, when George W. Bush signed an executive The Original Faith-Based Initiativeorder establishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives (OFBCI). This organization makes illegal use of illegally obtained Federal taxpayer funds to pay off and influence religious leaders in ways that benefit religious entities harbored both within and outside of the U.S. government.

Presently, different factions of the Sinister Trinity are openly fighting with each other for supremacy in the government and for cultural dominance, a circumstance which has proven to be gravely dangerous for witches and occultists in the past because we get caught in the crossfire. They are using the Federal and state legislatures, the courts, even the executive office, as well as tech companies and financial companies to wage this conflict.

It is important for witches, occultists, and other heretics to be aware of what is happening, to recognize the familiar patterns from our history, and take steps to increase your privacy and protect yourself from this growing existential threat. In this article, the author will attempt to give you a brief overview of recent developments, beginning with a look at the past, which is not really behind us. It is still with us in more ways than one.

Anti-Blasphemy Laws

While the Sinister Trinity’s centuries-old history of persecuting witches in the New World is well known, you may still be surprised to learn that in the U.S., despite the Bill of Rights, six states still maintain anti-blasphemy laws: Michigan, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Wyoming, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts. To “blaspheme” means to speak or write with contempt, irreverence, or disrespect toward God and related things.

As an example of such legislation, Massachusetts‘ General Laws, Part IV, Title I, Chapter 272, Section 36 of the Massachusetts General Laws, reads as follows:

Whoever willfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, His creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior. (https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartIV/TitleI/Chapter272/Section36)

The word, “contumeliously,” is used three times in this short paragraph of law. This is a word no longer commonly in usage in modern English. According to Merriam-Webster online, the word from which it is derived, “contumelious,” means “insolently abusive and humiliating.”

Also, notice that the paragraph refers to God’s “government.” This is because the Sinister Trinity believes that governments are ordained by their God and that government and law enforcement officials are God’s servants or agents. The idea of a secular state, a secular government, is radical and inherently “Satanic” in the view of the Sinister Trinity and they insist that the U.S. government comes from God, is the work of Christians, and is based on Judeo-Christian law. This is one reason they keep illegally erecting their contemptible “Ten Commandments” monuments on government property. It’s why they insist on the religious slogan, “In God We Trust,” being stamped on everything, public and private, and it was religious fanatics, in particular, Eisenhower, who passed an illegal Federal law in the 1950s declaring this statement to be the official motto of the United States of America.

This blasphemy law in Massachusetts, is similar to the kind of laws that exist in Pakistan and now modern-day Europe. Concepts of hate speech, which are incompatible with American laws, are being enforced in the U.S., upon American citizens, through private corporations in control of communications in the U.S. Increasingly, vital technology companies, first developed in the U.S., are now directly in the hands of those who are historically dangerous enemies to witches, occultists, and pagans outside the U.S. To learn more about these developments, please, listen: The Occult Files of Sophia diGregorio, “The First Monologue of 2018,” which may be heard, free-of-charge, by visiting The Occult Files of Sophia diGregorio WordPress blog at this link or it may be read in the book, The Occult Files of Sophia diGregorio, The Public Monologues of 2018, available from Amazon, other popular retailers, or in paperback directly from Winter Tempest Books in exchange for cryptocurrency.)

Numerous American States Require a Belief in “God” or the “Supreme Being” as a Condition of Employment

Traditional Witches' History of the Occult Banking System: How Witches and Occultists Can Use Bitcoin and Altcoins for Privacy and Anti-Discrimination

Traditional Witches’ History of the Occult Banking System: How Witches and Occultists Can Use Bitcoin and Altcoins for Privacy and Anti-Discrimination

For a long time now, a number of states require their government employees to profess a belief in “God,” aka. “The Supreme Being” as a condition of employment. The implications of this are described in, Traditional Witches’ History of the Occult Banking System: How Witches and Occultists Can Use Bitcoin and Altcoins for Privacy and Anti-Discrimination.

In some states, such as Arkansas, you are not allowed to be a witness in court or serve on a jury unless you profess a belief in “God” or the “Supreme Being.”

Recent attempts to overturn such pernicious, obviously unconstitutional laws have failed! Instead, we are getting more such laws.

Theoretically, there is no religious test for office. But, let us now count how many known witches hold public office. … [the sound of crickets]… You won’t find many garden variety atheists in office in this secular nation, either. The reason for this seems clear and the implications are sinister, to say the least.

By way of a conclusion to an article like this, you might expect to see some call to organize a protest or perhaps call your local senator or congressman, but the futility of such advice is self-evident. It was once said that unless you can mail a donation check to your representative in the tens of thousands of dollars, don’t bother to write because your letter will go into the waste basket. But, at this point, there is no amount of campaign bribery that would be effective in turning back this trend, even if you had millions of dollars at your disposal. The deck is absolutely stacked in the favor of the same powerful religious interests that have plagued W. Europe and subsequently the Americas for centuries.

Religious Fanatics Don’t Care If They Violate the Law or Your Inherent Rights

There are plenty of legislators, judges, and employers who do not care about Title VII of the Civil Rights Act or what the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC) says. Furthermore, they are serving their dark lord, getting brownie points to get into Heaven, and looking good in public to their fellow fanatics by discriminating against you. Even if you are a member of a well-establish witchcraft-based or pagan religion, they don’t care. They are all the more convinced that by fighting you they are “doing the Lord’s work.” You’ll have a lot of trouble getting your legal rights recognized in a government and a judicial system that is run, from top to bottom, by religious fanatics who, time after time, put their religion and their God, above the law, as repeatedly illustrated in the above examples.

Dangerous religious fanatics, who worship a composite of mostly malignant, blood-thirsty and flesh-hungry entities, which date back thousands of years in Mesopotamia and northern Africa and have been known throughout time as “God,” “The Lord,” and by many other names, have taken complete control of our government and the governments of many other rightly secular or pagan nations. The author calls the Sinister Trinity “sinister,” which means “left hand,” for good reason. It is all the things they—their doctrines and their followers—project at witches! Consider for a moment the things they commonly accuse witches of. Naturally, you are familiar with them. They are the ones doing these things. Consider the ongoing crimes of the Roman Catholic Church alone! They are the masters of inverting the truth, projecting, and scapegoating. (The 2nd Public Monologue of 2019, which is called “Scapegoating: or, How the Devil Got His Horns,” is available as a free audio file at The Occult Files of Sophia diGregorio WordPress blog.)

Centuries ago, the Sinister Trinity took control of our pagan civilizations. While there are no reports of anyone being dragged out of his or her house and burned at the stake just yet, our situation is not improving. Right now, they have entered the later stages of tyranny, similar to that which they have perpetrated against us in the past. If circumstances continue on, if we follow where this road inevitably leads, they will become ever more bold and aggressive.

Silence is Golden

The Wise are Silent

The Wise are Silent

In the face of these unsettling developments, along with corresponding cultural developments of the past few years, it is imperative for witches, occultists, and other heretics to maintain privacy. Take care in your use of social media, other methods of high tech communication, and transaction. Change the way you communicate and do business to protect yourself from the zealots, who have taken control of these things.

The corporate social media structure, just like the corporate banking structure and the government, is centralized. It is the nature of the beast to be easily compromised. It is beneficial to witches, occultists, and other vulnerable individuals to move away from centralized, authoritarian structures so that you can regain the personal and financial sovereignty to which you are inherently entitled.

While technology is often scapegoated as the cause of loss of privacy, it is, in fact, technology that provides a solution to many problems we are all facing. New technology now exists to take witches off the “In God We Trust System.” All you have to do is recognize it and start using it. It’s really that simple.

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Witchcraft in the Absence of Justice

Posted in Alternative Health, Anti-Witch, Black Magic, occult, privacy, prosperity, protection spells, self-defense, Traditional Witchcraft with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2019 by littleredridinghood

What is Justice?

persecution_of_witchesJustice means receiving fair treatment from others, in particular, systems of justice involving police and courts. It, also, means honesty and fair play when we interact and transact with others in society, whether in interpersonal relationships, in business, or in other day-to-day circumstances. Justice in the practical sense means being let alone, let be, left in peace. It means being treated with the modicum of respect owed to human beings–or, at least, to animals–and being allowed to exist without constant interference.

The Men of God Administering Their Justice

The Men of God Administering Their Justice

Justice has been unattainable for many witches. Anytime a person wants to be simply left in peace to live life in accordance with his or her own will, he or she is in a position to draw the wrath of authoritarians.1 This is a longstanding problem for witches, occultists, and other heretics, who are targeted and treated unjustly.

Witches are often denied the opportunity to practice the healing arts openly and women, in particular, are still specifically targeted for especially violent crimes, simply for existing. While the names of the perpetrators have changed since the 17th century and they don’t burn women at the stake anymore, they have other ways of targeting those whose existence presents an offense to the established systems of religion and medicine, which are a part of government and society and which remain unchanged despite outward appearances.

In this instance, “witchcraft” may defined as spiritual, healing, and other practices for which our ancestors were murdered because they are incompatible with official religion or government of the persecutors. Nearly every aspect of the system is at odds with the life and philosophy of a witch, whether legal, medical, financial, or educational.

How Witches Cope with Injustice in Society, the Justice System, and Other Established Systems

Because witches cannot count on justice, whether in the justice system or in society, you must rely upon secrecy and witchcraft when moving among the common masses, and often you must use other techniques, called “black magic,” to put an end to the targeting. It is often the case that the system of justice does not recognize crimes perpetrated against witches and most often against women (especially single women or otherwise socially non-conforming individuals) as crimes at all. Such abuses are regarded as a natural part of our lives that we should reasonably expect to have perpetrated against us and they are, therefore, permitted to flourish in the belief that witches and women are not worthy of the most basic human dignity and respect.

Justice for Witches

Witches’ History with the Justice System

After all, it was not long ago that our humanity was questioned by the establishment. They said we did not have souls. Even if they do not admit it, there are many who seem to hold onto the belief that women and witches do not have souls and are less than human. These ideas are deeply ingrained in their psyches, as evidenced by their own words and actions.

As a witch, you must look out for your own interests both by mundane means and by the power of witchcraft. Guard your privacy well, too, because anything that someone knows about you that can be used against you eventually will be and probably by someone you once trusted with your life.2 Do not assume that justice is a fair and equitable institution simply because some Men of God granted some rights to others of their kind.3 There are and always have been different applications of laws to different folks.4 Some people have always been regarded as more deserving of justice in court rooms overseen by men in black robes with Bibles in hand, while others of us have been regarded as less than human and in league with Satan and, therefore, not deserving of justice, at all.

Black Magic for Dark Times: Spells of Revenge and Protection

Black Magic for Dark Times: Spells of Revenge and Protection

Moreover, no law of man has ever prevented a crime against a witch or anyone else. You have an inherent right to protect yourself, to guard your own interests by whatever means you have at your disposal. You must do this for yourself because no one else will do it for you. Moreover, it is often the very justice system (or legal system) itself from whom you are most in need of protection.

In general, public sympathies tend to lie with the criminals. Crime flourishes not only because of the actions of criminals, but because of those abettors who love to “forgive” sinners, those lovers of prodigal sons. They love sinners and hate their victims, whom they frequently subject to even worse torments than the original crime itself. Secrecy and witchcraft are by far better alternatives in the face of such adversaries, who are the same now as they ever were. They just have different names, different titles, and different attire. But their smirking, smug expressions have not changed. Nor have their systems changed, which give the advantage their own parasitic, criminal kind and deny justice to productive members of society, those who produce, who create, invent, and innovate. Our adversaries have not improved themselves one iota.

Practical Black Magic: How to Hex and Curse Your Enemies

Practical Black Magic: How to Hex and Curse Your Enemies

It is not up to witches to free the world from itself. If the world is to be freed from these malefactors, it must free itself. Although it likely cannot. The day-to-day, mundane society and all its deeply entrenched systems are ruled by black magicians of the most malignant kind. Institutionalized justice is an illusion of their creation. It is they who maintain and promote it. If a small group of witches had the power to break the malignant spell the entire world has been under for thousands of years, we would have done so long ago. But, our numbers are small, we have never been particularly organized, our path is not an easy one to tread, and we have always been their primary targets.

Therefore, your concern must be to obtain some measure of justice for yourself and to protect yourself against all those who wish to do you harm. As a witch, your survival alone is a triumph. Many before us were not so fortunate.

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References and Notes:

1. Many people, whether witches or not, who (a.) make make healing salves, (b.) teach methods of vision correction, or (c.) ear candles are forced to end their practices or move them to another country. The modern Inquisition persecutors are usually various government agencies, ie. the FDA, the AMA, etc.

(a.) Amish man jailed for salve. http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-amish-salve-maker-kentucky-20170306-story.html

(b.) Optometrist jailed for correcting vision problems with relaxation techniques. Ironically, the following article was written by an allopathic quack who refers to actual healing methods (the opposite of eye glasses and surgical refractive correction) as “quackery.” http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/eyequack.html (Authors note: Such techniques as exercise and appropriate nutrition have improved the author or this blogpost’s own vision. It is obvious why the allopathic eye doctors have mounted an organized, highly systematic effort to discredit these simple, no-cost methods. Imagine the benefits to humanity and the detriment to the allopathic quacks if these techniques were taught to school children. Progressive vision disorders are often caused by the doctor’s own prescriptions and, of course, this is by design and is endemic to allopathic medicine of any kind.)

(c.) Ear candles, a very old form of energy medicine, are deemed “medical devices” by the FDA. “Don’t Get Burned, Stay Away from Ear Candles,” U.S. Food and Drug Administration. https://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm200277.htm

2. Notoriously, witches are scrutinized in child custody cases. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/wildhunt/2012/03/wiccan-convert-faces-custody-battle-in-texas.html

3. Interest in the occult, if known, can result in a harsher sentenced if you are charged with a crime. https://prezi.com/pmm1-tnhya56/the-arkansas-witch-hunt-of-1993/

4. Injustice in Beebee, Arkansas demonstrates that there are different rules for different folks. The laws are not applied evenly. http://wildhunt.org/2014/06/whats-happening-in-beebe-arkansas.html – – – http://www.arkansasmatters.com/news/pagan-high-priest-alleges-discrimination-by-beebe-city-officials/209357952

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Witchcraft and the Occult: Good Reasons for Staying in the Broom Closet and How to Keep Your Private Business Private

Posted in Anti-Witch, neo-paganism, occult, privacy, Traditional Witchcraft, Wicca with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by littleredridinghood

Sabbat_de_sorcièresThe following is an old witch’s advice for other witches, atheists, Satanists and independent thinkers who do not live in a supportive environment.

Since, at least, the 1990s when a form of witchcraft, Wicca, became mainstream, there has been a lot of discussion about “coming out of the closet” as a witch. This is usually a big question for teenagers or college students whose lives may be heavily dominated by their parents. But, it’s, also, a problem for many adults whose families, employers or general environment is dominated by religious fanatics.

Coming out of the closet is not a light consideration, nor should it be approached with a cavalier attitude. Once you’re out, it’s hard to get back in and the consequences can be very unpleasant, depending on your particular circumstances.

A lot of bigotry, some of the dangerous kind, remains in parts of the U.S. where Christianity dominates, although, if you live in a bigger city or a place like Salem, Massachusetts where witchcraft is celebrated, you might find it hard to believe. Similar intolerance may exist in other countries, as well.

If you happen to live in a less than forward-thinking place, considering the following ideas while you make your decision may be beneficial.

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Good Reasons for Staying in the Broom Closet

Even if the climate is not bad where you are now, this can change – and it has. The churches are businesses that exist with the benefit of billions of dollars annually in U.S. government taxpayer funds since George W. Bush signed the Faith Based Initiative into law by executive order. Many, also, enjoy 501-C-3 status with the IRS, which means they are classified as non-profit organizations. By claiming to be religious organizations and meeting certain standards, they are exempt from Federal and State taxation. This gives them a great advantage over other types of businesses and, as a result, they have grown abundantly in the past few years while other businesses have failed under the burden of taxes and, in some cases, the domination of Christian “morality.”

As they have grown fat on the back of the American taxpayer, they have grown more powerful. This means that where their influence was problematic a few years ago, in some places, it is becoming unbearable. In some parts of the Midwest, the South and in the Mormon Corridor, it is a challenge to find an employer or an employment situation that isn’t dominated by Christians, often very tyrannical, fundamentalist ones. If you are out of lockstep with them, you can lose your job. If you have a business, you can lose your customer base, if they find out you are not one of them.

If you conform or appear to conform to their “standards,” you won’t encounter many problems.

If you can run your business without it interfering with the laws established by the churches with regard to alcohol sales or certain types of entertainment, you are better off doing so.

For most people, witchcraft is a quiet personal practice and there is really no need to discuss it with anyone else. In your interactions with other people, let them make the first move toward any open discussion about the occult. Never initiate the discussion.

If you do have a few friends and hold meetings at your house, be discreet. If you have a spiritual development group, for example, you have a few friends who gather together each week to practice mediumship development or discuss occult-related subjects, try to keep your meetings low-key. You might even devise a cover story and tell outsiders that it is a “Bible Study” group. Religions are given special status and if people think you’re holding a Christian religious meeting, you won’t have any problems.

If you live in a heavily Christian area where people’s lives revolve around their church, you may want to devise a story to tell people who inquire about your “faith.” Usually, if you tell people you’re Catholic, the questions stop there. Many protestants don’t really like the Catholic Church, but they will respect a Catholic enough not to nag or harass them. Tailor your choice of cover story based on the area you live in.

Make a game out of dealing with Christians. If you have religious co-workers, keep them off the scent by throwing a little “Bless You,” or “Thank the Lord,” into the conversation at appropriate times. You can laugh quietly to yourself once their backs are turned, knowing that your privacy is being maintained and you are secure from being hassled.

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Tips for Staying Safely in the Closet Online and In Real Life

Discovery_'64_Margaret_Hamilton_1964The following are some ideas to consider if you want to guard your privacy online and remain in the broom closet, both online and in real life:

If you have a job working for a Christian-dominated company, do not post on “anti-Christian” sites while at work. It can be traced by your employer and people have lost their jobs this way.

Always stay anonymous online. Never use your real name, disclose your location or family relationships or anything else that could identify you to someone who knows you. There are millions of people online, but it can become a very small world in some online communities. Furthermore, never post pictures of yourself, your family, your pets. Never talk about your work place or your school. People who know you may be able to identify you just from you giving too many details.

  •     Use different UserIDs.
  •     Do not integrate social networking sites with other social networking sites or your e-mail account.
  •     Use multiple e-mail accounts.
  •     Never give personal information that could identify you.
  •     Do not give information about your location.
  •     If you suspect someone is tracking you, leave disinformation crumbs.
  •     If cornered by your employer or anyone who could do damage to your life, remember the words of Bill Clinton, “Deny, deny, deny!”

What is bad about following this advice is that when everyone follows it, it can prevent you from connecting with people you know.

For instance, I joined a closed online witchcraft group once and recognized someone I knew and was friends with by his moniker and photo. I introduced myself and we re-established contact after a couple of years. If everyone is in the closet, it’s much more difficult to make these kinds of positive connections. But, especially, if you are vulnerable, you are better off staying in the closet and letting those who have less to lose by being out (for example, this guy is the head of a Satanic order and is something of an intimidating figure to many people) do so, then you can connect with them, as you like.

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Other Reasons for Staying in the Closet

Brooklyn_Museum_-_Pretty_Teacher_(Linda_maestra)_-_Francisco_de_Goya_y_LucientesPeace of Mind: By staying in the closet, you enjoy more peace of mind. Not wasting time and energy dealing with people you don’t want to deal with gives you more time to focus on your personal goals.

Privacy: Privacy is part of safety and security, online, at your job and in every aspect of your life. People cannot attack you very easily if they know nothing about you.
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Efficacy: It is often easier to get things done and to have influence, for example, within an organization, if you appear to be a team player. It is an easier position from which to try to persuade others to see things your way. If you come out of the closet in an “in your face” fashion, this will predispose others to oppose you in all matters.

You’re not going to change the minds of religious fanatics by being a good person or setting a good example as a witch (or an atheist). It is their goal to dominate other people and force them to conform to their “standards.” They don’t consider morality, decency, goodness or the content of a person’s character. If you have not accepted the redeeming blood of Jesus, they will regard you as “Satan.” Again, you may have a better chance of influencing them by remaining in the closet and playing along.

All of this advice is meaningless if you are fortunate enough to be living in a place dominated by educated, non-superstitious people who are grounded in reality. If you are not so fortunate, then you really must consider the danger that being out of the closet could pose to you, your safety, you family’s safety and your financial well-being.

Notes on the Regional Nature of The Problem of Intolerance of Witchcraft in the U.S.

The decision to come out of the broom closet or not is absolutely an individual choice. Each witch will have to realistically evaluate the environment he or she lives in to come to the right decision.

Coming out can be liberating and really seem like a relief. But, it can cause some problems, too.

The following is a famous example of what could go wrong:

Brandi Blackbear is a woman who was persecuted at a public school in Tulsa, Oklahoma back in 1999-2000, when she was 15-years old. Lifetime Movies did a dramatization of her story called “Not Like Everyone Else” in 2006. Brandi was not a witch, but her trouble began when she was caught reading a book on the subject of witchcraft from the library. Brandi suffered persecution at her school to an extreme until she received help from ACLU and hers became a landmark case upholding the 1st Amendment. She gave an interview in which she commented that what happened to her was partly related to the region of the country in which she lived. If she had lived in Seattle, WA or Salem, MA, it probably wouldn’t have happened.

Other Instances of Anti-Witch Discrimination and Modern Witch Persecution

You may notice that most of the victims listed below are Wiccans. Wiccans are often encouraged to live openly in Wiccan books, which is just not safe for everyone everywhere, as you can see.

The woman in this story objected to having to stand and bow her head in prayer to Jesus before city council meetings in South Carolina. She was prevented from speaking, then things got worse.

‘Wynne … said her home has been vandalized and townspeople have tried to forcibly “exorcise” demons out of her, poisoned her cats and threatened to burn her house. “They flipped over my refrigerator. They squirted ketchup and mustard everywhere. They’ve written ‘Die, witch.'” (“South Carolina: Witch Persecuted by Christians” By Austin Cline, About.com GuideAugust 11, 2004. http://atheism.about.com/b/2004/08/11/south-carolina-witch-persecuted-by-christians.htm)

Burnet, Texas has been the scene of two cases of witchcraft persecutions in 2003 and, again, in 2009.

In the first instance in 2003, Wiccans who ran a store in Burnet were threatened and eventually forced to leave town by the local Christians. The original KXAN report cannot be found, but an article, “The Persecution of Wiccans” by Austin Cline, remains at About.com:

“The group says they relocated to Burnet in April after pressure to leave from community groups in Kingsland. They say they’re receiving threats in one case to burn down their business.” (http://atheism.about.com/b/2003/08/03/persecution-of-wiccans.htm)

The original Austin-Statesman article about the 2009 event cannot be found, but a brief article by the same author as referenced above is found at About.com: Austin-American Statesman:

“Over the past 10 months, Allen said, threatening phone calls have poured in and strange cars have followed her home from her store at night. The police dismissed her requests for protection, she said. Allen also claims that in March, one Llano County sheriff’s deputy told her daughter that “we had a family practicing witchcraft awhile back, but we ran them out of town.” (http://atheism.about.com/b/2003/08/06/more-on-the-persecution-of-wiccans-in-texas.htm)

In South Carolina, a Wiccan couple endured extreme harassment from their neighbors and a government agency, DHHR, took their children. They had to sue the government to try to get them back after being accused of engaging in the human sacrifice of their own children.

“A family of Wiccans falsely accused of sacrificing their children during religious ceremonies sued the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources for allegedly harassing them and taking possession of their children.”

“The couple contends they have been continually harassed since moving to West Virginia in 1999.”

“On one occasion, DHHR officials and a State Police trooper were called to investigate an allegation that the couple had killed their youngest child in a sacrifice and were carrying the boy’s body with them. A later DHHR visit came from another false report that the couple’s children had been sacrificed.” (“Wiccan family files suit against DHHR” by Charles Shumaker “The Charleston Gazette,” July 28, 2004 http://wwrn.org/articles/9560/?&place=north-america&section=occult)

Another case from 2008 highlights the dangers of living openly as a witch when you have children and how government agencies that purport to protect children can be manipulated by persecutors. A family was completely torn apart and forced to flee as fugitives because of false reports to the Department of Social Services (DSS) by their Christian neighbors. (“Pagan Persecution a National Travesty” by Lady Passion, High Priestess, Coven Oldenwilde, Asheville, NC Published February, 2008, in Oracle 20/20 Magazine. http://oldenwilde.org/oldenwilde/members/lady-passion-articles/pagan-persecution-a-national-travesty_part-1.html)

Sometimes the harassment is not as overt, but it can still be very damaging. The following is an example of how witches may be undermined or sabotaged at work. TSA worker, Carole Smith was fired from her job under the pretense of poor job performance, but it seems likely there were other reasons. As a person of integrity, she was concerned about lax security at the airport and became a whistleblower. She was, also subjected to witchcraft accusations by co-workers:

“A co-worker even complained that Smith cast a disabling spell on the heater of her car one snowy evening,” (“Wiccan Lawsuit: Carole Smith claims TSA fired her for being a ‘witch'” by Larry McShane, Daily New Staff Writer, March 31, 2011 http://articles.nydailynews.com/2011-03-31/news/29386452_1_tsa-wiccan-witch-hunt)

Some witches do not feel safe or comfortable telling their own family members about their witchcraft practice. The following article is from the New York Times:

“A stay-at-home mother of two in Northern Virginia who was raised Southern Baptist keeps her Wiccan faith secret. Not even her mother knows.” (“Wiccans Keep the Faith With a Religion Under Wraps” by Stephanie Kuykendal, The New York Times, May 16, 2007. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/16/us/16wiccan.html)

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