Sunday, 29 November -0001 18:42

Witchcraft Becoming Respectable In North America

Written by Rev. H.A. Bergsma
A Wiccan high priestess can get a license to perform marriages in Virginia, a Norfolk Circuit Court ruled. Courts in Fairfax and Alexandria counties had refused requests for a license for Rosemary Kooiman, 69. She leads the Nomadic Chantry of Gramarye, a congregation of about 50 Wiccan believers. Wicca, a Druidic religion dating to pre-Christian England, has about 100,000 followers in the United States, its followers say. Clergy in Virginia must be licensed to perform marriages. Meanwhile, witches in Salem, Mass., are protesting campaign ads by Gov. Paul Cellucci. The ads mock opponent Scott Harshbarger, the state's attorney general, for his order banning Christmas decorations in public areas of his office and his threat to prosecute evangelists for witnessing to witches. The ads feature Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and a warty, pointy-hatted witch standing in a police lineup. When the commercial suggests Harshbarger favours witches over Christian holidays, the witch throws back her head and cackles: "I was so infuriated... I was just portrayed, along with every other witch across the country, as some fantasy creature, and that's appalling to me," said Cheryl Sulyma-Masson, leader of the Witches' League for Public Awareness in Rehoboth. Modern witches "are real people. They're doctors, they're lawyers, they're mothers, they're fathers," she said. (From Religion Today)

In the last news notes I reported on the legitimizing of witchcraft in South Africa. It appears that similar witchcraft is becoming respectable here too, considering that witches may now perform marriages in some states in America. It is true, they are real people and not merely a figment of some people's imagination. But as real people they stand in violation of God's Word. Their craft ought therefore not to become respectable.

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