| up a level
from the eclipse-of-the-moon dept.
The San Francisco Chronicle ran an article on the Bishop murders on Friday, August 11, "Victim's Mystery Bank Account," which included a passage that some Witches found objectionable.
Investigators are also examining whether occult worship played a role in the slayings of the Stinemans and Bishop. Authorities said yesterday that teeth and organs were removed from some of the victims, possibly indicating a ritualized killing.
Phyllis Curott, author of Book of Shadows, distributed an email alert the following day about this "Wiccan slur," and spoke out against it on KCBS Radio in San Francisco. By the next day, at least, all reference to Wicca was removed from the online version of the story.
On one hand, this looks like a good job of spin control on the part of the Witches that indirectly benefits occultists of all stripes. But (and I know I'm speaking blasphemy here) I'm partly wondering whether this is a case of excessive sensitivity. The original article does say that Wicca is ordinarily positive. Is it wrong to refer to a "darker side" of Wicca?
It seems to me that there are sociopaths that claim to practice most every tradition, and that they form a part of what could be called the traditions' darker sides, whether the tradition is Wicca, Christianity, or Satanism. Was this really a "slur"?
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