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Real Witches Cry Foul at Portrayal on "True Blood"

Real Witches Cry Foul at Portrayal on “True Blood”

By Coeli Carr, Reuters….
(Reuters) – Critics of bloody violence and excessive sex on TV have long had HBO’s vampire drama “True Blood” in their cross hairs, but now the popular series has another group of wary citizens — witches, real ones. The series’ fourth season has focused on Marnie Stonebrook (Fiona Shaw), a seemingly harmless medium and leader of a Wiccan group who becomes the physical conduit for Antonia, a long dead witch who is hellbent on vengeance against vampires who persecuted and burned her at the stake.

Alchemical Traces in Harry Potter, Part I

Alchemical Traces in Harry Potter, Part I

By Kate Daley Bailey….
Ever wondered where J. K. Rowling got inspiration for her magical world of the Harry Potter series? Did you know that Nicholas Flamel was a real man and famed alchemist, who according to mystical lore had created the illusive Philosopher’s/ Sorcerer’s Stone? Alchemy, the ancient mystical practice of trying to turn crude metals into gold, while seemingly fantastic to modern people, was the precursor to Enlightenment Sciences and various forms of Christian mysticism. Not purely an entrepreneurial venture, alchemy was not only viewed as a path to fame and wealth but also a spiritual practice grounded in religious symbolism. Some modern readers view Rowling’s alchemical leanings as advocating witchcraft and thereby denounce the series as promoting what they see as an anti-Christian agenda. Ironically, much of the alchemical history, which Rowling utilizes, is linked to Christian mysticism.

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

Sorcery, Witchcraft, and an Epidemic of Human Rights Abuse in Saudi Arabia

A young pregnant rape victim was sentenced to a one year prison term and 100 lashes (postnatal) by a Saudi judge. The charge: adultery! The girl testified that she had been repeatedly raped by four men who took her to an abandoned building. The victim did not report the event because the Saudi justice system almost always finds the woman at fault in cases of rape. After realizing she was pregnant, the victim went to King Fahd Hospital in the hopes of obtaining an abortion. She was promptly arrested by the Mutaween and charged with adultery.