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Junior High Teacher Sells Students a Book on Satan

By Meredith Kolodner

Reading, writing and Lucifer?

A Brooklyn principal has reprimanded a sixth-grade teacher for selling students a book that tells how to “recognize those serving Satan and bring them to Jesus.”

Steven Arizmendi sold “He Came to Set the Captives Free” to four of his students at Junior High School 220 in Sunset . . . → Read More: Junior High Teacher Sells Students a Book on Satan

Documents in sweat lodge case show past problems

By FELICIA FONSECA

Documents released in the investigation of a fatal sweat lodge ceremony show that people lost consciousness and others suffered broken bones at past events led by self-help guru James Arthur Ray, but Ray largely ignored the medical problems that arose.

Three people died after an Oct. 8 sweat lodge ceremony that . . . → Read More: Documents in sweat lodge case show past problems

Only garlic will stop The Impaler

by Rachel E. Stassen-Berger

It takes a lot to stop a vampire, especially the leader the “Vampyre Nation.” Jonathon Starkey, 45, who declared his 2006 bid for governor under the Vampyres, Witches and Pagans Party on a Friday the 13th in January, told the Rochester Post Bulletin he’ll run again in 2010. Starkey says . . . → Read More: Only garlic will stop The Impaler

Plaintiff Flings Witchcraft Accusations

by Patti Wigington

This is one of those cases I read about and can just imagine as a Monty Python skit. Okay, a little background. Apparently, in the town of Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, Sharlene Andreyko was charged with stalking another woman. Andreyko’s antics included writing a couple of dozen religious-themed letters to the woman and . . . → Read More: Plaintiff Flings Witchcraft Accusations

No pagan trees for Christmas warriors

By Bill Berkowitz

Nothing tops the War on Christmas for some conservative Christian evangelical groups.

Here’s how Martha Boggs, the founder of Boss Creations, describes the sorry situation Christians have been facing during the first decade of the twenty-first century, and how she decided to combat it: “We have figured a way to enhance the . . . → Read More: No pagan trees for Christmas warriors

Mysterious braiding of horse manes

by David Pescovitz

Someone or some… thing… has mysteriously snuck into fields and stables and braided the manes of more than a dozen horses around Dorset, England. The police asked a warlock who said it’s a form of “knot magick.” But another pagan says that’s unlikely. Others suggest that it’s an internal sign used . . . → Read More: Mysterious braiding of horse manes

Satanic activity in the forest sounds familiar

By Rowan Pelling

Rev Nick Bromfield, whose parish is in the Forest of Dean, says: “I have seen signs of satanic activity… It’s difficult to quantify, but there is something about borders that attracts occult activity, and the seclusion is also very attractive.” In the line of pastoral duty, Rev Bromfield has come across a . . . → Read More: Satanic activity in the forest sounds familiar

Son stabbed ‘witch’ mother 21 times

By John-Paul Ford Rojas

A divorced father of three stabbed his mother 21 times after becoming convinced that she was a witch and had put a curse on him, a court heard today. Kayode Kuye tortured and killed Christina Kuye, 69, because he believed she had ruined his life with a black magic spell, the . . . → Read More: Son stabbed ‘witch’ mother 21 times

Rider fans snap up watermelons in Calgary

With thousands of Roughrider fans descending on Calgary this week, there’s suddenly a huge demand for watermelons. For years, Saskatchewan fans have been wearing hollowed-out melons on their own melons. Now, with the Grey Cup game Sunday pitting Saskatchewan against the Montreal Alouettes, demand for the summery treat has skyrocketed.

“Calgary has taken . . . → Read More: Rider fans snap up watermelons in Calgary

New Forest vicar warns against the occult

Gloucestershire vicar Nick Bromfield is warning Foresters not to dabble in the occult after a sheep’s head was put on a pole outside one of his churches. The churchman says he has spotted several signs of black magic worship while out and about in the Forest of Dean.

But he says even seemingly harmless events . . . → Read More: New Forest vicar warns against the occult