Religion of Peace alert! While pagans in America are fretting over cases of South Carolina license plates (let me weigh in on this – I. Don’t. Care), claiming that all religion (including their own) is “flat out batshit nuts,” and generally turning Witchcraft into a live action role playing game, a fellow man of The Arts has been sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia for plying his trade. You won’t see this story on other Pagans’ blogs:
(ANSAmed) – A Lebanese man of 47 was sentenced to death by a court in Medina, in Saudi Arabia, for having practiced black magic, reported the paper Saudi Gazette. The man, who had already appeared on satellite television, was caught in a Medina hotel room while using herbs and talismans for one of his magic rituals. During the two years of processing the man, who is also accused of fraud, he admitted to having practiced black magic rituals and having contributed to the ending of marriages. To be definitive, the court sentence must obtain the approval of the Magistrates’ Court. In the oil kingdom the death penalty is foreseen for the crimes of murder, rape, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking. Since the beginning of the year 60 death sentences have been carried out.
Looks like he was pretty much caught red handed so this is indeed a fellow “Witch” as Wiccans call themselves, but I’m betting you won’t be hearing from Starhawk on this case. Why is that you think?
I would put forward that it’s because this man is doing what all these fat, unkempt Charmed fans who haunt the comments sections of blogs like The Wild Hunt merely pretend to do – practicing Witchcraft. Witchcraft is an art that takes years of practice to get good at, which doesn’t include sitting in the middle of the floor at a Barnes & Noble flipping through some book on “Gothic Wicca” while waiting for the 12:30 showing of Twilight. If American Pagans ever started pointing out how occultists and practitioners in other countries (especially Muslim countries) were treated, they’d have to confront the fact that American occultism has devolved into a year round comic book convention that no one takes seriously.
Needless to say, I won’t be traveling to any Muslim countries anytime soon, nor do I expect to see Knight of Pan, Patrick Kelley or P.J. Deneen doing so. Starhawk however has been welcomed with open arms in Hamas and Fatah controlled areas where Witchcraft is illegal. Makes you think doesn’t it?