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Posted inThe Secular

Whither the witches?

Reading Time: 4 minutes Some version of the word witch is found in all languages and cultures and it generally refers to a person, often female, who is thought to affect people and the material world through benevolent or malevolent magic. The problem for the word in American and European usage is that it is so laden with connotations […]

Posted inBooks

Humanism and Witchcraft: Not Seeing God in Africa

Reading Time: 8 minutes Here is an excerpt from a chapter in a previous anthology of mine with chapters from writers here at Patheos Nonreligious (Not Seeing God: Atheism in the 21st Century) [UK here]. This chapter is by Warren Alan Tidwell (Kudzu in the Pines). It is not the whole chapter, but gives you a taste. Humanist Service and the Problem of Witchcraft […]

Posted inNews

Voodoo in the US: five-year-old girl 'permanently disfigured'

Reading Time: 2 minutes Sisters Peggy LaBossiere, 51, and Rachel Hilaire, 40, pictured in a Massachusetts court, were arrested after they allegedly  subjected the child to a demon-busting voodoo ceremony that permanently disfigured her. According to this report, the pair also threatened to cut off the head of the girl’s eight-year-old brother with a machete. The boy said his sister […]

Posted inNews

Rwanda takes serious steps to eradicate witchcraft in football

Reading Time: < 1 minute One of Rwanda’s top football teams, Mukura Victory Sports, above, were recently involved in an incident at a match in which they, and rivals Rayon Sport, accused each other of using witchcraft. The Rwanda Football Federation (FERWAFA), acted swiftly, according to this report. At an extra-ordinary meeting FERWAFA’s executive committee and all first division club presidents […]

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