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Animal sacrifice was a normal element in
Judaism and most Pagan traditions in ancient times. Two and a half
millennia ago, the Pythagoreans rejected animal sacrifice and all other forms
of animal slaughter and abuse on the grounds of transmigration of the soul
(humans reincarnating into animal bodies). About the same time, the first
Jewish temple at Jerusalem was destroyed and much of the population exiled to
Babylon. Some Jewish prophets called for a radical change in Jewish worship,
from a priestly one based in sacrifice and feasting to a rabbinical one based
on moral reflection on texts read aloud to the gathered community.
In America today, animal sacrifice is mostly
done by Orthodox Jewish specialists as part of Kosher butchering. Many
practitioners of Santeria sacrifice and eat chickens and sometimes other
animals. In the the religions of the African Diaspora, ebo (animal
sacrifice) is normative.
Despite the sensationalism of fiction and
the disturbed behavior of a few self-styled "Satanists," sacrifice involves a
quick and humane slaughter, far less traumatic than methods used in commercial
slaughter. Surviving instructions indicate that if the animal cries out,
flinches or otherwise shows fear ("unwillingness"), the sacrifice is null and
void. The animals were extremely well cared for. Only "perfect victims"
could be sacrificed; in fact, ancient Etruscans and Romans performed a
primitive biopsy on the entrails to determine the animal's health; any
imperfections were considered evidence of the Gods' displeasure in the matter
for which the sacrifice was performed.
In Kosher animal sacrifice, the blood is
considered God's portion. In classical Paganism, after the entrails are
examined, they were wrapped around bones, covered with layers of fat, honey,
and finally, mola salsa (grain meal and salt). These are burned and the
meat distributed in banquette halls. Similarly, after ebo, the meat is
eaten. Innuit animal sacrifice involves "entertaining" the animal 's spirit
with a great communal feast ending with the "resurrection" of the animal for
future hunts. Typically, animal sacrificing religions seek a mystical
participation between the slaughterer/feasters and the collective spirit of
the animal's species.
The religions of the African diaspora use
animal sacrifice to accumulate and concentrate ache (ah SHAY). Ache
(ah SHAY) means a numinous life force, roughly equivalent to wakan,
orenda, barach, and mana.
Modern Euro-American Pagans almost always
follow the Pythagorean tradition in abhoring animal sacrifice among
themselves. Out of cultural and racial sensitivity, most are reluctant
to shun practitioners of Candomble, Pala Mayombe, Santeria, and
Voudon (religions of the African Diaspora).
Raises Questions of a Cultural Defense
Rev. Chuck Weibel
In the 1980s, members of the Church
of Lukumi Babalu Aye, a Santeria
congregation, began leaving the
bodies of sacrificed chickens
near trees and bushes in Hialeah, Florida, where the Church
priest Ernesto Pichardo thought this was a good idea. The City
Council did not. The government
of the city of 240,000, 11
miles northwest of Miami, prosecuted the church under a law
sacrifices. The church contended that the
ritual scatterings were an indispensable part of their
and of its Afro-Cuban
cultural roots. In 1993, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down
the law as
unconstitutional religious discrimination.
they are now recognized as legal, Pichardo says that
authorities still occasionally hassle church
is an orite, a priest empowered to conduct sacrifices. He is
philosophiocal about the
situation. "I learned one thing"
he says. "When
you bring something forward that is outside the
Judeo-Christian tradition, the dominant culture is going to
cause you problems."
courts are seeing increasing numbers of immigrants from
African, Asian and other non-western
cultures, who are
prosecuted for offenses which were not crimes in their native
countries. These cases
have involved many different customs,
such as ritual mutilation and animal sacrifice.
legal traditionalists resist the idea, some
academics and legal analysts have proposed that U.S.
allow a "cultural defense."
This would allow defendants from non-Western backgrounds to
special circumstances when charged with certain crimes.
Dundes Renteln is a political science professor at the
University of Southern California. She has
written the book,
"The Cultural Defense," which considers this point.
Renteln: "We say that as a society we welcome diversity, and
in fact that we embrace it. In practice,
it's not that
cases clearly illustrate the problem:
· Fresno, Ca, 1995: A Hmong shaman originally from Laos,
Thai Chia Moua, performed a ritual to
the spirit of a German Shepherd puppy to hunt down an evil
spirit that was tormenting his
This involved others beating the puppy to death on Moua's
front porch while he chanted
over its body. Moua pleaded
guilty to and was sentenced for animal cruelty. He was put on
probation, and did community service.
San Mateo, Ca, 2000: A native of Tonga, Taufui Piutau,
a mild euphoric
from his home island. He was arrested for
Driving Under the Influence. A hung jury and mistrial
· Michigan, New York, Georgia, Connecticut and Minnesota,
been prosecuted. Common in East Africa and Yemen, the leaf
produces a "buzz" like that of
caffeine. It is legal in
Great BR.in, but U.S. law classifies it as a controlled
Ecstasy and LSD.
· Sanford, NC, 2003: Mexican agricultural workers, new
immigrants to the town, butchered
then customarily nailed the animals' heads to trees.
Slaughtering of goats
and other farm animals was banned by the
· Lawrenceville, Ga., March, 2004: An Ethiopian
immigrant, Khalid Adem, was charged with child
cruelty. He had
submitted his daughter to
the partial removal of her genitals,
as is common in his
African homeland. This practice is condemned by the United
Nations, and was
banned by a 1995 U.S. law.
lawsuits by immigrants also increase
clash of cultures is not one-sided. New arrivals have used
their U.S. legal rights to sue airlines and
restaurants over what their cultures would hold as offensive
Sikh custom, a child is obligated to care for aging parents.
Using this argument, in 1998 the
parents of Jasbar Singh won
an unusually high $400,000 court-mandated award from Air
their 26-year-old son was killed in a plane
vegetarian and Hindu, pharmacist Mukesh Rai, of Carpenteria,
Ca, accepted an undisclosed sum from
Taco Bell in 1999. Rai
had sued the fast-food restaurant for $144,000 after he had
served a beef burrito. This incident had
offended him deeply on cultural and religious grounds. He said
that the incident had made it necessary to consult a
psychiatrist, and to make a pilgrimage to India to
himself by bathing in the Ganges River. Legal analysts
commented that such suits brought by
cultures have conflicted with U.S. law before.
Renteln points out that Orthodox Jewish immigrants from
Eastern Europe, as well as Roman
Catholics from Italy, brought
practices which challenged U.S. customs in the early Twentieth
For instance, she cites,
U.S. law did not protect arranged or underage marriages. These
since then largely been eliminated.
sees America's "evolving definition of diversity" as a
factor which the courts must learn to
recognize. She contends
that although those who commit "culture-based crimes"
should not always be
acquitted, culture should be considered
when evaluating guilt.
can judge on a case-by-case basis," Renteln says. "For
instance, they could rule that it's OK for
a Sikh man to wear
a kirpan (a ceremonial dagger worn on or under the clothes)
female genital mutilation."
Rushford, president of the conservative Criminal Justice Legal
Foundation, disagrees. He holds
that applying varying cultural
standards would bring about "legal relativism." Rushford
said that the
result would be a legal system where "what's a
crime for one person isn't for his neighbor. ... The system
have is the best we can do to allow cultural differences
without beating down basic human rights."
is often a factor
courts have been reluctant to cite cultural factors unless
they also involve religious rights.
adherents of the Brazilian
religion Uniao de Vegetal
are currently pleading their case before a U.S. appeals court.
Their religious practice involves a tea made from the ayahuasca
produces a trance state. They claim that restricting
their access to the plant violates a 1993 U.S. law
exotic religious practices. It was the U.S. government which
appealed, after the group won in
federal trial court.
some cases, judges have accepted attorneys' arguments to
treat defendants from other cultures
Dong Lu-Chen, of Brooklyn N.Y., was convicted in 1989 of
beating his wife to death with a
claw hammer. His attorney,
Stewart Orden, argued that Lu-Chen's shame and rage at
learning of his
wife's adultery were amplified by his
Chinese upbringing. Lu-Chen received probation.
says he has not used this strategy again, as it was "as much
of a cultural explanation as a cultural
may not excuse (a crime), but it can certainly shed light on
things we may have difficulty
understanding. Why shouldn't a
THIS sort of Blood Libel is what is making some of your neighbors hate
and fear you.
Child Sacrifice in the New Age:
Salem's Witch Cult and America's Abortion Industry
By Jay Rogers
Research assistance by Lonny Salberg
Media House International http://www.forerunner.com/forerunner/
MELBOURNE, Florida -
Patricia Baird-Windle, founder and executive director of Aware Woman Center
for Choice, has been in the national media spotlight recently. A featured
guest on Good Morning America and the subject of a Rolling Stone magazine
article, she has gained her notoriety through being portrayed as the
embattled owner of Brevard County, Florida's only abortion clinic. Rolling
Stone portrayed Windle as a suffering saint and "one of the most persecuted
women in America." Local pro-lifers were painted as a movement led "almost
entirely by white men" who "fit the "Son of Sam" profile."
Media coverage hasn't been exactly unbiased. In resisting the abortion
industry in the state of Florida, some local pro-life activists have
repeatedly come across statements from residents in the Melbourne area
linking Patricia Baird-Windle to witchcraft. Area pro-lifers claim that
Windle has stated: "You practice your religion and let me practice mine."
When asked what her religion was, Windle is alleged to have remarked: "My
religion is a holy ritual of child sacrifice."
If comments made by Windle were off-the-cuff, then most people would dismiss
these allegations as the "hysteria of the religious right." However, further
investigative research has shown that there is a strong connection between
the Aware Woman abortion clinic and a cult of witches called Wicca. As we
view the ties between the Wiccan organization and the abortion industry, the
conclusion will become obvious: The promotion of abortion is not just a
political issue for members of Wicca; it is part of a religious agenda - the
religion of witchcraft and child sacrifice.
Wiccan Religious Cooperative of Florida
The city of Melbourne is just one example of the growing national connection
between the abortion industry and the religion of witchcraft. An employee of
Aware Woman, Veronica Jordan, and a former employee, Rebecca Morris, are two
of the six founding directors of a registered non-profit religious
corporation known as the Wiccan Religious Cooperative of Florida (WRCF). The
WRCF lists a post office box in Orlando as its principle address, and is
attempting to network witches' covens throughout central Florida. One group
working closely with WRCF is the
Church of the Iron Oak.
They meet weekly for "Wiccan Ways," a teaching seminar at 1220 East Prospect
Street, Melbourne, and for rituals in a backyard of a dead end street at
2027 Mattison Drive NE, Palm Bay.
Air, Fire, Water & Earth,
a New Age book shop at 795 S. Wickham Road, West Melbourne, functions as
another meeting place for local Wiccans. Activities of the WRCF have taken
place at the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Melbourne.
Practicing witches in Melbourne are also members of ProjectResponse (a
homosexual/AIDS activist group) and South Brevard National Organization for
They are politically active, own profitable businesses, and universally
support abortion on demand in America. A newsletter published eight times a
year, Open Circle, informs area "Wiccans and Pagans" about upcoming events
and describes the activities of Church of the Iron Oak. Veronica Jordan's
post office box (P.O. Box 060192,Palm Bay, FL 32906) is the mailing address
for Open Circle. The editors take pseudonyms - "Lord Shelandera," "Dahud,"
and "Lady Rowana" - the supposed names of pagan gods and goddesses. The
January 1993 issue of Open Circle described WRCF's founding:
"A year ago the dream of an umbrella group under which many covens would
function and be committed to peace and harmony 'For The Good Of All,' was
just that, a dream. But now it is a reality and a very, very big part of the
lives of many people. Five board members with a sixth as a mediator made a
commitment to five years of donating time to a Wiccan umbrella group
...Teaching, which was started by three people in Orlando in the summer
of1991 is really the first 'order of business' of WRCF ... The first class
in Brevard County shares teaching responsibility among six Elders and also
had nearly 40 students registered this past October."
This particular issue, published the same month that Operation Rescue's
IMPACT team began its training course in Melbourne, alerted area Wiccans and
Pagans to the spiritual warfare that they would soon be facing. "Dahud"
"... steps are being taken to protect not only Aware Woman, but a woman's
right to choose. Work is being done mundanely, financially, and magically,
to help get through the next few months and beyond."
Readers of Open Circle are exhorted to become "clinic escorts" -pro-abortion
activists who eagerly escort pregnant women entering the abortion clinic.
Clinic escorts distract the women from pro-life sidewalk counselors who try
to hand them literature and counsel them not to have an abortion.
Undoubtedly, many of Aware Woman's "clinic escorts" are practicing witches.
Readers of Open Circle are also told how they can help fund the South
Brevard National Organization of Woman's program to help low income women
have abortions. Wiccans are also encouraged to work their magic on the area
surrounding the clinic:
"Finally, many individuals and groups have been helping to magically (sic)
protect the building and property ... This has been done by magical and
psychic shielding being put on and around the property...."
The phone number of Aware Woman is given and the following guidelines are
suggested: "If you want to do magical work to protect the clinic, please,
please, do it with perfect love and trust. Our goal is to protect the
clinic, the staff, and the patients from those who want to force their views
on them. Please keep in mind the Harm None Clause and make your work
defensive in nature."
And just what is the "Harm None Clause" to which Wiccans refer? According to
Laurie Cabot, founder of the Witches League for Public Awareness in Salem,
Massachusetts, the Wiccan craft is based on three principles, the first
being: "Do what you will and harm none." 2 Christians whose actions uphold
the moral law of God found in the Bible (You shall not murder) are "those
who want to force their views" on society. Apparently, the Wiccan "Harm
None" clause does not apply to the life of the unborn child.
In researching Wiccan festivals and worship, we sent two college students to
one of the "Wiccan Ways" weekly meetings in Melbourne. Upon arriving for the
first class, they were greeted with suspicion by their hosts: "How old are
you? If you're underage, you can't attend this class. If you are under 18
years of age, your parents could bring suit against us." They were charged
$3.50 each for the hour-and-a-half long seminar. After the meeting with the
Wiccan teaching group and study of literature obtained at the seminar, we
were able to obtain answers to questions we had about Wicca. How many
Wiccans are there? Conservative reckonings estimate that there are 200,000
Witches in the United States.
How does Wicca gain followers?
In order to be initiated into a coven, a year or more of training is usually
required. The movement grows through networking and outreach. Some Wiccans
travel throughout the United States as folk musicians or teachers, promoting
the movement by visiting covens, singing and teaching at festivals.
What happens at Wiccan festivals?
Wiccan festivals or Sabbats occur eight times a year: four times on the
solstices and equinoxes; and four earth holidays between these times. This
is a time of dancing and celebration; sometimes a skit is performed to honor
the god or goddess being worshipped.
What happens at Wiccan rituals?
Full moon and new moon rituals occur each month and involve consecration of
a ritual space and the invocation of pagan gods. Ceremonial stone rings are
created and fires are lit. The difference between the two was summarized by
the Wiccan Ways' teacher: "Festivals are for fun; rituals are for worship."
Members of Wicca were encouraged to bring family and friends to their Sabbat
festivals, but the worship rituals were off-limits to the uninitiated.
Wiccans believe that their spells and rituals have their greatest effect on
Do Wiccans worship Satan?
From a biblical viewpoint, witches do worship Satan. Although witches claim
not to believe in the Christian concept of Satan, they do worship "the
European Pagan Horned God, who has been depicted as Pan.... Our Horned God
is neither evil nor a source of evil; He is the energy of nature, of plant
and animal life, which energy manifests for people in music and dance,
intoxication and ecstasy, and all joyous activities, including
What about bloodletting?
Although Wiccans deny using animal and human sacrifices in their rituals
they do admit that they "pour out libations ...Some female Witches use their
own menstrual blood in spells; other witches may prick themselves ... and
offer a drop or two of their own blood. But the only blood a Witch has the
right to offer is her/his own."
As of the printing of this article, we were not able to ascertain whether or
not Witches use the blood of aborted children in their sacrifices. Since the
child is not considered human according to our liberal abortion laws, it
stands to reason that such a sacrifice, protected by law, could be used by
Wicca's National Network
The association of witchcraft/paganism with the promotion of abortion on
demand can be seen in cities where Wicca has gained it strongest following.
Most of these centers are liberal communities with large colleges or
universities such as San Francisco; Cleveland; Birmingham; Boston; and
Salem. Wicca finds its greatest popularity in so-called "New Age Centers.
"However, many Wiccans look down on New Agers as "spiritual wanna-be's" who
have picked up the terminology of Pagans and Wiccans, but "have no expertise
in the craft." Wiccans are those who take their "magic" more seriously.
The Witches' League for Public Awareness and the Wiccan Religious
Cooperative of Florida are two groups which are seeking to bring about
Wiccan "unity" by networking covens into a nationally-organized,
highly-funded, tax-exempt cult with a local headquarters in every New Age
Salem, Massachusetts not only symbolizes witchcraft to tourists with a
casual historical interest, but is the national headquarters of an
organized, politically-active and profitable cult. Laurie Cabot is the
foremost leader of the American witch cult. Cabot, called the "official
witch" of Salem, Massachusetts, made her first national convergence in the
April, 1979 issue of National Geographic. The magazine described her as a
descendant of a well-known Massachusetts family: "Ten years ago (1969) she
felt drawn to Salem from her home on the West Coast. Shortly after settling
in the town, she announced herself to the mayor as a witch. Since then
Laurie Cabot has made a living lecturing on witchcraft and selling herbs,
astrological charts, and magic mirrors." The National Geographic report
described a ritual led by Cabot in which a coven of her followers called
upon the ancient Egyptian goddess Isis. She was also described as being
involved in group chanting and displays of psychic power in conjuring a
When the National Geographic article was published in 1979, there were 350
witches in the area. Today Salem, a city of 38,000 people, has approximately
2,400 practicing witches. Cabot has become well-known across the nation and
has been featured on television talk shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show
and Good Morning America.
Cabot's agenda is to organize the 2,400 witches in Salem (one-third of whom
are feminist activists) and the 200,000 witches nationwide. She wants to
"set the record straight" on the definition of Wicca by dispelling the
notion that there is anything evil about witchcraft. Cabot contends that the
concept of Satan was introduced by the Christian Church, but that there is
no place for the devil in their beliefs, practices and traditions. Cabot
seeks to portray witchcraft in a respectable new light as a "science and an
art." Says Cabot, "Witchcraft has not been redefined since 1692, and it's
time for people to ask us who we are, not ask our enemies."4
Cabot and her league of witches lobby as a political action group through 15
witches' councils which cover the United States, Ireland, England and
Canada. Cabot's strategy is to desensitize Americans to the evils of
witchcraft and to promote Wicca through a carefully crafted political
agenda. According to Cabot: "Each council head oversees volunteer activities
such as letter writing campaigns, monitoring television programs, news
reports, and newspaper accounts of Witchcraft, and reporting back to our
central office in Salem. In addition to being a watchdog on misinformation
about the Craft, we review books and articles on the Craft and recommend the
better ones to libraries and schools. We also keep tabs on congressional
bills that deal with civil rights and religious liberties."5
Abortion advocates from Salem have militantly demonstrated at Boston area
abortion clinics, common sites of pro-life activism. Pro-life leaders in the
Boston area claim that witches from Salem make up some of the ranks of some
of the most vocal pro-abortion activists. Laurie Cabot concurs with the rise
of feminist activism within Wiccan covens that worship the Goddess Diana:
"In Dianic covens great emphasis is placed on the Goddess and the role of
priestesses. Covens and organizations are matrifocal and center around
women's issues. The current women's movement has inspired much of the
political activism that some covens engage in.... radical feminism,
including lesbianism, has found a place in Dianic covens...."6
Witchcraft and Child Sacrifice
Mention the word witchcraft and most Americans think of the Salem witch
trials - "an outbreak of religious hysteria among superstitious people." The
term "witch hunt" evokes the most negative images. There is no doubt that
many of those executed for witchcraft were the innocent victims of gross
it is hard to cope with the genuine instances of demonically inspired
activity recorded with full documentation.
[!!! If there was any, they'd publish it. They don't. Q.E.D. it doesn't hold
up. cl, ed.]
A modern misconception about those tried and executed for witchcraft is that
they were punished for merely casting spells. The death penalty for witches
was prescribed for their monstrous practice of human sacrifice. The biblical
injunction, "You shall not suffer a witch to live" (Exodus 22:18) had
nothing to do with bigotry against those practicing the religion of
witchcraft. God had warned Israel not to intermingle with the Canaanite
tribes - worshippers of Baal, Asherah, Molech and Ashteroth - because they
were practitioners of child sacrifice. The ancient Israelites were first
enticed into sexual promiscuity through the worship of Baal and Asherah, the
sun god and fertility goddess. The children of this generation grew up in a
world in which pagan sex rituals were deemed "normal." Soon Israel was lured
into worshipping Molech and Ashteroth, supposedly the same deities; but
darker and more sinister, demanding human sacrifice.
In Power of the Witch, Laurie Cabot extols the paganism the ancient
Celtic world in which fornication, adultery and homosexuality were "normal."
The Mother Goddess cult is presented as "a joyous, playful, sensuous,
peace-loving culture."7 Cabot then describes the permutation of the Mother
Goddess into an old crone and the Horned God into a ravenous animal.
Cabot's description closely mirrors the transformation of ancient deities
from sensual sun gods and fertility goddesses into demons of infant ritual
sacrifice. And like the ancient Israelites, 20th century Americans were
first enticed by the sexual revolution of the 1960s; and just a few years
later we codified abortion as a "fundamental right" and killed over one
million unborn children a year. Whenever pagan sexual immorality is
accepted, abortion and child sacrifice becomes a necessity in covering up
the fruit of sin. As we look at revivals of paganism in historical
perspective, the connection between abortion and witchcraft becomes even
more apparent. It is impossible to understand ancient and medieval Europe
without having an understanding of the pagan rituals that accompanied
everyday life. Paganism and Witchcraft played an important part in these
periods, affecting the lives of all classes of people. * The Celtic and
Northern German tribes - the ancestors of English and German speaking
peoples - were barbaric, pagan idolaters who sacrificed their own children
to the Mother Goddess. Child sacrifice and abortion were practiced and were
accepted as facts of everyday life - the necessary consummation of rampant
sexual immorality. *
In 15th century Italy, Pope Innocent VIII was so concerned about the rise of
witchcraft that he commissioned
Kraemer and Sprenger's famous Malleus Maleficarum, a treatise on Witchcraft.
Commissioned in 1484, the treatise repeatedly links witchcraft to abortion
and child sacrifice:
"Witches who are midwives in various ways kill the child conceived in the
womb and procure an abortion...."8 In Italy and other European countries of
the Renaissance, witchcraft was repeatedly linked to the practice of child
sacrifice and abortion.9 * During the reign of Louis XIV, witch trials were
held in France which exposed a vast network of abortion services and the
trafficking of new-borns used for sacrifices in the Sabbats of a High
Priestess named LaVoisin:
"The child was held over the altar, a sharp gash across the neck, a stifled
cry, and warm drops fell into the chalice.... The corpse was handed to
LaVoisin, who flung it callously into an oven fashioned for that purpose
which glowed white hot in its fierceness. It was proved that regular traffic
had been carried on for years with beggar women and the lowest prostitutes,
who sold their children for this purpose. At her trial LaVoisin confessed
that no less than 2,500 babies had been disposed of in this manner...."10 *
Nazi Germany is yet another example of how a revival of neo-Paganism led to
adult human sacrifice.
In The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich, William L. Shirer points to a
sterilization law passed in 1933 as the event which began the persecution of
Christians and Jews throughout Germany.11 Abortion was also made legal
during this time. This was the spiritual impetus which brought a revival of
human sacrifices being offered to ancient pagan deities - complete with Nazi
rituals - to the forefront.
The Holocaust was preceded by vast pageants which Hitler used to promote
Resolutions were drawn up requiring all pastors to take an
oath of allegiance to Hitler and insisting that all churches institute the
Aryan paragraph and exclude converted Jews."12 Pastors who resisted were
jailed. "Not many Germans lost much sleep over the arrests of a few thousand
pastors and priests or over the quarreling of Protestant sects. And even
fewer paused to reflect that under the leadership of Rosenberg, Borman and
Himmler, who were backed by Hitler, the Nazi regime intended to destroy
Christianity in Germany, if it could, and
substitute the old paganism of the early tribal Germanic gods and the new
paganism of the Nazi extremists.
As Bormann, one of the men closest to Hitler, said in 1941, 'National
Socialism and Christianity are irreconcilable.'"13
History tells us that neo-Paganism has experienced sporadic revivals, but
also that the Church has had great success in openly confronting witchcraft
and the practice of child sacrifice. But whenever the Church has compromised
with pagan culture, she herself has become paganized eventually committing
the same practices that she was commissioned to destroy. Pagan cultures that
have worshipped false gods and practiced human sacrifice - Canaanites;
Carthage; the Celtic tribes; and Nazi Germany - faced immanent destruction.
This scenario is being replayed today. We now have laws that make it a
federal felony for Christians to peacefully blockade an abortion clinic and
are on the verge of making "mercy killing" legal. We are facing the immanent paganization of our culture. Americans are turning to pre-Christian pagan
religions because the Church is culturally irrelevant and is not having an
impact on our society. Christians are losing the battle for the same reason
that the pagans are gaining a foothold. Pagans take pains to appear as "nice
people"; are involved in community causes; give generously to political
lobbyist groups such as NOW; and are aware of the threat that activated
Christians pose to their continued existence.
On the other hand, modern evangelical Christians are ignorant of the
historical precedent for revival even in the face of militant paganism. The
average evangelical is content to meet with other Christians on Sunday to
worship God, yet is not politically active and will not contribute in such a
way as to re-Christianize our nation. We do not see a need to resist
idolatry even with pagan immorality being codified at the highest levels of
government. But it is still possible to turn the tide! Just think of how
mighty and godly some of the more committed Christians in your community
are. Imagine how powerful God's people could be in turning the tide towards
righteousness. God has a prophetic company of men and women who are destined
to go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah to confront wickedness and
change our nation!
How you can resist modern paganism
1. Recognize that abortion is a spiritual issue.
Abortion is the sacrifice of human preborn infants on the altar of
convenience by those with a pagan world view. Abortion is not just a
political or social issue; it's a spiritual issue. Witchcraft is the
spiritual force behind the politics of abortion.
2. Engage in spiritual warfare against demonic forces. It is important for
the Church in America to go to the places where the killing is taking place
and intercede on behalf of the unborn. There are many forms that this can
take, but spiritual warfare is most effective when you appear physically at
the abortuary nearest to your home. Jesus said: "The gates of hell shall not
prevail against the Church" (Matthew 16:18).
3. Evangelism. Many abortion advocates are not secular humanists, but are
deeply spiritual people. They are drawn to the spiritual power of occult
practices. Some of the most meaningful evangelistic exchanges come before
the very gates of hell - the abortion clinics of America.
Don't get caught into the trap of thinking that God loves the abortionist,
but merely hates his sin.
God can pour out his grace on those practicing human sacrifice, but they
must repent. Pray that God will touch that deep spiritual impulse in
abortionists to seek reconciliation with their loving Father. Pray also that
if they don't repent that God will purge their sin with His fiery judgment.
4. Become politically and socially involved. Don't be fooled by the modern
prevailing notion that God is not involved in politics. Isaiah described the
role of Jesus Christ in governing the affairs of men: "And the government
shall be upon His shoulders" (Isaiah 9:6). This government includes
individual, family and church self-government, but this verse also applies
to civil government.
Civil government is not "secular" or evil, but should be ruled by the moral
law of God.
5. Give generously to ministries that are committed to reforming our
society. There are many organizations that are committed to fighting the war
against abortion. But reformation must happen at the grass roots level among
committed individuals. The best contribution you can make is to support the
local pro-life ministry in your area, or a local church or ministry that is
involved in societal reformation. The most meaningful sacrifice that you can
make is your own time and effort.
Unless you get involved, God will hold you ultimately responsible for the
holocaust that is occurring in our nation. For
a list of media resources and information on how you can resist the flood of
evil in our country, write: Media House International, P.O. Box 362173,
Melbourne, FL 32936.
1 Paul Solotaroff, "Surviving the Crusades," Rolling Stone,
2 Laurie Cabot, Power of the Witch (Delacorte Press, New York,1989) p.51.
3 Witchcraft: Commonly-Asked Questions; Straightforward Answers, Homebrewed
Productions, 2140 Shattuck Ave., #2236, Berkeley, CA94704.
4 Jan Phillips, "The Craft of the Wise," Ms., January/February 1993,p.79.
5 Cabot, pp.85,86. 6 Ibid, p.83.
7 Ibid, p.33.
8 The Malleus Maleficarum of Heinrich Kramer and James Sprenger,
trans. Rev. Montague Summers (Dover Publications, New York, 1971) p.66.
9 Montague Summers, Geography of Witchcraft (University Books, New
Hyde Park, New York, 1965).
10 Ibid, p.432,433.
11 William L. Shirer, The Rise and Fall the Third Reich (Simon and Schuster,
New York, 1960) p.234, 235. 12 Ibid, p.237. 13 Ibid., p.240.
Pagan Commentary on the News
OF COURSE I DON'T
BABIES' BLOOD, YOU NINNY,
By Khrysso Heart LeFey, MTS
Pagan Institute, Inc. Contributing Editor
"Child Sacrifice in the New Age: Salem's Witch Cult and America's
By Jay Rogers
In undertaking this response, I feel rather as though I were a New York
Times writer reviewing a Gospel tract found on the floor of the subway.
www.forerunner.com can really only be called a "medium" in the
broadest sense of the word as meaning a legible format. But by the same
token a kindergartener's finger-painting has, in fact, been executed in the
"medium" of paint.
These eight pages of drivel present the kind of tired propaganda that
equates pro-choice with being anti-life. I would like to say that it
completely lacks originality, but I have to allow as how it's pretty darn
creative to suggest that Pagans use aborted-fetus-blood in our rituals
because we are not anti-abortion. In a feat of grand prestidigitation, the
author takes one woman's words completely out of context and makes stunning
inferential leaps in order to vilify, nay, demonize, us in a decidedly Old
I have to admit that I once used the same rhetorical device, when
writing about witchcraft, that the author of this piece uses to make his
arguments. Namely, I consulted Montague Summers' translation of that Dark
Ages manifesto, Malleus Malifacarum, which equates witchcraft with
Christopher S. Mackay, Associate Professor in the Department of History
and Classics at the University of Alberta, says in his web site about his
research into the MM,
"The Malleus Maleficarum (Hammer of Witches) is a work of
benighted ignorance, warped logic and execrable inhumanity."
My excuse is that it was 1974 and almost nothing existed in my
small-town library, or anywhere else, for that matter, about Paganism in
general or witchcraft/Wicca in particular as any kind of contemporary
religious practice. Sybil Leek was one of the only modern writers I could
Oh, yes, and my other excuse: I was in the eighth grade, and my
cognitive abilities were a bit limited. I can only guess as to Rogers'
excuses for his junior-high-caliber scholarship.
I could go on, but I won't, because "Child Sacrifice in the New Age"
isn't worth it. I can't even dignify it by calling it "disingenuous" because
then I would be implying that the author is deliberately misleading the
reader, which would imply that the author understands what he is-and
isn't-talking about, and he doesn't.
I wish I could get used to the fact that such intellectual dishonesty
will always get passed off as "journalism," even though every time I go to
the supermarkets I see tabloids that testify to it. It seems to me that the
resounding moral is that it's still a free country and people can and will
still smear me and mine, and that I need to be proactive in educating people
with all the intellectual integrity.
©2004 Khrysso LeFey
Florida: Supremes Rule
In 1993, the Supreme Court ruled that the Hialeah, FL city
ordinance banning animal sacrifice was discriminatory, because it forbade only
some kinds of animal slaughter. Since then, most legal challenges against
animal sacrifice have revolved around disposal of the remains.
| On January 6, 2007, The Dallas News reported that the North Texan town of Euless brought charges against Jose
Merced, a Santero, for practicing animal sacrifice. While the law
prohibits ALL animal killing within the city limits, the Dallas News reports
that it is not otherwise enforced. Fishing, hunting, euthanasia and
commercial slaughter continue. forbidden to carry out religious sacrifices,
under a law designed to prevent the slaughter of livestock in city limits.
Ironically, as the article states, the law prohibiting animal killing seems
to be unenforced when it comes to slaughter for non-religious reasons, and
fishing, hunting, and euthanasia are also allowed.
Animal sacrifice is a central practice
in African diasporic religions, which include the Santeria, Voodoo, Palo
Mayombe, and Candomble. The purpose of ebo is to feed to Orishas with
the ache or life-essence of the animal. Having been respectfully fed,
the Orishas may be hoped to grant the wish of the practitioner. This
continues the ancient Roman principle of do ut des (I give that you