This is in response to the letter from Betty Prindall in which she states that “”God vehemently speaks out against witchcraft, sorcery and black magic in his Holy Book,”” (Dec. 14).

Obviously, with a statement such as this, Ms. Prindall clearly has no understanding of the works of witchcraft at all except through a book that dates back more than 2,000 years.

Witchcraft, or Wicca as it is now referred to, is a peaceful religion. Wiccans follow the Wiccan Rede: “And it harm none, do what thou wilt.” And they have to abide by the threefold law, which pretty much states that anything you send out returns threefold (three times in the negative or the positive).

Wiccans I’ve talked with state that they would never send anything negative out unless it was for the general good. Keyword: general. So if they ever did send out anything negative, it wouldn’t be for a selfish reason. Generally though, nothing is sent out.

I acknowledge Ms. Prindall’s right to protest. It’s protected under the Bill of Rights. But isn’t freedom of speech also protected? If we started burning books we didn’t like, every single book would be ash because we could find something we didn’t like. Not to mention free thought would undoubtedly be severed from the human mind.

In rebuttal to her statement regarding witchcraft as evil, I shall quote Leviticus 19:15: “”Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honor the person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbour.”

I do believe Ms. Prindall and others are judging Harry Potter and Wiccans. With such a lack of information about Wicca, I don’t believe anyone can judge under the excuse of “”righteousness.””

Matthew David Pettengill, Lewiston


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