News about Wiccans and other
Neopagans in the media appears to be drying up.
We suspect that some of the reasons are:
Many new conservative Christian web sites and books have accurately
reflected Wicca instead of reprinting misinformation based on religious
propaganda from the Burning Times
The public has generally become much more aware of Wicca, and have
accepted it as a valid minority religion.
Enough Wiccans have enforced their rights through the court. Fewer public school districts
continue to ban religious jewelry; fewer municipal councils reject
non-Judeo-Christian representatives for the delivery of invocations.
2008-FEB-14: Saudi "Witch" sentenced to be
executed: Fawza Falih is an illiterate woman in Saudi Arabia who was
accused by a man of causing his impotence. She was arrested by religious
police, and allegedly mistreated. She was forced to mark a confession
written by the police with her fingerprint. The confession was not read to
her in advance. A number of witnesses said that she had bewitched them as
well, and provided written statements to the court. She and her
representatives were not allowed to attend most of the hearings. She was
sentenced to be executed. The conviction was overturned on appeal appeal
court. But the law courts re-imposed the death sentence because they felt it
would be in the public interest. Human Rights Watch has appealed to
the King Abdullah who alone has the power to cancel the execution.
The above report has no connection to Wicca. However, the media are
referring to her as a "witch" in the sense of a sorceress who is believed by
some to engage in black magic.