Tuesday, 23 October 2018

A Canadian woman has been charged with witchcraft

quote [ A 32-year-old Canadian woman has been charged with fraud over $5000 and witchcraft.

Witchcraft and fortune telling fall under section 365 of Canada's criminal code, which define it as pretending to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration, undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or pretending from skill or knowledge of “an occult or a crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found.” ]

Some things remain illegal in Canada.
[SFW] [crime & punishment] [+4 WTF]
[by foobar@12:08amGMT]

Comments

Ankylosaur said @ 1:44am GMT on 23rd Oct [Score:1 Underrated]
She wasn't charged with using witchcraft, she was charged with pretending to use witchcraft. This is like saying a person charged with impersonating a doctor is the same as outlawing medicine. Actual witches with actual magical powers are presumably free to practice their witchery in Canada.
arrowhen said @ 2:43am GMT on 23rd Oct [Score:3 Funny]
This is clearly just another case of Big Witchcraft suppressing alternative sorcery.
Ankylosaur said @ 2:51am GMT on 23rd Oct [Score:2 Funny]
I blame Monsantería.
knumbknutz said @ 2:39pm GMT on 23rd Oct
I absolutely refuse to cast healing and protection spells on my children for that exact reason.
Headlessfriar said @ 2:04am GMT on 23rd Oct
So if the defense attorney was turned into newt, and then got better, she'd be off free?
LurkerAtTheGate said @ 4:16am GMT on 23rd Oct [Score:1 Insightful]
Every one who fraudulently
(a) pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,
(b) undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or
(c) pretends from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been stolen or lost may be found.


So, fraudulently AND pretend. Real magic? Ok. Pretend magic? Fine as long as it isn't used for fraud. I.e. cold readers who claim to speak to the dead. Also I think telling fortunes/locating stuff is fine if 1) its true? and/or b) uncompensated.
Hugh E. said @ 5:09am GMT on 23rd Oct

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