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Court May Force Calif. Prisons to Hire Witches

Home - by - February 22, 2013 - 12:45 America/New_York - 12 Comments

 

JUDICIAL  WATCH

A federal appellate court has ruled that prison inmates who practice witchcraft can sue the state that incarcerates them for discrimination because it doesn’t hire a chaplain for them but does for more mainstream religions.

It’s one of those only in California stories, but it’s going through the federal court system so it deserves attention. Two incarcerated women who practice Wicca, a goddess-worshiping form of witchcraft, sued the state for refusing to hire a Wiccan chaplain. In their complaint the women claim that Wicca has more adherents in their northern California state prison than two of the five religions—including Islam and Judaism—that have state-paid chaplains.

Wiccan inmates have access to a volunteer chaplain, the prisoners claim, but the volunteer is only available every two or three months and the jailed Wiccans need frequent contact with ordained clergy. That’s because clergy is essential to perform “initiations, blessings and ceremonies” in a faith that relies on “an oral tradition of songs and stories.”

A federal court in Fresno dismissed the inmates’ lawsuit in 2011 after finding no violations in their rights. However, this week the notoriously liberal Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals brought it back to life by overturning the decision. The San Francisco-based appellate court ordered the original judge to reconsider the case and determine whether state prisons unconstitutionally prefer majority religions over Wicca and other minority faiths.

MORE  http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2013/02/court-may-force-calif-prisons-to-hire-witches/

» 12 Comments

  1. Ohadi84

    February 22nd, 2013

    Gloria says that her broom is ready to travel.

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  2. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    February 22nd, 2013

    Lolol!

    Bfh. Did you ever do a Gloria Allred without makeup image?
    *shudder*

    The prisoners get more rights than the citizens of CA. Well the legal citizens anyway

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  3. Will Profit

    February 22nd, 2013

    California has long been in the vanguard of states advancing the cause of witches rights as evidenced by this classic piece from LAT comnist, Burt Prelutsky:

    “Frankly, I don’t know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I’m not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we’re number one. There’s no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on ‘Macbeth’. The three of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don’t know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words.”

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  4. Two Legged Blue Eyed Cracker

    February 22nd, 2013

    This will offend.

    How can anyone be clergy for the state?

    (Apologies to authentic chaplains everywhere but you have to be asking the same thing – there’s no way I could sit across from an Imam and a Wiccan and talk about pastoral care.)

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  5. Stranded in Sonoma

    February 22nd, 2013

    This is so Pelosi, Feinstein, and Boxer have jobs when they leave politics.

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  6. Poonces

    February 22nd, 2013

    Lol. Libstainistan prisons are home to a bunch of witches? I thought they sent them all to D.C.

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  7. Boxer, Pelosi & Feinstein

    February 22nd, 2013

    @Will Profit – you mean these three pretties?
    (if I can get the damn avatar to work!)

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  8. scr_north

    February 22nd, 2013

    Oh for pete’s sake these two female inmates are probably already practising their “oral tradition” on each other. This is just another bullshit request made to just force the prison administration to waste time and money. Prisoners have nothing better to do then this type of crap but the ACLU and the like have forced them to spend precious little resources responding.

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  9. Boxer, Pelosi & Feinstein

    February 22nd, 2013

    @Will Profit – you mean these three pretties?
    (see if this works)

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  10. Tim

    February 22nd, 2013

    Proof positive that the Judiciary is broken beyond repair.

    We need to start hanging these foolish judges.

    What about the vampires?
    What about the werewolves?
    What about the rastafarians?
    What about the Paulbots?

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  11. GW Bear

    February 22nd, 2013

    Nancy Pelosi isn’t doing anything, is she? Now that’s a witch if I ever saw one.

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  12. ohwow

    February 22nd, 2013

    Up here in Canada the Feds just did the reverse of this. no more wicca’s, imams or other looney religious service or visits for Federal prisoners.
    They explained that the reasoning was cost cutting.

    The left lost it for a day and then they forgot about it or went on to the next days gripe.

    LOL

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