The past months have been turbulent to say the least. Between uprisings, global economic woes, the natural disaster in Japan and the potential cataclysmic nuclear problems at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. Incidentally this tragedy may turn out to be an important wakeup call as it highlights the inadequate safety protocols existing in the plants operating here in the US and their lack of compliance. We are also facing a tough local economy, our armed forces are engaged in many places and we keep spending money we do not have.
In addition to this, I found about a symposium held at Harvard starting tomorrow featuring a panel of extremist and outspoken Christians. I cannot believe that Harvard would sanction such an event, yet after some reflection, I decided that in the spirit of cooperation, I would try and help them in my own way.
You can find out about this special panel and the panelists here:
In addition to their treating gays as demonically possessed and their amusing but heartfelt belief that anyone engaged in “false religions” (nearly everyone) might be the victim of or be creating generational curses, (which you will be pleased to know they can cure), they of course point to Witches as something to be abolished, all in the name of Jesus no less. Many of the speakers see themselves as Witch hunters and in their view of the world, the problems of the world have a central cause, non Christians. Don’t take my word , here is an interesting video:
Having studied a bit of history and learned a thing or two from it, the inquisition, the Witch trials and all that followed, cost the Christians in their day a lot of money, they inconvenienced many people and sadly a lot of folks were tortured, burned, hanged, drowned, stoned who were probably not Witches at all.
I thought I would help these Witch-hunters by making their task easy. So here is my invitation, if you wish to come after Witches, rather than randomly waking people up in the middle of the night, or making threats towards everyone, please come to Salem. There are quite a few of us here and as far as I know, none of us are hiding and in fact we are quite easy to spot, even in a crowd.
Now to be fair, I would also suggest that you have your lawyers on speed dial because when I last checked we were living in the United States and while free speech is certainly protected, hate speech and the hate crimes that stem from it are frowned upon here. You might envy the tactics of Christian ministers in Africa which are well documented as they kill thousands of innocent children with battery acid and fire to “exorcise them” * (see video link) but you are in the United States where that kind of behavior is not acceptable quite yet.
I would also suggest that on the brief commute from Harvard to Salem, you do a little research on what Witches stand for, I can speak for my tradition and as the founder of the Cabot Kent Hermetic Temple a federally recognized church, that we advocate respect for nature, service to our community and to harm none and that our actions be correct and for the good of all. We were around before your founder Abraham and the religion you now follow is a sister religion to Islam and Judaism which many of you presently condemn. Still if you want to blame us for all the problems of the world, we are here with our robes on and our constitutions and the majority of the Salem Police dept.
Laurie Cabot hps
PS. If any of you wish to communicate with Harvard, here is the information you need and a form letter (feel free to improvise) that was sent to me by a fellow Witch
Office of the Dean
Kresge Building, Room 1005
677 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Office of the President
or Office of the General Counsel
Dear Sir, Madam
I am appalled at the actions of Harvard in hosting the Social Transformation speakers on April 1 and 2, 2011. The speakers slated for this conference have espoused hatred and persecution of gay people and have promoted religious discrimination and persecution of non-Christians (to the point of being considered "witch hunters")
While I believe in the right to free speech, this amounts to a religious group proselytizing for their particular brand of hate and is not in the interest of either the public or the university. Why not just invite the Westboro Baptist church too?
I have seriously lowered my opinion of Harvard on the basis of this program and sincerely hope that you will reconsider. I also hope that you will consider the legal implications should some unbalanced individuals decide to attack gay or non-Christian people or organizations as a result of this symposium.
*here is some light reading about the goings on in Africa. There is much more but this was one striking article.