Updates: Temple of Witchcraft, Verdict in Abusive Coven Case, Charles Jaynes, and More!

Here are some updates on previously reported stories here at The Wild Hunt. The Temple of Witchcraft Wins Zoning Permission: The Temple of Witchcraft, a religious organization co-founded by author Christopher Penczak, after encountering some resistance from neighbors to expand and make improvements to their new building in Salem, New Hampshire, has received unanimous approval from the local Planning Board. “The Temple of Witchcraft has received final approval to expand its operations on North Policy Street, despite opposition from neighbors. The Planning Board voted unanimously last week to grant the nonprofit organization the permission it needs to relocate from 2 Main St. to a two-story building at 49 N. Policy St.” Opponents insisted this was only about traffic and noise, and not about Witchcraft, though one neighbor did question if the Temple of Witchcraft was “truly a religious organization deserving of a zoning exemption.”

The Witch Gambit Didn’t Work (This Time)

The New Hampshire Union Leader reports on an animal cruelty case where the defense wanted to introduce evidence that the main witness (and owner of the cat allegedly killed by the defendant) lacked credibility because she was a Witch. Vanilla-Clove Moonstone wept on the witness stand yesterday as she described seeing her former neighbor whip her cat, Buddha, to the brink of death with a white cord in summer 2007 … Before the trial began in Sullivan County Superior Court yesterday, Judge John Arnold ruled the defense could not introduce evidence that Moonstone practices witchcraft because her beliefs are irrelevant to her credibility as a witness. “Your honor, I think there’s a vast difference between Christianity and witchcraft,” Hulser argued before the ruling. “This goes to credibility.”

(Pagan) News of Note

My semi-regular round-up of articles, essays, and opinions of note for discerning Pagans and Heathens.The New York Sun prints an article on modern Pagans and opines that if mainstream integration poses too many stumbling blocks, they would fit in well with America’s long history of secluded religious enclaves.”Drag yourself to enough roadside historical plaques around the nation’s midsection and you realize this place was built of enclaves … being remote can be good. There’s nothing like a little added geography to solve social friction. Your neighbors will bother you less if you don’t see them. Thanks to the Internet – the witch school is online, after all – and thanks to simple things like decent highways, the isolation is optional.