Isaiah Zoar Marin, Christian zealot beheads teen, Jacob Andrew Crockett, for practicing witchcraft

  • metta

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    Nov 01, 2014 3:28 AM GMT
    Christian zealot beheads teen for practicing witchcraft


    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2014/10/christian-zealot-beheads-teen-for-practicing-witchcraft/
  • tj85016

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    Nov 01, 2014 4:06 AM GMT
    7.3 billion people, there's bound to be some wack jobs on the loose.
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    Nov 01, 2014 4:34 AM GMT
    Um...

    What the $%^& does it mean that the victim practiced witchcraft? The article claims this at least three times, *not* in quotes, as if to assert witchcraft was somehow real and the kid was actually out there casting spells on people.

    I'd say this reflects pretty crappy journalism, but the AP didn't clarify much in the few other sources I could find.

    So have I missed something? Or is the beheading of a teenager by a meth-head just not serious enough to warrant meaningful reporting?

    Edit: This source has a little more information, but more importantly makes the distinctions between knowns and unknowns a tad clearer:

    http://kfor.com/2014/10/30/police-investigate-near-beheading-murder-of-stillwater-teen-one-in-custody/

    Edit 2: This one says more about the victim than just claiming he was a witch; apparently that was not actually the extent of the local community's impression of him after all:

    http://newsok.com/stillwater-man-killed-in-near-beheading-murder-charge-filed/article/5361825

    metta8, is there something worthwhile about patheos story that I may have missed? icon_confused.gif
  • metta

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    Nov 01, 2014 5:54 AM GMT
    People that I have known that have called themselves witches in the past usually describe themselves as Wiccan.
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    Nov 01, 2014 6:11 AM GMT
    metta8 saidPeople that I have known that have called themselves witches in the past usually describe themselves as Wiccan.


    The few Wiccans I've known have been quick to distinguish between Wicca and witchcraft (edit: though a little cursory reading suggests this is not as representative as I had though it was). Plus, it seems the witchcraft thing was mostly in Marin's head; it looks like Crockett was a metalhead with a few occult fascinations that Marin considered witchcraft.

    I guess part of the reason this irritates me is that I've done my time in a few angry evangelical churches where they did actively tell the youth groups that so-and-so in their class is practicing witchcraft when they read a certain book or play a certain videogame or listen to a certain band. This situation reeks of that, and the Patheos article seems (to me) to be playing along more than the other reports. I suppose we'll eventually get more information in any case.
  • tazzari

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    Nov 01, 2014 6:39 PM GMT
    Religion...
  • roadbikeRob

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    Nov 01, 2014 8:14 PM GMT
    tazzari saidReligion...
    Ancient fairy tales.
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    Nov 01, 2014 10:51 PM GMT

    Poor misguided uniformed Christian, doesn't he know his own people have used the same 'witch craft' for centuries? icon_rolleyes.gif