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Debunking Bizarre and Incendiary Claims by Christine O'Donnell Regarding Witchcraft and Satanism

Christine O'Donnell has made the internet news headlines with the re-emergence of a 1999 clip from Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect show, on which she made 22 appearances. In this clip she makes some very strange and, obviously, false claims about her involvement in witchcraft. It is baffling that anyone would make up such lies about themselves on national television. In more recent interviews, she has gone on to disparage occultists in an attempt to make up for or cover for her lies.
Currently, O'Donnell is running on the Republican ticket for U.S. Senator in the State of Delaware and has been dubbed a "Tea Partier" by members the popular media. The Tea Party, despite its name, is not a political party, but an effort to bring about an audit of the Federal Treasury that was begun by Libertarian Ron Paul.

O'Donnell is, also, the founder of a sex and masturbation-obsessed, fundamentalist Christian organization called "The Savior's Alliance for Lifting the Truth." You can hear her talking about sex and masturbation in this clip from an ad that ran on MTV: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzHcqcXo_NA NR;=1.

But, O'Donnell seems to have her own version of the truth and she frequently gets entangled in her own web of delusional lies, as she did in this clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOUf7xUru3E where she claims to have won more counties in an election than she actually did.

She certainly seems to have her own ideas about ethics and morality. That's why a watchdog organization called "Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington" has filed a complaint against O'Donnell for the illegal use of $20,000 in campaign funds to pay her rent and other personal expenses, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Of course, sex-obsessed Christian fundamentalists are nothing new. And, we've come to expect politicians to be thieves to the point that the terms are nearly synonymous. What makes O'Donnell stand out is that every time she opens her mouth some other shockingly stupid thing comes rolling out of it.

You can see a sample of this on the Bill Maher clip from 1999, wherein O'Donnell claims to have dated a witch and dined on a bloody Satanic altar, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqHpN4SbqVI.

O'Donnell makes some very bizarre claims in this clip. It is difficult to understand what would make anyone say such things unless they are delusional or pathological liars.

Then, in the course of trying to extract her foot from her mouth, she has gone on to suggest that those who practice witchcraft are "questionable people" and equates witchcraft with the use of drugs as she did in this clip: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/christine-odonnell-fights-back-11696632 tab;=9482930 section;=1206852 playlist;=11128084 page;=2.

Understandably, her comments have upset an under-represented, silent minority of people - witches and Satanists. Undoubtedly, many witches and Satanists are voters in Delaware who are unlikely to get fair representation from Christine O'Donnell.

So, on behalf of witches, Satanists and occultists everywhere, I would like to point out a few things that O'Donnell seems to have missed while allegedly "dabbling into witchcraft."

Here are the facts:

Most witches are not Satanists. Witches do not believe that Satan is a real thing. Satan is a late-comer in history. The name may have originated in the middle east, but the connection is vague and uncertain. Satan is a Christian device.

Some witches are Satanists. But, even Satanists do not worship Satan or any other deity nor do they believe in Satan, as such. Satanists might be described as spiritual atheists. They accept the term Satanist for themselves because they see themselves as the antithesis of Christian hypocrisy and weakness.

Most witches and Satanists are clean living people who do not take mind-altering substances including alcohol. This makes sense when you understand that witchcraft and Satanism are about being in control of yourself and your environment.

Most Satanists do not perform blood sacrifices. It would be even more rare for other witches to engage in the spilling of blood. A large majority of witches are Wiccans who have but one highly benevolent law, which involves the concept of not doing harm.

Many occultists, in general, are vegetarians. Meat, especially beef, alters our frequency and our ability to sense and perceive. Other foods increase our psychic abilities.

Altars are considered "sacred space" by witches and Satanists. An altar is set aside for specific purposes. No witch or Satanist would defile his or her altar by allowing a picnic to take place on it as O'Donnell claims.

The study of the occult is a serious and life-long undertaking. Most witches and Satanists are not dabblers. In fact, most of them are quite avid readers, which accounts for the number of metaphysical bookstores across the country. It is typical for all kinds of occultists to be well-versed in foreign languages and to have large personal libraries.

O'Donnells statements about witchcraft and Satanism are among her most reckless and damaging to other people. While it is clear that she knows nothing about the occult, it is still unclear why she would tell such outrageous lies about herself.

Maybe she is mentally ill, delusional or a just a pathological liar.

Regardless of the explanation, it begs the question: How do people as stupid, corrupt and possibly insane as this woman get this far running for public office?