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Posted on Thursday, May 31 - 2007

The adventures of boy wizard Harry Potter can stay in Gwinnett County school libraries, despite a mother's objections, a judge ruled Tuesday. Laura Mallory, who argued the popular fiction series is an attempt to indoctrinate children in witchcraft, said she still wants the best-selling books removed and may take her case to federal court."I maybe need a whole new case from the ground up," Mallory said. The woman, who said two of her four children attend public schools in thecounty, was not represented by an attorney at the hearing.The ruling by Superior Judge Ronnie Batchelor upheld a decision by the Georgia Board of Education, which had supported local school officials.County school board members have said the books are good tools to encourage children to read and to spark creativity and imagination.J.K.

Rowling's Harry Potter books, published by London-based Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, tell stories of children with magic powers. They are the most challenged texts of the 21st century, according to the American Library Association.At Tuesday's hearing, Mallory argued inpart that witchcraft is a religion practiced by some people and, therefore, the books should be banned because reading them in school violates the constitutional separation of church and state. "I have a dream that God will be welcomed back in our schools again," Mallory said. "I think we need him."

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Posted on Sunday, August 04 - 2013

Google Earth photographs show the presence of a huge pentagram in a remote region of Kazakhstan.The five-pointed star is clearly visible on the shore of the Upper Tobol Reservoir and is situated at least 12 miles from the nearest village. Measuring over 1,200 feet across the giant symbol has been subject to numerous conspiracy theories and linked to several nefarious religious sects.The truth however may be far more benign thanks to the research of one archaeologist, Emma Usmanova, who set out to investigate the discovery.As it turns out, the area is nothing more than an old park built in the shape of a star, something that was used a lot in the design of flags, monuments and facades during the Soviet era.

"Conspiracy theorists, start your engines: On the wind-blown steppes of central Asia, in an isolatedcorner of Kazakhstan, there"s a large pentagram etched into the Earth"s surface."  

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Posted on Wednesday, May 15 - 2013

Aviation authorities in Swaziland have aimed tough penalties at witches caught flying over 150m.The bizarre aviation laws highlight the degree to which authorities in the tiny southern African country take witchcraft seriously. Broomsticks used by witches are considered similar to other heavier-than-air transportation devices and anyone caught flying one above 150m will be arrested and subjected to ahefty fine.

According to the law, flying below the 150m mark isn"t a problem.The laws were reiterated following the arrest of private investigator Hunter Shongwe after he was caught flying a toy helicopter with a camera attached to it within Swazi airspace. He was later charged with operating an unregistered aircraft and for failing to appear before his chief to be questioned by authorities. "Witches’ broomsticks are considered similar to anyheavier-than-air transportation device that is airborne, reports The Star."  

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Posted on Friday, March 02 - 2012

Police have warned of a rise in cases involving people being tortured due to being branded as witches.The warning follows the case of Kristy Bamu who was tortured and killed by his own brother on the basis that he was a kindoki witch. The rise in such cases stems from an increasingly widespread West African belief system that promotes the idea that children can be possessed by evil spirits. "We know this is an under-reported crime and a hidden crime," said TerrySharpe, leader of a specialist police unit that investigates cases of this nature.

Another case this week involved a couple in London who were convicted of torturing a 15-year-old to death, again on the pretense that he was possessed. The warning came after a London couple were convicted yesterday of torturing a a 15-year-old boy to death because they were convinced he was possessed by evil spirits. Murderer Eric Bikubi – who with his partner, Magelai Bamu, subjectedher younger brother, Kristy, to four days of torment before drowning him – was obsessed with kindoki.  

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