Letting the witch out of the bottle
How should social workers “engage with faith communities where particular beliefs, such as witchcraft and possession, cause emotional trauma and physical harm to children”? That was a question posed at a conference on child abuse reported by the Church Times.
On page 4, the paper also ran a report about children in Cornwall being offered paganism in their religious education syllabus. “The syllabus allows teachers to respond to – and celebrate – local diversity,” said the director of education for the Truro diocese of the Church of England.
On page 7, the paper reported: “Concern about accusations of witchcraft and possession within black and minority ethnic communities was heightened this year by the case of Kristy Bamu, aged 15, who was murdered by his sister and her partner.” His killers had thought he was using the harmful power of witchcraft.
So it seems there are now two kinds of witchcraft: the bad kind that black people believe in, and the kind that should be celebrated because it is believed in by Cornish people.
It’s not just Cornwall. The Pagan Federation has just been allowed to join the Religious Education Council, which aims to foster religious education in schools. A spokesman said, smugly, that diversity was its strength. In response, the Catholic Education Service is considering its membership.Continue reading at www.telegraph.co.uk