The Catholic diocese of Shrewsbury in England has banned a coven of witches from using church premises to hold a Halloween event. The witches are outraged and are blaming the Catholic Church of religious bias–persecution even. You can read about it here.
The encouraging thing about these witches is that they actually look like witches. We are so used to witches being portrayed as the ladies on Bewitched, either the lovely Samantha or harmless eccentrics like Aunt Agatha or glamorous kooks like Endora. The leader of the pack, who has recently retired from her job as a forklift truck driver calls herself Amethyst Selmeselene, and gosh, the spooky thing is, she really looks looks like one of the hags from MacBeth!
I have a feeling the Vicar may have one or two things to say about this…