April 5, 2011

Witchcraft Trumps National Security

Dorthy and the Wickey Witch of
TSA
By Francis Nye

People are such fearful and suppositious creatures that if someone doesn’t fully understand or appreciate something or someone then they mistrust it and lash out at it. A Wiccan TSA employee alleges that she has been harassed and fired from her job because of her religion.  I personally think her accusations may have merit knowing how witches have always been persecuted in the past.

Carole Smith was one of the best at finding weapons in luggage at New York's Albany International Airport.  Despite this she was fired after a series of incidents starting with a complaint from a co-worker that Miss Smith had cast a spell on her.  Mary Bagnoli accused Miss Smith of following her on the highway one evening after work and casting a spell on the heater of her car, causing it not to work, though she later admitted she had not actually seen Miss Smith's car.

This is all laughable because a practitioner of Wicca does not cast spells or anything like what Smith is being accused of. Wicca is very nature oriented and actually has a lot of similarities with Native American.  The spells that a Wicca practitioner casts are meant to bring them closer to nature, not to cause harm to others.  Moreover, even if she did cast a spell, which she denies doing, is one really that naive to think she has real power.  If she had that kind of power she should quit the TSA and take her show on the road and make real money.  Only a nut would claim to have real power and only a nut would believe it.

To add further insult to injury Smith’s employer suggested that she go into a formal mediation session with her accuser and educate her on her religion to dispel any misconceptions. She of course refused.  At a hearing her employer admitted that they would not expect a Jewish person to do that in the same circumstances and that they actually did not know that Wicca was a recognized religion.  Even more egregious is after the complaint was filed other employees started asking where her broom was parked and why she didn't wear her pointy hat to work.  I am just glad they didn’t take her out in the parking lot and burn her at the stake or throw her in the river to see if she would float. 

It surprises me that this is the kind of professionalism that is tolerated from a national security agency of the United States Government that is responsible for our safety.  I don’t know about you but I would be wary of flying out of the Albany International Airport after learning that one of their best baggage screeners was dismissed over such a trivial thing as her religion and a totally baseless accusation.  I think the real problem here is management of the TSA.  How can the supervisors of TSA think there is any merit to these allegations of so-called witch craft?  Another good point is that all this happened off the clock and off the property.  So is TSA now involved in its employee’s personal lives as well?

When will we as a species finally realize there is no such thing as magic or the supernatural?  Witches have no more power than faith healers, gypsies or wizards.  We should be more afraid of terrorist than of witches.  Terrorist are real.  We have seen the horrific pain and suffering they have caused.  How they have debilitated our society and our core values.  When was the last time you saw a witch soaring over head on her broom? Ω TRT.


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