I saw a clip of this on the news the other day and finally got around to reading the press release on it. It's absolutely sick!! The world needs to change their views on witchcraft in a very big way! Read the linked article from The Guardian (newspaper) website. Its horrific.
People need to change their views on witchcraft, and I'm not entirely sure how we need to go about making this change. We can't let this sort of thing carry on all around the world. A Global Council Of Witchcraft should be set into place and then whenever a case is bought to our court, the elders of the craft and for the sake of equality, an equal amount of non-practising people would be involved in the decision making as there would obviously be non-practitioners trying to take the Witch to court for whatever etc, but the mixed panel could deal with it most effectively, where malicious and evil uses of the craft are punishable but if the reasoning and uses of energy/magic were benevolent, then it should be disregarded. It would be like a court of law specifically designed to deal with issues surrounding witchcraft.
Not that any of that has much to do with this story of a boy horrifically tortured and eventually drowned by his own sister and her boyfriend for being involved in witchcraft and suspected by them to be involved in possessions. But I still think that a Witchcraft Council would be beneficial. Link to story is below:
People with African cultural upbringing are terrified of witchcraft.
I don't think a global council will have any impact at all on that reality.
It's just so sad that there's still THAT much misunderstanding out there. And I think you're probably right about the council idea, but it was a nice thought whilst it lasted. If only there were a way to open their eyes to the genuine ways/workings/beliefs... :(
sounds to me like there is more to the story than just a young boy named kristy killed for practicing witchcraft. like.. other motives for the killing/abuse, and witchcraft being the choice term to spark the attention of the people (in this particular case). just my opinion tho.