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Halifax Witch Says She's Not Safe Anymore

(Bold emphasis mine.)

In Halifax, Nova Scotia, Shauna Cook says she and her friends are being physically attacked for their religious beliefs. Cook is a hedgewitch, and makes no secret of it. On September 1st, a pair of teenagers leaving Cook's house were attacked by a group of attackers. One of the victims, an 18-year-old woman, ran back to Cook's house to call for help, and was struck in the head with a rock. The 17-year-old boy who was with her was even less fortunate, and was beaten and stabbed in the back, before he finally escaped back to the house.

This comes on the heels of an August attack on Cook herself and her family, in which she and her children were surrounded by assailants with bats. Cook says her neighbors don't understand her religion, and call her a "white supremacist," which she firmly denies. The alleged attackers are all black.

Cook told a reporter, "I stand out like a sore thumb." She added that her black clothing and her grammatically correct English make her different from her neighbors. Cook and her children have packed up to live with her mother in another town, hoping they'll be safer there.

Unfortunately, none of the news articles I've read on this case have really gone into any detail as to whether or not this case was indeed religiously motivated, so until police release more information we'll have to wonder how witch-friendly Halifax is. There don't appear to be any interviews with neighbors or co-workers, nor is there any comment from the two victims of the Sept. 1 attack. Regardless of what the motivation was in this, no family should have to live in fear of their own neighbors. I hope Ms. Cook and her children are able to find the safe haven they deserve.

Originally posted= http://paganwiccan.about.com/b/a/000078.htm?nl=1


People are stupid. You know, maybe Alex is right... maybe stupid people like those attackers SHOULD be "put down." Because even if she *were* a white supremacist, that's no excuse for them being attacked. I may not agree with racists, but attacking anyone for their beliefs - no matter what those beliefs are - is wrong.

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gkathellar
Sep. 14th, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
You know, maybe Alex is right... maybe stupid people like those attackers SHOULD be "put down." ... I may not agree with racists, but attacking anyone for their beliefs - no matter what those beliefs are - is wrong.

Okay, so killing people for their beliefs is wrong, but killing people for their beliefs in retribution is just grand-spankin' dandy?

Chill.
consortofvenus
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yes, actually. Not for this crime, mind you. But for worse crimes that deserve death (not to mention to keep other people safe). One loses any pretense of "rights"; they no longer deserve it via a choice that they themselves made.
gkathellar
Sep. 14th, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
Revenge is fundamentally illogical in that it fails to achieve any valuable ends except personal satisfaction.

And which crimes are these that deserve death, again? Rehabilitation of criminals is possible, just not in the modern American justice system.

You can hinge your arguments on keeping people safe, institution of the death penalty usually causes the crime rate to increase.
fayanora
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
I wasn't being serious, you know.
gkathellar
Sep. 14th, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
I don't think euthanasia is funny. Big surprise.
alex_antonin
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:52 pm (UTC)
Fayanora and those others don't *really* mean that. They were half-joking.

Me, on the other hand... well, maybe not killed for THAT crime. But for some crimes, yeah. I guess I agree with consortofvenus on that point.

As to what punishment those attackers should get? Their eyes forced to remain in an open position while their brain is raped by images from wtf_rule34.
gkathellar
Sep. 14th, 2007 10:18 pm (UTC)
As opposed to rehabilitating them and actually getting something done, instead of simply making you feel better about yourself and your misguided sense of justice.
consortofvenus
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:25 pm (UTC)
I disagree that it's misguided. I think they deserve it and I see no reason to be ashamed. Although for most crimes limited rehabilitation might be useful. Thing is, those criminals who are repeat offenders just aren't worth all the time and money spent on them.

It's like this. You step into the lions dead, with suicidal intent, then I'm not obligated to save you and you're gone. You make a major problem of yourself to the rest of humanity and you go (or maybe get exiled onto some island with no chance of getting off).
gkathellar
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:33 pm (UTC)
Redemption is neither a morally worthless concept nor a waste of time and money to propagate. And again, as we've seen from crime rates relative to the institution of capital punishment, the death penalty actually creates larger scale social problems. So even from a utilitarian standpoint, where we measure good and evil by percentages, that logic fails.

And no, you're not obligated to save someone who steps into a lion's den. There is no obligation in good. But you should save that person regardless, as long as you have the power to do so without sacrificing yourself.
fayanora
Sep. 17th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
I can kinda see his point, though. Some people are just too stubborn to be redeemed. I think we ought to try as hard as possible to redeem them, but then if it fails, keep them in prison the rest of their life.
gkathellar
Sep. 17th, 2007 11:58 pm (UTC)
Of course. But you never stop trying.
consortofvenus
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC)
den, not dead*
consortofvenus
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:29 pm (UTC)
Also I might actually be more lenient regarding rehabilitation if only we could actually afford that sort of justice system. Maybe one day.
gkathellar
Sep. 15th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I hope you realize we have enough money and resources in the world to put most human beings on at least an urban middle class level. The problem is not the lack of wealth, it is the poor distribution of wealth inherent to capitalism.
fayanora
Sep. 17th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
Amen to that! And you know, if we implemented a plan to indeed make most human beings urban middle class (or, at least, guaranteed their most basic needs) we would slash crime rates tremendously. Because for every criminal committing a crime out of greed (who doesn't really need it), there are several other people who commit crimes out of desperation.
gkathellar
Sep. 18th, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
Definitely. And look at the explosion of values and humanism during the Renaissance, a period of great wealth in Europe. An influx of positives creates even more positives.
consortofvenus
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, what a great time we chose to move out of the sticks. I'm already on edge when it comes to looking so gay (and bashings happen here occasionally) and now I have to worry about my black clothing and probably reversed cross while I'm at it.

I kind of hope she was a white supremacist now haha. Though it'd be odd if she lived near so many black people, if she is one. This really is an interesting case. I need to find out more about it.
consortofvenus
Sep. 14th, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
A commenter on the About article who claims to be a neighbour and friend:
#

Argh! I love how stories get distorted.

First of all, in both attacks on Ms. Cook, no- not ALL the attackers were ‘black’ (forgive the non-p.c. term). There were white kids attacking them, as well.

Secondly, in the first attack, her children were NOT involved. It was actually Ms. Cook and her husband who were beaten with baseball bats, and this happened jsut a few feet from their door. Ms. Cook had been returning home when she was attacked. She told her friend to run to the house, and then her husband came to her aid.

Ms. Cooks’s reference to ‘grammatically correct english’ was taken out of context and bastardized. During the interview, she continued to say that she and her family don’t use slang. As she lives in a part of town known to be ‘low-income’, yes, using proper english DOES make one stand out.

As for the youths who were attacked Friday night/Saturday morning- the original reporter did indeed quote them after interviewing them. The reporter attempted to interview neighbors but no one wished to comment. That include myself. I am not only Ms. Cook’s friend and business partner, but I also happen to live on the same street where these attacks happened.

Were these attacks solely motivated by religion? I can’t say for sure. But Shauna’s family (as well as my own) do not hide our Pagan ways. We don’t go knocking on doors, but we aren’t in the broom closet, either. We dress differently, we raise our children differently. And as we know from history, the minority usually get the crappy end of the stick.

I apologize for the anger I displayed while typing this, but after 2 days I’m kinda fed up…

Comment by Paula Sepp — September 10, 2007 @ 5:26 pm
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