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Article ID: 4645
Age Group: Adult
Posted: September 2nd. 2002
David Brown 
by Kerr Cuhulain
Brown also attacks the Church of All Worlds, mentioning that in their Green Egg newsletter "Volume 29, No. 119; 1997 dealt with ritual sexual sado-masocshim (sic). There certainly is nothing wholesome about that!"(53) From this Brown bounces off on another tangent, speaking about an Ohio court case:
"Then there was the case of an Ohio witch who ended up in court. A 15 year old girl 'was selected as high priestess of the cult' and he initiated her and several other teenage girls in a perverse way. The news article states, 'There were candles, seances, rituals. They would have to be naked and have sex with him in order to get involved with the magic.' The witch leader was charged with three counts of second degree sexual assault of a child, and two counts of sexual intercourse with a child aged 16 or older. Again, witches lie when they say they are wholesome. Sexual perversion is never wholesome!"(54)
Some individuals have certainly used religion as a means to gain power or influence over young people in order to have sex. It is a proven fact that a small number of individuals have presented themselves as Wiccan clergy for this purpose. It is an unfortunate fact of life, yet these people invariably get caught as this person did and pay for their criminality. One doesn't have to look much further than recent newspaper headlines about sex scandals in churches to see that the religion most often used by people of this type for their nefarious purposes is Christianity, not Wicca. This doesn't occur to Brown, who goes on to say:
"Sexual perversion abounds in many witch covens and organizations! In 1991, I published a 30 page research report entitled, 'The Dark Side of Halloween.' In the book I quoted a former witch who said, 'Sadism was practiced frequently...' Several years back I brought this up on a national talk show. When I said this, two witches who worshiped Dagon were sitting on one side of me and a vampire on the other. The audience was peppered with witches. As soon as the words were out of my mouth there was a hot protest from the witches. In fact, since the show was not live, the witches put so much pressure on the producers that they edited out my words! They did not want the public to know about their sadistic practices. While not all witches engage in such perversions, there is a large constituency that do. ...there is nothing wholesome about any of these perverted sexual practices. While witches try to mask these diabolical practices, the record speaks for itself. And as Dr. Merill Unger observes, "for those who surrender to worship and serve Satan, the moral degradation and perversion is horrifying"(55)
Brown's memory seems faulty here. He certainly didn't quote any former witches who said anything about sadism in his 30 page report "The Dark Side of Halloween." The only time Brown mentions the term in this report is in his own statement that "At the least, exposure to sadism, sexual violence, satanism, torture, mutilation and bizarre murders causes our kids to become calloused to [violent] behaviors [around Halloween]."(56) The only alleged "former witch" mentioned in Brown's report is Irene Park, who we encountered earlier in this article.
Dagon is the name of an Assyro-Babylonian God of agriculture and a Phoenician Corn God, who later appears to have become a Sea God. This is also the name of a God of the Phillistines mentioned in Judges 16:23, 1 Samuel 5:2-7 and 1 Chronicles 10:10. It is the name of Bellzebuth's "grand pantler" in the Pseudo-Monarchia, and one of the fallen angels in Paradise Lost. It is one of the Infernal names listed in Anton LaVey's Satanic Bible and a deity mentioned in the Satanic Baptism in LaVey's The Satanic Rituals. Obviously Brown mentions the name here to suggest that the Witches that he mentions are Satanic. Without more information it is impossible to arrive at that conclusion. If they were actually Wiccans, they probably worshiped the agricultural deity.
Brown then tries to convince the reader that Wiccans conduct animal and human sacrifice:
"While many Wicca cult members offer fruit and vegetable sacrifices to their pagan gods and goddesses, blood offerings and animal or human sacrifices are a part of historic pagan and witchcraft rites. But, it is becoming increasingly frequent in the witch community today. I have read several accounts and have recorded personal testimonies of individuals who were initiated into witchcraft that incorporated rituals using their own blood. Consider Alex Sanders (1926-1988). He is the father of Alexandrian Wicca. He was initiated into witchcraft using a blood ritual. A witch had 'him stand nude in a circle with his head down. She took a sharp razor, cut his scrotum to make it bleedHe was initiated as a third degree, and he became a black magickian.' There are other uses of blood as well. For instance there is a connection between blood and the witches wand. "The most efficacious wand will be made of one of the woods sacred to the White Goddess: elderberry, willow, rowan, hazel, oak or mistletoe." The article goes on to say that the branch is then hollowed out and "filled with cotton wool and brought to life with three drops of the witch's own blood.' [emphasis in original]"(57)
Of course Brown doesn't identify any of the individuals that he claims to have recorded the testimonies of, making his claims difficult if not impossible to corroborate. Brown doesn't identify the source of the quote regarding Alex Sanders, nor does he identify the source of the quote regarding the construction of wands. Putting a drop of your own blood on some cotton wool and inserting this into a wand is not an example of human sacrifice. Brown goes on to try to link various unrelated events in an attempt to make his point. He mentions that "In the book, Secrets of the Occult by C.A. Burland, it talks about groups in south Germany about 1960 who 'hunted and decapitated deer for a blood-drinking rite.'"(58) From this Brown concludes that "Wiccans... do that and worse today," even though the book that Brown is quoting makes no mention of Wicca in relation to this hunting incident.
Brown also attempts to use the homicide case of Damien Wayne Echols as an example of Wiccan sacrificial practices:
"Consider the case of Wiccan Damien Wayne Echols. He was involved with the ritual murder of Michael Moore, Christopher Byres and Steve Branch. There are those who accused Echols of being a Satanist but Echols asserts that he is a Wiccan. In a search of his home they found a book of spells, potions and prayers which was his book of shadows. It begins with an entry stating "all rites are to be performed within a nine-foot circle." The article goes on to say, "following that, there is a ritual to be used for 'improving' the memory,' which includes using the 'heart, eye or brain of a lapwing or plover (birds) and hanging it on one's neck." (59)
This reads like Ceremonial magick from some medieval grimoire, which is precisely what it is. It is not Wiccan ritual practice. I was consulted by Scott Davidson and Val Price, defense counsel for the teenagers Damian Echols, Charles Baldwin and Jessi Misskelley, Jr. in March 1994. They were seeking information on religious symbolism and interpretation and on the expertise of some of the "occult experts" being used by the prosecution in this case. Thus I can say with some authority that Echols was practicing a form of Satanic magick pasted together from various sources, and not Wicca. Echols described what he was doing to investigators as "Witchcraft" as he thought that this is what Satanic magick was called.
Brown seems to anticipate my objections, as his next statement in this article is:
"Wiccans loudly protest when things like this are pointed out. And while I am sure that not all witches are involved in blood sacrifices there are those who are. Further, the originator of the Wiccan Cult, Gerald Gardner, was involved in human sacrifice. Here is what is recorded. "The group was deadly serious about their secret ritualBut to be 100 per cent effective there would have to be a human sacrifice." One of the coven members volunteered. 'The coven was also known to use an hallucinogenHaving formed their magic circle in the depths of the forest, the group, who were naked, made a line and held hands and then danced furiously around a small bonfire, chanting incantationsThey performed the rite with such vigour that one or two of them fainted, a not uncommon experience when a serious amount of power and energy is aroused by the perfomance of ritual. The old volunteer duly collapsed and died, and it is not known whether it was from an overdose of mushrooms, over-exhaustion or the cold. The great sacrifice had been made and the potency of their magicenhanced [emphasis in original]"(60)
Brown does not identify the source of this quote either. His remark, "this is what was recorded" suggests that Gardner recorded it, but I own all of Gardner's books and I can find nothing like this in them. Note how Brown has inserted the remark "One of the coven members volunteered." Is Brown suggesting that someone volunteered to be a sacrificial victim or is he saying that a former coven member volunteered the information? A man apparently collapses from exhaustion and dies during the ritual. Brown wants us to believe that this medical emergency was a human sacrifice.
"Historically, human sacrifice has been associated with witchcraft. Anyone who is intellectually honest will admit that. But it seems that some Wiccans are finally coming out of the closet and preparing the way for the acceptance of human sacrifice within their ranks. In fact, a major Wiccan periodical carried an article titled Sacrifice: An Elevation. In this article Nasira Alma states, "We cannot be 'above' sacrifice, human or otherDivinors foresaw events by noting the manner of the victim's fall, the twitching of his limbs, and how his blood spurtedSacrifice is the law of our nature. It maintains the balance between the inner and the outer, the physical and the spiritual, the Divine and the human." (61)
Historically, the people who associate witchcraft with human sacrifice are people like Brown. What he doesn't tell you here is that Nasira Alma was not a Wiccan. Alma spent five years in a Roman Catholic convent before pursuing Christian, Muslim, and Hindu spiritual paths. She was a devotee of the Goddess from a Hindu perspective, not a Wiccan. I suspect that the unnamed "Wiccan periodical" here is Womynspirit, as I know that they printed a tribute to Alma when she died in 1994.
Brown accuses Witches of "A massive nation wide disinformation campaign... mounted to convince people that their beliefs and practices are normal and acceptable."(62) I think that we can all clearly see now that Brown is engaging in a massive national disinformation campaign of his own. Brown violates the very principles that he accuses us of breaching: He is intolerant of the truth, he makes himself the authority, he looks to others of like mind to support his error, and he substitutes myths for the truth.
1. "Mythology Examined Biblically," 1995, http://logosresources.org/idx_occult.htm.
8. "Witchcraft Today," http://logosresources.org/idx_occult.htm
11. Brown, David L.: The Dark Side of Halloween, pg 1, emphasis in original.
12. ibid, pg 1.
13. Ibid, pg 5.
14. Ibid, pg 5.
15. ibid, pg 9.
16. ibid, pg 11.
17. ibid, pg 2.
18. ibid, pg 2.
19. ibid, emphasis in original.
20. ibid, emphasis in original.
22. ibid, pg 7.
24. ibid, pg 8.
25. Piggot, Stuart: The Druids, pg 130.
26. Brown, David L.: tract: The Dark Side of Halloween, pg 11.
27. ibid, pg 13.
28. CCIN Inc, File 18 newsletter, Vol. 5, No. 90-5, pg 2, emphasis in original.
29. ibid, pg 3.
30. ibid, emphasis in original).
31. ibid, emphasis in original.
32. ibid, pg 15.
33. ibid, pg 9.
34. ibid, pg 9.
35. ibid, pg 17, emphasis in original.
36. ibid, pg 17, emphasis in original.
37. ibid, pg 18.
38. "Unmasking The Truth About Witches: Their Deceptive Schemes, Old Tricks & Dirty Lies," 1997, http://logosresources.org/idx_occult.htm.
43. Sanders, Alex. (1984). The Alex Sanders Lectures, Magickal Childe Publishing, Inc., NY, pg 70.
44. "Unmasking The Truth About Witches: Their Deceptive Schemes, Old Tricks & Dirty Lies," 1997, http://logosresources.org/idx_occult.htm.
47. Leek, Sybil. (1971). The Complete Book of Witchcraft, Signet Books, Scarborough, Ontario, pg 65.
48. "Unmasking The Truth About Witches: Their Deceptive Schemes, Old Tricks & Dirty Lies," 1997, http://logosresources.org/idx_occult.htm
51. Farrar, Stewart. (1971). What Witches Do, Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, Inc, NY, pg 86.
52. Crowther, Patricia. (1989). Lid Off The Cauldron: A Wicca Handbook, Samuel Weiser, York Beach, Maine, Pg 7
53. "Unmasking The Truth About Witches: Their Deceptive Schemes, Old Tricks & Dirty Lies," 1997, http://logosresources.org/idx_occult.htm
56. "The Dark Side of Halloween," 1990, http://logosresourcepages.org/halloween.html#Introduction
57. "Unmasking The Truth About Witches: Their Deceptive Schemes, Old Tricks & Dirty Lies," 1997, http://logosresources.org/idx_occult.htm
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