A letter to your local Police
Article ID: 1936
Age Group: Adult
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Posted: February 2nd. 1997
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Dear Chief of Police/Training Officer,
Every year the Witches' Voice sends out informational packages to area law enforcement agencies in order to provide basic education concerning the religion of Witchcraft/Wicca. Please take the time to read the enclosed material and pass the information on to your local training personnel.
Witches come from all walks of life. Not only are there Witches in your town or city, there may indeed be some on your street or in your department. Many Witches/Wiccans are quiet about their beliefs because of the fear of discrimination resulting from the centuries of negative stereotypes and misinformation that surround our religion. The law clearly states that Witchcraft/Wicca is a legally recognized religion for First and Fourteenth Amendment protection. While there may be some that disagree with our religious practices, we are law abiding members of a diverse society and are guaranteed the right to freedom of religion and equal protection under the law. These rights have already been established in the legal system of the United States. Please advise your law agents that they must provide the same protection and rights to Witches that all other Americans enjoy.
Unfortunately, acts of discrimination can and do occur against Witches in your community. The prompt response of your law agents to reports of this type is essential if we are to stem the tide of religious intolerance and prevent possible acts of violence or vandalism against those who are in the minority. Please include this information in all your training programs. We know you will respond in a professional manner to all requests for assistance from the Witches/Wiccans in your area and we include this statement solely for the purpose of emphasizing how serious this issue has become in some areas of the country. On our part, we will gladly work with you to provide additional educational resources and/or speakers for your training programs. Additional information is available on our web site at: http://www.witchvox.com
Location: Tampa, Florida
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