Feb 282008

Along with other Toronto newspapers, The Star * runs the story of a beauty pageant winner, Stephanie Conover, who was allegedly told by another pageant’s director that her presence as a judge would not, after all, be welcome after she told them that her hobbies included interests in reiki healing and tarot cards. The director is quoted as writing:

“Our board of directors has eliminated her as a judge as tarot card reading and reiki are the occult and is not acceptable by God, Jews, Muslims or Christians. Tarot card reading is witchcraft and is used by witches, spiritists and mediums to consult the dark world”.

It gets funnier (in a “dark world” kind of way, you might say) so have a look at the article; and it’s probably best to laugh at the ludicrous nature of what appears to be an astonishing case of ignorance and intolerance.

Asked if her group is a religious one, Murray replied, “We adhere to God’s principles. We’re God-fearing. I wouldn’t say we’re religious”.

Ms Conover eloquently explains her position in this video on YouTube.

* You may or may not find significance in that.

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