The National Post has an interesting article today about a rarely used piece of Canadian law; Woman faces witchcraft charge in fraud case. , a 36 year old woman is facingin eight charges including the witchcraft charge.
Police have invoked a rarely used witchcraft charge against a Toronto woman [Vishwantee Persaud] accused of defrauding a lawyer [Noel Daley] of nearly $150,000 after she reportedly suggested she was possessed by his dead sister’s spirit.
Wait a minute; isn’t this the same trick that all the brand name psychics use? Possessed by spirits, communing with spirits, etc? Maybe we could use this law to fight Slyvia Browne books and appearances within Canada?
veteran criminal lawyer Noel Daley – began to serve as a mentor to Ms. Persaud in February 2009 on the basis that she was bright, articulate and very knowledgeable about criminal law.
Woman pretended to be a law student, and talked her way into a bit of a job with a criminal lawyer. That a criminal lawyer could fall for this scam is sad. I wonder if any of his past cases need to be re-evaluated in light of this glaring failure in critical thinking skills.
Ms. Persaud told him “she came from a long line of witches and she was capable of doing Tarot card readings.” … “What she brought up in the reading was that the deceased sister’s spirit had returned to earth to guide him in business success and financial prosperity, and that the spirit of his sister had inhabited a female form close to him that he had recently met
This isn’t really that different than any case you’d get with a regular psychic; it’s all about the money. Detective Constable Jones writes off psychic readings as a ‘business arrangement’ and that what makes this case so different is that “the whole idea is to separate them from their money, really.” That’s the whole idea behind Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Psychic readings, Natural Health Fairs and so much more; it’s about parting you from your money.
The law, outlined under Section 365 of the Canadian Criminal Code, doesn’t make witchcraft illegal, but rather the deceitful practice of it: “Every one who fraudulently … pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration … is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.”
Going back to homeopathy; their potions could easily be defined as enchantment – it’s not science, so what else could it be? Let’s give the Naturopaths prescribing rights, but let’s start charging them with witchcraft when they offer anything other than science.