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(Date Posted:02/18/2009 21:22 PM)
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Wiccan Community Dispels Stereotypes
Posted: Jan 8, 2008 08:13 PM

The Sioux City community struggles to come to terms with the murders of
two young sisters. The suspect, the girls' stepfather Larry Harris told
police he was casting a spell that went bad.

He's in police custody on 2-million dollars bond. While police continue
their investigation, they're learning more about how Harris' religious
beliefs contributed to the killings. And as KMEG 14's Denise Hnytka
reports, that concerns one theological organization.

The story of Kendra and Alysha touches the heart of the Wiccan
community. They're saddened by the tragedy and the suspect's suggestion
that the girls were killed by witch craft. It's a practice that's often
negatively linked to the practice of Wicca.

"The witch is in" sign pokes fun at the stereotypes Dana Peterson knows

"Myths and stereotypes are the things I like to break," said Peterson
who practices Wicca. "It's a natural reaction that if you don't know it,
you're afraid."

He explains the difference between Wiccan practice and the suspect's
account of the murders.

"It's a form of ceremonial magic," said Peterson. "We collect in a
circle and use our energy for the best common good. People pray for
peace. We cast spells for peace."

Wiccan spells relect their golden rule.

"An' harm it none, do as thou wilt."

They also believe in the "three-fold law".

Whatever you cast comes back to you 3-fold," said Peterson. "So if we
were to cast a spell on death and destruction, think of the consequenes
when it comes back 3-fold upon you. Obviously he's getting it. If that's
what happened."

Peterson said his heart goes out to the family of Kendra and Alysha. He
hopes they find strength in the support of the community.

Peterson is helping organize a contribution from the Wiccan community to
the girls' memorial fund.
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