Friday, September 17, 2010

Canadian Man Arrested on Charges of Witchcraft

A man in Brampton, Ontario, was arrested on Wednesday for practicing witchcraft and allegedly defrauding people who paid him to solve their problems. The National Post has a short report of the arrest.

I've always found fascinating the existence of prohibitions on witchcraft and fortune-telling in the Criminal Code, as they create some interesting issues around religious freedom, the nature of faith, and fraud. An excellent survey of Canadian caselaw on the subject can be found in Bob Tarantino's Under Arrest: Canadian Laws You Won't Believe and after I finish my dissertation on blasphemy I'd like to address the issue.

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