I am not a witch.
I just wanted to get that out of the way right up front, lest I be accused of lacking objectivity when I talk about Carole A. Smith, who is indeed a witch and has suffered quite grievously as a result. The entire story of Carole Smith’s firing as a TSA security screener is too long and complex to summarize here, so I urge you to read the article and form your own opinion.
I suppose reasonable people can reasonably disagree whether Carole Smith’s employment problems and subsequent firing related to on-the-job persecution because of her Wiccan religion, a personality conflict with a training supervisor, her own clumsy handling of ensuing difficulties on the job, or a combination of all three. But it does seem obvious that her complaint of discrimination based on religion has at least some merit. After all, she was called in to speak with management about a fellow worker’s claim that Smith had “put a hex on her car”something that should never even have been discussed in such a setting.
And Smith was justifiably indignant upon being asked by management to “sit down and explain her religion” to the aggrieved fellow worker. “I’m like, ‘No.’ I refused to do that. It’s not up to me to teach her my religion. I mean, would I have to go down and sit with her if I was Jewish?”
That’s a very sensible question.
When I read stories like this I tend to feel more than a bit of despair. It’s as if we’ve learned nothing since the Middle Ages when anybody with a grudge could ruin any woman’s life by accusing her of practising witchcraft. Here we are in the days of space travel, burgeoning scientific knowledge and global connectedness, and Carole Smith is called into a supervisor’s office to answer a question about whether she “put a hex” on a co-worker’s car.
But what makes me despair even more is this: the story of Carole Smith should never have happened in America. Nor should the presidential primary candidacy of Herman Cain, former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, who has mounted a serious campaign for the Republican nomination and is doing impressively well in early straw polls.
At the “Conservative Principles Conference” recently held in Des Moines, Iowa, Cain told an online journalist that if elected to the presidency he would not hire a Muslim in his administration, and went on to explain why. His declaration was met with warm approval from the “values voters” at the conference who are strongly supporting the Georgia businessman’s bid for the nomination.
KEYES: “You came under a bit of controversy this week for some of the comments made about Muslims in general. Would you be comfortable appointing a Muslim, either in your cabinet or as a federal judge?”
CAIN: “No, I would not. And here’s why. There is this creeping attempt, there is this attempt to gradually ease Sharia law and the Muslim faith into our government. It does not belong in our government. This is what happened in Europe. And little by little, to try and be politically correct, they made this little change, they made this little change. And now they’ve got a social problem that they don’t know what to do with hardly.”
One could well assume a serious presidential candidate should probably be aware of Article 6 of the Constitution which says: “no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
But even apart from that, these stories about Carole Smith and Herman Cain are the antithesis of everything America was supposed to be about. America was explored, settled and colonized by people seeking religious freedom and lack of oppression for themselves and everyone else who came to their shores. Later, the Founding Fathers did their best to ensure that America’s politics would forever remain secular. Yet now it appears there are people who want to import the religious wars of the Middle East, politicize them and transplant them to Middle America. I strongly suspect this is all happening because a certain political party decided, some decades ago, to exploit the deep strain of religious fervency and extremism that resides within the heart of man, and mine it for political gain.
Since I’m pretty sure which party it was that made such cynical and dangerous decision, I am now considering hiring a witch to cast a hex on them and make all their Blackberries turn into Beanie Babies.
Perhaps I could contact Carole Smith to do this for me. I understand she’s unemployed at the moment.
- OMG! Herman Cain vows if he becomes President he won’t appoint any Muslims to his administration (barenakedislam.wordpress.com)
- Stink Progress Interviews Herman Cain – And Cain Is SPOT ON (iowntheworld.com)
- GOP Longshot Herman Cain: I Would Discriminate Against Muslims (outsidethebeltway.com)
- Herman Cain: Muslims Have Objective To ‘Kill’ Or ‘Convert’ All Infidels (huffingtonpost.com)
- Herman Cain assailed as ‘bigoted’ over Muslim remarks (gunnyg.wordpress.com)