“I made an Autumn Equinox altar for our Little Witch, and management made me take it down.” My friend’s voice shook on the other side of the line. “I refused and,” she began to sob. “They fired me, Magaly; the pious fucks fired me.”
We talked for about forty minutes, but the rest of the conversation is not as important as what led to my friend’s current jobless status.
She is (or was until yesterday) a counselor at a faith based organization. Not all or her clients follow the religion of the place that takes their money in exchange for care. The Little Witch my friend was referring to is a preteen with a rare blood disorder. When she arrived at the organization, about six months ago, she asked my friend if she could remove the crucifix glued to the wall in front of her bed.
My friend forwarded the request to management, and received a note saying the object “comes with the room.” My friend forwarded the information to the family, and they made a second request. They told the Little Witch’s mom that it was “okay to cover the area if the image of Christ made the patient feel uncomfortable.” The family pressed on, “Remove it or we’ll take our child elsewhere.”
The crucifix was removed a few hours later.
Little Witch is having a procedure done on September 22nd. My friend made her an early Autumn Equinox present, and placed it on a little shelf that sits right under the spot where the crucifix used to be. She included corn, fallen leaves, wax apples and grapes, and a witchy dolly holding a sign that says:
“Medicine is magic of a different kind.
Trust your doctors’ intent;
keep God and Goddess in your mind.
May your bounty come in the shape of white blood cells!”
My friend got fired after, supposedly, a large number of patients, who somehow got access to Little Witch’s private room, complained about the presence of black magic in the building.
Anyone with half a brain and at least a pinch of decency can see that what happened here is nothing but rotten bullshit. Most of us know that this shouldn’t have a toe to stand on in court. Some will agree that the case will probably not even make it to court. And those of us who have been unfortunate enough to have experienced or witnessed this kind of unholy crap understand that my friend will very likely get her job back; however, the damaged done by this incident can’t be erased.
So the question is, my Wicked Darlings, how should the law deal with this kind of hate based organizations and the assholes who run them?
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