By W.H. Gavescon, Friday, June 21, 2013
WASHINGTON‚ÄĒ‚ÄúThou shalt not suffer a witch to live!‚ÄĚ proclaimed Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert (R) at a rally sponsored by the Republican Study Committee (RSC), Thursday. Unusually forceful in his language, Rep. Gohmert was wrapping up a speech advocating a bill that called for stricter regulation of witches‚Äô covens and other occult related organizations in several states along the Mississippi River Basin. Supported by 17 members of the House Tea Party Caucus (as well as 3 House Democrats), the bill is set to go to committee next week but is already receiving harsh criticism over First Amendment and other concerns. One of its authors, Rep. Gohmert maintains that, building on provisions of the NDAA, the bill enhances the ability of the NSA and the FBI to monitor witches and would put into place ‚Äúreasonable and common sense‚ÄĚ provisions for cracking down on some of the Mississippi Delta‚Äôs more notorious covens. (Gohmert likens these provisions to anti-gang legislation. He also claims they have precedence in the anti-sorcery statutes of Arkansas and Alabama.)
Said Gohmert, concluding his speech, ‚ÄúFolks, our forebears burned witches. If you believe Exodus, we ought to do the same. All we are advocating for is a superior tool for law enforcement. All we want to do is fight terror‚ÄĒat home, just as we do abroad.‚ÄĚ
For recent comments having to do with ‚Äėburning‚Äô and ‚Äėfire‚Äô, Rep. Gohmert has come under fire himself, according to some on the RSC. One source explained to me that, last Tuesday, on Capitol Hill, at an informal gathering of the bill‚Äôs narrow circle of supporters‚ÄĒknown by its detractors as ‚Äėthe Pendle Hill Club‚Äô or simply ‚Äėthe Pendlers‚Äô‚ÄĒGohmert was accosted by three other members of Congress, including Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), who proceeded to rebuke the bill, calling it ‚Äúidiotic‚ÄĚ and Gohmert a ‚Äúcretinous hayseed‚ÄĚ. Capitol police were called to intervene when, at some point, a Pendler seated behind Rep. Wasserman-Schultz managed to briefly set her skirt on fire with a cigarette lighter. No arrests were made‚ÄĒand, according to this source, the ignition of the skirt had been meant as a joke‚ÄĒbut the whole affair has cast a pall over Mr. Gohmert‚Äôs anti-witchcraft campaign.
About last Tuesday‚Äôs incident, the offices of both Rep. Gohmert and Rep. Wasserman-Schultz have declined to comment.
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**It is quite possible that this article is a joke or just plain not true. I cannot find sources to back it up. I posted it quickly and then started to hunt down other sources...the internet equivalent of speaking without thinking, which I tend to do on occasion anyway. If anyone can find something to confirm or refute, that would be awesome.
**From Lady Liberty League this morning: NOT TRUE: The report at this link is not real - thanks to LLL activists who looked into this. We learned from the writer that it was intended as political satire. That writer now knows that many Pagans, others have been upset, concerned