Ultima actualizare 11/06/2011
“Blame the cards not us” say Romanian Witches following a controversial law passed by authorities.
To be a witch in Romania nowadays is not an easy thing. Witches in Romania will face fines and even prosecution if their predictions prove to be false! As it easier to blame the tools, Romanian witches say the authorities should blame the cards not them.
A MONTH after Romanian authorities began taxing witches on their business, the country’s soothsayers and fortune tellers are cursing a new bill that threatens fines or even prison if their predictions don’t come true.
In January, the government changed the law to officially recognise the centuries-old practice of witchcraft as a taxable profession, prompting angry witches to dump poisonous mandrake into the Danube in an attempt to put a hex on them.
The latest bill was passed in the Senate last week, but must still be approved by a financial and labour committee and by the Chamber of Deputies, the other house of Romania’s parliament.
Witches argue they shouldn’t be blamed for the failure of their tools. “They can’t condemn witches, they should condemn the cards,” Queen Witch Bratara Buzea said.
Ms Buzea called the proposed bill overblown. “I will fight until my last breath for this not to be passed,” she said.
Sometimes, she argued, people don’t provide their real identities, dates of birth or other personal details, which could derail a seer’s predictions. “What about when the client gives false details about themselves? We can’t be blamed for that.”
Critics say the proposal is a ruse to deflect public attention from the country’s many problems.
European Union and Romanian officials say local authorities are hampered by political bickering and bureaucracy.
The government is unpopular, the opposition is weak, the press thrives on conspiracy and personal attacks, and EU officials say the justice system needs to be reformed. Romanians are jaded and mistrustful…read the whole article on The Scotsman.