By Elizabeth Tenety
Something is brewing in the state of Delaware.
In what might be a first for American politics, Delaware Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell (R) offers an anti-witchcraft message in her new campaign ad:
“I’m not a witch.”
That’s the opening line O’Donnell delivers directly into the camera, alluding to her decade-old televised confession that she had “dabbled into witchcraft” as a teenager.
After she clears up that rumor about her spiritual practice, O’Donnell goes on:
“I’m nothing you’ve heard. I’m you. None of us are perfect, but none of us can be happy with what we see all around us: politicians who think spending, trading favors and back room deals are the ways to stay in office. I’ll go to Washington and do what you’d do. I’m Christine O’Donnell and I approve this message. I’m you.”
O’Donnell’s distancing herself from comments made about witches and witchcraft has agitated at least one constituency: Wiccans. Reverend Selena Fox, the high priestess and senior minister of the Circle Sanctuary, told the Huffington Post’s Sam Stein that O’Donnell’s recent comments “defame Wiccans.”
“America really needs to be a place where you can celebrate diversity and practice your religion without getting ridiculed or defamed,” Fox said.
And On Faith panelist Starhawk emphasized that, “Witchcraft deserves the same respect accorded to any other spiritual tradition.”
Was O’Donnell politically savvy to address the ‘witchcraft’ controversy head-on? Was she sensitive enough to Wiccans and America’s religious diversity? What did you think of the new ad?