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Witchcraft Bill Fails in Romania

By March 1, 2011

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Well, this is a bit puzzling, because every report I had seen up until now indicated that this was a done deal. However, a report came out today via Breitbart that Romanian lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have forced people practicing witchcraft to be licensed and pay taxes. Previous stories indicated that the law had already been approved, which meant that professional witches and astrologers would have to pay a 16 percent income tax, and make contributions to health and pension programs, just like other self-employed Romanians.

As was expected, Romania's witches were not happy about this whole thing. It appears that being a professional witch really isn't that lucrative in Romania, with the average fee being the equivalent of about $7 - 10 per consultation.

Liberal-Democrat MP Alin Popoviciu told reporters, "The bill angered many witches who threatened to cast a spell in order to make it fail. It seems they have succeeded." However, legislators who voted against the bill seemed less worried about hexing and more concerned that such a law might legitimize witchcraft.

Popoviciu isn't giving up, though. He said he'll "try to find another way to get it passed by parliament."

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March 1, 2011 at 6:24 pm
(1) Angela Gamblin says:

Hexed if they do, hexed if they don’t I guess, lol. But hey looks like the collective spell worked.

March 2, 2011 at 8:49 am
(2) Rosalynde Coeur de Lion says:

Thank the Gods that that happened. That Alin Popoviciu is like something out of the Dark Ages. There is a new year. It’s called 2011. It’s about time people practice tolerance!!

March 2, 2011 at 10:36 am
(3) Patricia says:

I’m sorry, but I don’t see how requiring witches to abide by the same rules as other self-employed people is intolerant. Just because something is inconvenient, doesn’t make it bad. Taxes are for the general up-keep of society in the form of infrastructure and social care. Are they using their country’s infrastructure — roads, education system, any utilities supplied or subsidized by the government? Are they taking advantage of the health-care system in their country? Do they plan on receiving a pension from the government when they are too old to work? If they are, then they should be paying into them. If they’ve been skating along reaping the benefits of the public programs and infrastructure without doing their part to support them, then they deserve to be brought to heel. People are much too quick to hoist the “Intolerance” flag. All they’re being asked to do, is what they should have been doing all along.

March 2, 2011 at 6:07 pm
(4) William says:

So if you practice without a license or fail to pay taxes do they burn you at the stake?
And if you do obtain a license and pay taxes does that make witchcraft being accepted as a legitimate occupation…. soon to be offered as a career choice in colleges around the world.
Interesting to say the least. I also wonder what Government assisted programs will be offered to witches wanting to start their own business, since their tax dollars may be going into the public coffers.

March 10, 2011 at 4:06 pm
(5) Aurora MoonWolf says:

I honestly think the witches should have to pay taxes just like everyone else. I don’t think this is a case of intolerance. If they want to charge for their services and make a business out of it, what makes them think they can be exempt from paying the same taxes as other businesses? Oh, and the threatening to curse the government for allowing this law to happen is giving witches a bad name. Boo hoo, I have to pay taxes like everyone else! I hope the law gets looked at again and passes this time!

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