Two elected officials in Australia are facing possible legal sanctions thanks to a witch who complained to the government after the men warned voters of the woman’s religious proclivities.
Witch Olivia Watts has filed a complaint against Mayor Brian Oates and his fellow councilor and Christian Rob Wilson, both elected in the city of Casey, Victoria, Australia. Watts is using as a tool new racial and religious vilification laws, according to a column in the Melbourne Herald Sun.
The witch, described as a “trans-gender naturopath,” reportedly was offended when Wilson, a Christian college professor, told the voters of Casey to beware of Watts, who had run for city council, and announced she was a witch.
Wilson, the paper reports, urged the Casey Pastors Network of about 50 churches to hold a day of prayer to fight the “forces of evil” and ward off witchcraft.
Oates joined in the fray by suggesting there was a coven in Casey that could be linked to a nearby satanic cult.
Watts then solicited the help of the Pagan Awareness Network, which is led by another witch, bank customer service officer David Garland, who was once the Australian representative for the Witches League for Public Awareness.
According to the Herald Sun, Garland wrote to Attorney General Rob Hulls, claiming the elected officials had “vilified” witches with their comments.
The attorney general encouraged Garland to file a complaint with the Equal Opportunity Commission under the new vilification laws, which he did.
“We govern for all Victorians – and that includes witches, magicians and sorcerers,” Hulls told Garland.
The paper reports the two officials now face mounting legal bills since the city of Casey will not cover their expenses.
A trial is scheduled for the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal early next year.