Witch Community Upset With Sheen's Depiction of a Warlock

Published March 06, 2011

| FoxNews.com

Charlie Sheen managed to upset a group he probably never thought of -- witches -- after one of his notorious tirades last week.

In a week in which the embattled actor described himself as having "tiger blood" and other apparently super-human attributes normally reserved in the pages of comic books, the star described himself as a "Vatican assassin warlock" during a radio interview. 

The description evidently did not sit well with the witch community in Salem, Mass.

Christian Day, a practicing warlock -- or male witch -- and member of Salem's Coven of the Raven Moon, said he was "angered" over the statement because it's a "blatant offense against our ways and teachings."

Day held a ritual Sunday with other members of the witch community to send positive spirits in Sheen's direction.

Day said Sheen was "reckless" by singling out the group and should apologize.

"If he made that comment against the Christians or Jewish people, there would be outrage," he told FoxNews.com. "But here we are, a legally-recognized religion and we get slammed by an obviously disturbed actor."

Most offensive of all, said Day, was Sheen's mischaracterization of warlocks. Day said Sheen set the impression that a warlock is some kind of raging, warlike individual "out for blood."

"Warlocks are peaceful and enlightened," he said. "They have the ability to communicate with the dead and learn from it. They have nothing to do with aggressiveness and anger."

The witch community in Salem, Mass. has about 5,000 members, said Day. 

Witchcraft is often tangled up with Halloween and generally mocked by the public.

One of the main obstacles in practicing the religion is debunking myths that may be more in line with a Halloween movie than a legally-represented religion that has gravestones in Arlington Cemetery, Day said.

Day said he considers Sheen's rant a "teachable" moment for the country about his religion, which he said is about believing in magic.

"We want Charlie Sheen to get better," he said. "But he shouldn't get a free pass to insult a religion he obviously knows nothing about."

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