Fortean / Oddball News: Another Sylvanic Bigfoot, Devil Attack and Aussie Witches

Another Sylvanic Bigfoot Claim / Photo

Todd just returned from an 8 day expedition with incredible Bigfoot documentation. It was a bit of an adventure as he had a confrontation with a Grizzly bear that ended in rescue by RCMP and Search and Rescue after being missing for 3 days. The team and his family are thrilled he made it back safely and he is ecstatic with his new photo and video evidence!

Here is one of the photos where he caught Bigfoot watching him through the bushes~as you can see it was taken in full sunlight with fantastic detail.

More will follow shortly; Todd has just returned a couple of days ago and is recuperating with his family. We can't wait to see his new video! - Sylvanic Bigfoot Sightings

NOTE: Todd Standing has claimed he knows of a population of Bigfoot. The photo is suspect at best. Your call...Lon

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Theologian Claims Harry Potter May Be Jesus Christ

telegraph - The congregation of the Christ Community Church in Alamogordo in southern New Mexico even staged a book burning claiming 'behind that innocent face is the power of satanic darkness.'

But now the boy wizard has found an unlikely ally.

Theologian Rev Dr Stephen Holmes has claimed Harry Potter should be seen as a "Christ-like" figure because he promotes Biblical values.

The Acting head of divinity at St Andrews University, said some religious commentators had been hasty in their condemnation of the phenomenally successful series.

He read the books after hearing them denounced as "ungodly" and concluded that they contained a very obvious Christian narrative.

He said: "What do you need to succeed at Hogwarts? Courage, self-sacrifice, careful logic and to be unselfish. It's almost a classical list of Christian values.

"The behaviour that is recommended in the Potter books is profoundly Christian."

Dr Holmes said the Biblical inspiration became most apparent in the final book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, the film version of which is due to released next month.

He pointed to the denouement in which the wizard confronts his arch-enemy Lord Voldemort for the final time.

Dr Holmes said: "What happens gives the strong impression that Harry dies, discovers an afterlife in a place called King's Cross - a striking reference from a Christian perspective - and comes back to life.

"The effect of his death has been to render impotent the power of evil. That is a Christian narrative which is almost impossible not to recognise.

"JK Rowling is not saying to people 'you ought to be a witch'. She is trying to imagine a world in which wizardry and witchcraft are a reality and that is an important distinction."

The author, a regular churchgoer whose daughter Jessica was baptised into the Church of Scotland, has previously insisted that her books have no religious agenda.

She said in 2007: "I did not set out to convert anyone to Christianity. I wasn't trying to do what CS Lewis (author of the Chronicles of Narnia) did. It is perfectly possible to live a very moral life without a belief in God, and I think it's perfectly possible to live a life peppered with ill-doing and believe in God."

She has also stated that the books have been "lauded an taken into the pulpit" just as much as they have been attacked from a theological point of view.

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Aussie Witches Hope Spells Will End Taxing Time

theage - Witches across the nation are being urged to send ''positive energy'' to the Australian Tax Office in support of a Wiccan church's claim for tax breaks.

The plea for collective spell-casting was posted on the Witches Workshop online forum by Amethyst Treleven, who believes the magic may already be working.

Ms Treleven - whose ''street name'' is Ziggy Smith - says she has been in talks with the Tax Office since September last year in a bid to gain tax breaks for the Adelaide-based Community Church of Inclusive Wicca.
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On the forum, she writes: ''I thought you all might like to know of the hopeful breakthrough in terms of recognition of paganism with the Australia Taxation Office … It's one more strike for religious equality.''

Ms Treleven believes the Tax Office caseworker handling her application has been reading a copy of her book, Seeker's Guide to Learning Wicca, as part of the assessment process.

''They asked for a lot of material about the religion,'' she told The Sunday Age. ''I had to tell them the fundamental principles of the tradition … about the use of wands and the robes we wear.''

Ms Treleven says the decision early this month by Britain's Charity Commission to recognise Druid worship of natural spirits as a religion had helped the Wiccan cause. But while Ms Treleven has applied on behalf of the church for tax concessions on any income the incorporated body might receive, the church's income, as she explained in a later post, ''is squat''.

But the ATO actually does business with, and therefore recognises, the existence of individuals and organisations, not religions and their beliefs.

A spokeswoman said the ATO was unable to discuss or confirm Ms Trevelen's application. But she noted it was up to the courts and not the ATO to decide if a group was a religion.

As for the suggestion that an ATO worker may be under the influence of a magic spell, she said: ''Not anyone I've spoken to has said so … but in an organisation of 22,500 people, it's difficult to know.''

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Roadside 'Ghost'

wesh - A motorist called police after being spooked by an apparent ghost on Thursday along a Brevard County roadway.

A man covered in a sheet is stopped by police while walking along state Road 405 in Titusville.

Authorities with the Titusville Police Department said a man covered in a sheet was walking along state Road 405 at about 8:45 a.m. Three officers surrounded the man and asked about his appearance.

Investigators said the man explained that he didn't want to get sunburned and was allowed to continue his walk.

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11 Jump, Panicked by 'Devil' Sighting

upi - Eleven people jumped out of a second-floor window Saturday after apparently thinking they had seen the devil, French authorities said.

Police told Sky News the incident took place in the early hours in La Verriere, west of Paris.

Some of the injured were children, including a 4-month-old baby, who was in a serious condition in a Paris hospital.

"Thirteen people were in an apartment on the second floor when, at around 3 a.m., one of the occupants heard his child crying," Odile Faivre, deputy prosecutor in Versailles, told Sky News.

"The man in question, of African origin, who was completely naked, got up to feed his child, at which point the other occupants took him for the devil.

"He was seriously wounded in the hand after being stabbed with a knife before he was thrown out of the apartment, via the door."

He then tried to force his way back into the room.

"That's when the other occupants tried to escape by jumping out of the window, panicked by a fear of the devil," said Faivre.

Detectives are trying to find out if the group jumped voluntarily or were forced.


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