It is with a sad heart, but with good intentions that we write you. We have followed the case of Darla Wynne and the city of Great Falls, South Carolina. We are hoping to reach out and make you aware of the legal rights that Darla Wynne has and how your town is disregarding her rights.
The First Amendment of the United States Constitution provides: “Congress shall pass no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…” Free exercise of religion is protected in the United States provided that the belief is sincerely held and is a religious belief of any kind. The United States is a multi-faith society; freedom of religion is constitutionally guaranteed. No religion has official support or preference from any governmental entity or any of its agents. Discrimination on the basis of religious preference is illegal.
Witchcraft or Wicca is recognized in the United States as a legitimate religion. In 1985, Dettmer v Landon (617 F Supp 592) the District Court of Virginia pursuant to rule 52 (a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure ruled that Witchcraft is a legitimate religion and falls within a recognizable religious category. In 1986 in the Federal Appeals court fourth circuit. Butzner, J. affirmed the decision (799 F 2d 929). Since in most cases Federal law, even case law supersedes state law in this type of matter, the affirmation by judge Butzner clearly sets Witchcraft as a religion under the protection of constitutional rights.
Regardless if you wish to accept Ms. Wynne as a resident of Great Falls, South Carolina, she has a constitutional right to worship as she chooses and additionally, she has a constitutional right to be protected against religious discrimination.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: “No state shall…deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” Therefore, the Fourteenth Amendment protects Ms. Wynne against discrimination by state and local governments on the basis of religious beliefs.
At this time, the town of Great Falls, SC is guilty of violating both the First and Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution.We are prepared to contact the FBI, as well as every single national talk show to expose the city of Great Falls, SC, unless your town apologizes to Ms. Wynne and begins investigating all of her “open” cases. The way Ms. Wynne is being treated by the town is not only unconstitutional, but also unethical.
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