I also made comments about how in talking about a "Satanic altar" she clearly hadn't a clue, because any self-respecting Witch or Satanist will tell you that Witches don't have Satanic altars, because Witchcraft and Satanism are not the same thing.
Conclusion, somebody was trying to impress her, thrill her, be a jerk, get her to sleep with him, etc, and took her on this midnight picnic.
I put it out of my mind, went to visit family out of state, and focused on my Tradition's Fall Equinox celebration.
While I wasn't paying attention, the media got all over it, and that hasn't been all good for Real-Life Pagans. On the other hand, times have changed enough that representatives of several Pagan organizations have been contacted, and have been quoted in the news.
Jason Pitzl-Waters over at the Wild Hunt has some good analysis of the news coverage; check it out here:
"Pagan Reactions to O’Donnell’s “Dabble-Gate”" at the Wild Hunt
On the whole, I wish the mainstream coverage had been a bit more nuanced. I think there are larger issues to confront than “Witches don’t worship Satan” involved here, and I’m disappointed that we may have lost our chance to raise them before the media machine moves on to the next controversy. Still, I suppose it’s a mark of how far we’ve come that representatives from several organizations and traditions were contacted by the mainstream media for our thoughts.
But wait, there's more! Now even Democrats seem to agree that being Pagan means not being electable. Gah!
"The O'Donnell "Dabble-Gate" Feeding Frenzy" at the Wild Hunt
While we stick to the “it’s not Satanism” talking points of old, a larger narrative, and one harder to easily refute is taking shape before our eyes. That any taint of Paganism, of Witchcraft, of the occult, is political suicide.