Canada Criminalizes Harry Potter

It is apparently illegal to pretend to be a sorcerer in Canada:

On Tuesday, Toronto Police announced that Gustavo Valencia Gomez, 40, of Mississauga, had been charged under Section 365 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits pretending to “exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration.”

If found guilty, Gomez is to be burned at the stake.

Posted by: DMartyr at 01:56 PM


1 They could have charged him with extortion, but a witchcraft charge is a lot more cool. Or they could have accused him with knowingly operating a newspaper which sounds like a crime to me. Being an assmonkey is not a crime, but it's the most accurate charge i can think of.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at November 30, 2012 02:03 PM

2 So does that mean that they'll arrest David Copperfield the next time he's in town?

Posted by: vyx at November 30, 2012 02:31 PM

3 For Chrissake. Idiot Cannucks.

Posted by: Mark at November 30, 2012 02:51 PM

4 I thought the Taleban were based in Afghanistan.
Under that rule large chunksof modern medicine and almost all of the "alternative" kind should be banned. As should the entire "therapy" industry. But then, PC pricks dont think through their beloved banning of things do they?

Posted by: Axel at November 30, 2012 03:43 PM

5 Greetings:

Didn't Bruce Springsteen sing something about the cops busting Madame MAria for telling fortunes better than they do ???

Posted by: 11B40 at November 30, 2012 04:49 PM

6 This is a fraud case. It's not "witchcraft is banned" or "sorcery is banned" this is a case of a "person pretending to and/or exercising or defauding a person for personal gain"
365 per the Criminal Code:
365.Every one who fraudulently(a)pretends to exercise or to use any kind of witchcraft, sorcery, enchantment or conjuration,(b)undertakes, for a consideration, to tell fortunes, or(c)pretends
from his skill in or knowledge of an occult or crafty science to
discover where or in what manner anything that is supposed to have been
stolen or lost may be found,is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction.Summery Conviction = 2 years in federal prison, or time provincial prison or community service, or anything in between.

Posted by: Eli at November 30, 2012 05:03 PM

7 But Eli, you are missing the OBVIOUS point which I think is the moral of the item. Its not that we think the Canadians believe in sorcery, its the fact that the very law you quote demonstrates the intrusion of the state into personal affairs between consenting adults that actually form a substantive cultural tradition.
Now show me reports that the Canadians are rounding up Muslims for prostrating themselves in ritualsof an occult nature and I will concede even handedness. Show me reports that they are raiding pharmaceutical companies that sell "medcations" that have no demonstrable benefits and I will consider acknowledge their consistency. Tell me they are confiscating anddestroying homeopathy ju-ju and I will continue to be positively surprised.
But you will never see such consistent application of laws born out of idiotic meddling in peoples privatelves. Those laws areonly applied by those whose bigotry isin fashion to those whose culture is derided.
There are a zillion "respectable" practices that law would criminalise if it were even-handedly applied. For example Psychoanalysis, for starters.

Posted by: Axel at November 30, 2012 08:17 PM

8 If he had demonstrated to technologically ignorant people that their computer was infested with malware and was going to charge them $14K to clean up their company's system it could have been just as fake and twice as mysterious. And there's no way the DA or Judge could know if he was a quack or not. It would be the exact same fraud but pretending to be a Systems Security Analyst is not a crime.

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at November 30, 2012 09:46 PM

9 Axel @ 7, you da man.

Posted by: EROWMER at December 01, 2012 04:40 PM

10 SSGB hits it again.

So if he is NOT pretending, can anyone prove he did Not get rid of the whatever. Or prove it was there in the first place? He sold a "service".

Posted by: Kafiroon at December 01, 2012 06:39 PM

11 Oh, look, dickless posts again.

By the way, Poofter, yer ex says you are a bum lay.

Posted by: Mark at December 02, 2012 12:10 PM

12 @7
Easy enough. Try the hamilton spectator last week of november, check the health canada website. And in turn, check either the national post or toronto sun. You are now surprised.

Welcome to the world where you only get part of the news, fancy stuff that.

Posted by: Eli at December 02, 2012 03:35 PM

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