Here's something that I would not expect to see in the US anytime soon.
(The headline is also a link - it will bring you to the rest of the story.)
Monday, October 31, 2005 Posted: 2240 GMT (0640 HKT)
Netherlands (AP) -- Cobwebs cling from the wooden rafters. Dusty
shelves are cluttered with glass jars of home-brewed potions, dried
herbs and stone amulets. An oil cooker and a black cauldron sit in the
corner, ready for the next full moon.
This isn't a Halloween party, it's Margarita Rongen's year-round workshop and she is a witch -- according to her tax return.
witches were guaranteed a financial treat when the Leeuwarden District
Court reaffirmed their legal right to write off the costs of schooling
-- including in witchcraft -- against their tax bills. Those costs run
to thousands of dollars.
The court found on September 23 that a
witch can declare schooling costs if it increases the likelihood of
employment and personal income.
Rongen, a mother of two grown
children, runs a school for witches, the "Witches Homestead," in the
northern Friesland province of the Netherlands. She has trained more
than 160 disciples over the past four decades in "a religion that is
older than Christianity," she said.