A few years ago a group of Romanian witches warned former Chelsea player, Adrian Mutu, that his career might suffer because of curses put on him by a former girlfriend.
"No problem", replied Mutu, revealing an unusual Romanian superstition. "Curses can't touch me because I wear my underwear inside out".
Many western people find this story perplexing and bizarre. Secular people do not just ignore God but they also ignore the spirits, the gods and the superstitious behaviour that paganism brings.
Secular man does not fear God or the gods. He/she revels in autonomy and often trusts in science and technology to bring the good life. A 'rational' as opposed to an 'irrational' kind of faith.
Today's Daily Telegraph is running an article about Romanian witches who are refusing to pay their taxes!
For more on this see The Independent article.
Queen witch Bratara Buzea, 63, who was imprisoned in 1977 for witchcraft under Ceausescu's regime, is furious about the new law which will force her to pay income tax. Sitting cross-legged in her villa in the lake resort of Mogosoaia, just north of Bucharest, she said she planned to cast a spell on the Taxman using a particularly effective concoction of cat excrement and dead dog, accompanied by a chorus of witches.
How will Romanian politicians and civil servants respond to this magical cursing a la Balak and Balaam (Numbers 20)?
Romanian president Traian Basescu and his aides are known to wear purple on certain days, supposedly to ward off evil. As committed pagans they are 'ready' for the magical attack.
And this raises a vital question – Will increasing numbers of western people turn their backs on the gods of science, technology and economic growth and imitate these Romanian folk? Will paganism replace secularism?