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Tea Party's O'Donnell cancels Sunday slots after 'witchcraft' relevation

The latest Palin protegée admits to dabbling in witchcraft – and then withdraws from a string of talkshow bookings.

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CHRISTINE O’DONNELL – the rising star of the Tea Party movement who won a surprise victory in the Republican primary for a Delaware senate seat last week – was forced to withdraw from appearances on a string of high-profile national talk-shows after a video emerged showing an admission that she had “dabbled” in witchcraft.

The video, showing O’Connell on the panel of Comedy Central’s ‘Politically Incorrect‘ show in 1999, features a permed O’Donnell admitting:

I dabbed into witchcraft, but I never joined a coven. I did, I did. [...] I hung around with people who were doing these things. I’m not making this stuff up!

She continues:

One of my first dates with a witch was on a satanic altar and I didn’t know it. We went to a movie and had a little midnight picnic at a Satanic altar.

The video surfaced when the show’s host, Bill Maher, aired the footage on his new HBO show.

The admission may deal a massive blow to O’Donnell’s popularity within the ultra-conservative Tea Party movement, which shares many of its societal values with traditional Christianity. O’Donnell had already drawn fire for saying masturbation was a sin because it was an expression of “lust of the heart“.

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So damaging was the revelation that O’Donnell’s first withdrawal was from an appearance on Fox News, a network more sympathetic to the Tea Party’s ideology.

Maher says that he has further archives of such material and will continue to air segments of it until O’Donnell agrees to appear as a guest on his new show.

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