This article ran in today's SunJournal. Basically, our public library has to keep Wicca/Occult books behind the counter because of the amount of people stealing them.
Weird, Wicked Weird: The occult. Witchcraft. Demonlogy. Library books that grow legs.
A message to the people stealing these books... you're not doing yourself any good.
As someone who has studied Wicca/Witchcraft for over ten years I am here to tell you that you are not going to cast any successful spells from a stolen spellbook. Contrary to pop culture spells have very little to do with the herbs, the candles, and the creepy black cauldron. They have everything to do with the energy you are putting out into the world. By stealing these books you are putting only negative energy into the world. You are telling the universe, "I can't afford this book" and the universe is going to believe you. And you will never be able to afford that book.
A true Wicca is many things. Peaceful, calm, full of love. They are NOT thieves. As long as you continue to steal things for "magickal practice" you are only perpetuating your own negative energy. You will never be a true Wicca, or even begin to understand the beauty that is Witchcraft, until you stop habits such as these.
If it is indeed people who are copying the idea of the woman who stole the sex education book... Read one of those books with the same open mind that I recently enlisted when I read, "Our Jehovah". I don't need to be Christian to see the beauty that COULD come from Christianity. Admit for a moment that throughout the planet there are people who think their way is the only way... and maybe in the grand scheme of things your opinion, as one out of billions, could be misconstrued. Because, well, the world doesn't revolve around you. In revolves around my god, The Sun.
P.S. You can BORROW that book for free! They'll let you! It's what they do!