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Maher’s 3rd Clip Features O’Donnell’s Spiritual Dabblings Beyond Witchcraft

For the third week in a row, HBO Real Time host Bill Maher released a previously-unaired clip of Delaware GOP Senate candidate Christine O’Donnell from one of her 22 appearances on Politically Incorrect, a show that Maher also once hosted.

Recall, two weeks ago, Maher introduced a clip of O’Donnell saying that she “dabbled into witchcraft” and “had a midnight picnic on a satanic altar.” He also pledged to show a fresh clip of O’Donnell every week on his show until she agrees to appear again on his show. Last week, Maher revealed a clip of O’Donnell calling evolution “a myth” and asking “why aren’t monkeys still evolving into humans?

Tonight, Maher aired a July 19, 1999 clip that referenced O’Donnell’s dabbling into witchcraft, but offered more insight into O’Donnell’s other dabblings:

O’DONNELL: I was dabbling into every other kind of religion before I became a Christian.

MAHER: You were a witch.

O’DONNELL: I was. I was.

MAHER: You were.

O’DONNELL: I was dabbling in witchcraft. I’ve dabbled in Buddhism. I would have become a Hare Krishna but I didn’t want to become a vegetarian. And that is honestly the reason why — because I’m Italian, I love meatballs.

MAHER: Boy, are you spiritual.

Watch it:

Interestingly, the first clip that Maher showed two weeks ago of O’Donnell dabbling into witchcraft was originally taped on Politically Incorrect in October 1999. Yet the clip that aired tonight — which includes a reference to witchcraft — was originally taped in July 1999 — before her famous witchcraft comments. Presumably, Maher must have heard O’Donnell discuss witchcraft before, publicly or privately. Perhaps there are more discussions of O’Donnell’s witchcraft practices that have yet to be revealed.

For more on O’Donnell’s record, check out our ThinkProgress report: The Old Adventures of New Christine.

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