Virgin Mary-Shaped Tree Knot Now Sparks Fighting, Accusations of Devil Worship

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The faithful are still flocking to the knot in a New Jersey tree trunk that either clearly shows the outline of the Virgin of Guadalupe or a generic oval shape, and things have taken a violent turn. Some say those who've gathered around the tree are indulging in idol worship, and The New York Times reports that when a man approached the crowd yelling, “This is witchcraft; you are worshiping devils!”one believer charged at him and a 90-year-old woman hit him repeatedly with white long-stemmed roses. If this continues playing out like a Simpsons episode, it should end in a few days when the holy tree is unintentionally ripped down by an angry mob.