I've been reading about this on several message boards and am a bit puzzled. Yes, there are people who purport to be witches and can't really back up the claim, but what, I wonder, is the truest definition of what it means to be a witch and what it doesn't mean? I was a bit surprised to see how much animosity there is and how many people say "No, my definition is the right one and all you other people who have your own definition are wrong".
Other religious groups have divisions like this and it leads to squabbles, name-calling, and all manner of other unpleasantness. The above argument reads an awful lot like the same kind of nonsense; it also reminds me a bit of the division between U and non-U, which can get pretty hairy, too. The ones who are legitimately U know they are, and their associates of the same background know they are, and that's all that matters. The ones who aren't and aspire to be--i.e. nouveau riche and moneyed bourgeoisie--do as much as they can to prove they're really U, and the true-blue U's who know look down on them for being crass and vulgar and being pretentious.
I hate labels and pigeonholes, and I dislike the idea that people look at me and make silly assumptions; I have a feeling everyone else secretly feels that way, too. I prefer to be an individual, just like everyone else, and if that puts me in a fluffy little pigeonhole, that's just too darned bad.
Gasp! A turtle-less post.. what is the world coming to?