Actually this is pretty mild for the area it comes from
Back in the late 1980's in the US things were really rough for you if you were any kind of Pagan. The final straw for most Witches was when the film "The Witches of Eastwick" was released (I prefer to think it escaped) in 1987, which lead to the formation of The Witches Anti-Defamation League which later became The Witches League for Public Awareness
, followed by several other organisations with the same ethos
In the UK We've had our own "Satanic Panic"
as part of the whole Ritual abuse confabulation
. However, thanks to Wicca and Paganism in general being covered by legal precedent and international law. Plus plenty of documentation and programs on UK TV and Radio showing what followers of various branches of Paganism do, this sort of attitude is rarely found outside fundamentalist forms of religion.
In light of the above links you can see why the Patch article is slanted as an opinion piece. Everybody has the right to an opinion under freedom of expression, and everyone else has the right to disagree with it.