Forget slavery, we still haven't come to terms with the Witch Burnings in New England

I thought Halloween was an appropriate time to remember this.



We’re still living in the 1600s in many ways. A designer made a clearly satirical (but doctrinally correct from a conservative Christian standpoint) reference to Satan on some branded merchandise, namely the phrase “Satan Respects Pronouns.” The same designer also did some unrelated work for Target.

The connection was so egregious enraged mobs vandalized Target displays, physically threated Target retail staff, and organized boycotts.


Yep. While I doubt the new Speaker favors witch burning, I bet he’d enjoy a good “witch trial”.


I for one would not want to see this mistake of the past repeated.

And only a connection existed since none of the ‘hated’ items were ever sold at Target.

In our current environment, the violence happens simply by association, not by direct acts.


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The “Salem Witches” were not burned.

“In January 1692, a group of young girls in Salem Village, Massachusetts became consumed by disturbing “fits” accompanied by seizures, violent contortions and bloodcurdling screams. A doctor diagnosed the children as being victims of black magic, and over the next several months, allegations of witchcraft spread like a virus through the small Puritan settlement. Twenty people were eventually executed as witches, but contrary to popular belief, none of the condemned was burned at the stake.”
Were Witches Really Burned at the Stake During the Salem Witch Trials? | HISTORY

The Salem witch trials began over 60 years after the first enslaved Africans were sold in Jamestown, VA.

The article goes on to say they were executed by hanging instead. Except for one old man who was pressed under heavy stones.

I feel so much better about the trials, now. [\sarcasm]

Apparently burning witches was a European thing, not a New England colonial thing.



I just corrected a statement. I offered no opinion.

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Apparently so…