FACT OR FANTASY: WITCH TRIALS
“We will never forget the burning times!” many witches proclaim. Well that’s good, because you don’t have to forget when a witch was hunted down and killed because it still happens! and I don’t mean in fantasy books. Witch trials happen every day. Maybe not here, maybe not in your backyard, but witch hunting is still very real. So, a little back story: I love Google Alert. That’s how I get a lot of interesting articles. Okay, end of story. So yea, one of my alerts is witchcraft, and daily I am inundated with headlines of people that are being killed off because they are sorcerers, or thought to be a witch.
What? Didn’t we stop all that nonsense ages ago? Aren’t most people rational enough to either not believe in magic, or to know that it isn’t as prominent as once thought, since we can explain away so many “evidence of a witch” with modern medicine? We now know that people can grow another nipple almost anywhere on their body. That doesn’t mean they are using it to suckle a demon spawned from hell that the devil sent up to them as a messenger. We also know that the “snake in the belly” that was often used in Africa to denote a witch is really just their intestine. Warts on a nose doesn’t mean a thing. Brooms don’t do anything strange unless there’s some magnetic polarization that makes them stand. And flying ointment is really just a psychedelic drug . . . not made with the fat of an unbaptized baby (I think).
So why are we still seeing witch hunts? Likely because there are still places on Earth that aren’t as scientifically advanced as we are. Maybe their faith flows deeper than ours, and they are much more superstitious. Who knows? But seriously, witch hunts a thing of the past? No. A headline yesterday says that so many women are fleeing Papua New Guinea that it’s creating a refugee problem! This isn’t a fantasy. This is really happening. Other headlines tell how women in Africa are being killed for witchcraft. Another on how a woman was shot in the leg for being a witch.
But back to New Guinea. A few women and several children are in danger of being identified as witches. In the last ten years there were at least 25 known women who were killed for being witches. And fleeing the villages? Yea, not something that’s done in their culture. You know shits real then. And why is this happening? The local religious influence and lack of police. Women with few male relatives to stand up for them, and who live on the fringe of society. Witchcraft was apparently not an issue there years ago. It is something new. (Source) Honestly, it sounds like the witch trials here a few hundred years back when we just killed women we didn’t like. What do you think?