Here is the scenerio:
It’s the Friday before the High School gets out for Spring Break, it’s also the last time school meets before Easter. The Christian Club puts on an Easter show, complete with a giant Cross. They also preach their message into a mic that couldn’t be heard at any real distance.
A young man in my class got upset about that, and felt offended. He is Wiccan. At first, I tried to explain to him that he didn’t have to listen or pay attention to it. I mean, come on, it’s a BIG school. I told him he had the right to protest if he felt strongly about it, but the Christian Group has the right to freedom of speech as well.
Ok, I’m getting to the point now, stay with me…
He then said something to the effect of “People say Jews have been persecuted for thousands of years, and that’s true. But so have Wiccans, remember a little thing called The Salem Witch Trials?”
Here is where I laughed out loud…I couldn’t help myself. Every piece of evidence points towards the fact that NONE of the men and women killed actually were practicing Wiccans, and they were probably killed out of hysteria, greed, anger, revenge…see Arthur Miller’s The Crucible.
Then he mentioned The European Witch Trials and all the hysteria that went on around the time of Bubonic Plague and all that fun stuff. I pointed out that the majority of them were not Wiccans or witches, they were midwives and innocent victims.
At that point he stormed off in a huff, muttering about how intolerant of other religions I am.
That is a basically EXACT reproduction of our conversation. I’m pretty sure that I am right, I have some historical evidence backing me up, most notably The History Channel. But what do you guys think?
Were the Witch Trials both in Europe and Salem mindless hysteria, scapegoating, and all together pointless death. OR was it a systematic destruction of Wiccans on the scale of the Holocaust?
“The bitch, oh the bitch, the bitch is back…I’m a bitch cuz I’m better then you, it’s the way that I move
The things that I do…” Elton John
“People try to tell me thoughts they cannot defend…” The Moody Blues
“To start, press any key. Where’s the any key?” Homer Simpson.