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Many men and women throughout history of the Christian faith have been burned at the stake for heresy.
Modern hate crimes do not result in burning but the principle is no different .
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Joan, I beieve that those who remain silent may do so through either fear of standing out from the crowd and being marked as different and may be cast out or sent to hell!!) or have a deep seated fear that those in authorty may somehow be complicent - and if we can't trust our leaders who can we trust? Some are afraid, some are afraid to think, some don't have the ability or haven't been taught or encouraged to think and rationalise. Smetimes I wish I could be content with a 9-5 job, a good pay cheque and a cople of weeks holiday a year but something in me looks for more and something in me hates injutice and unfainess and any religions I've looked at are completely unjust and unfair - as well as irrational. I like to think that if I see somehng unjust I will voice my opinion - even if no one wants to lsten.
By far the biggest majority of those tried and convicted of witchcraft in Scotland were women. They were often independent women who were feared by authority - not because of what they were perceived to be able to do in a supernatural sense or because of their "ungodly" behaviour - but because of what they might provoke in other women - the lack of need of male domination and guidance. They were the Germaine Greers of their day and the patriarchal hierarchy wern't quite ready for this in the 17th century.Some of the female vicims, like some of the men who were convicted, owned property whch would be relinquished to either the state or church, thereby giving the authorities a good reason for wanting a conviction leadng to a death sentence. In some cases convicted witches weren't executed but were scarred by branding and allowed to live as a warning to others. - I stronly suspect that these were the ones who owned nothing that the church wanted.
Often the truth behind these burnings isn't religious belief but greed shielded by that name. So whilst some, as you say may have suffered due to hatred from those with different beliefs many suffered for policital and fnancial reasons disguised as "god's wll". By taking a look at individual victims and their circmstances and finding out who benefits from their demise youfind the real reason behind their persecution and prosecution.
I'm not sure which makes me more angry. People who really believe all the religious guff they are fed and who make others suffer because of their ill informed belief system or those who are sly and simply use it for their own ends.
After the introduction of the Witchraft Act in 1735 people were no longer convcted of "Witchcraft" in Scotland but could be prosecuted and fined or imprisoned for purporting to have the powers of a witch.The last Scot to be convicted under the 1735 Act was Helen Duncan who was jailed for 9 months and the last person in the UK was Rebecca Yorke who received a lighter sentence - both women convicted as late as 1944 and their convictions may have been due to fears of secrets they might reveal during war time.
The Wtchcraft Actof 1735 was finally repealed in 1951 and replaced with the Fraudulent Mediums Act.
These are only a few of the victims of the "Burning Times" that had at its heart, hatred for those who believed differently than the people in charge at the time.
Today, religious people do not burn others at the stake for differences of values. Whether it is about a woman's right to control her own body, or GLBT right to marry, or even the old quarrel about racial equality, or any of the social issues that create differences, there exist those who assault and even murder, others still put on costumes or burn crosses to express their love for their god.
Name it what you will, but these hate crimes do not support flourishing.
My disgust comes from people who belong to religious communities who do not protest louder than we who put our trust in science and knowledge. Silence implies agreement.
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