Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Modern Day Witch-Hunts

I posted this link to an article on witch-hunts on Twitter the other day but I did want to comment on a particular point that it brought up so thought I'd post it here too. 

This article talks about witch-hunts from the past and the tragedy of what is happening in the world today and while it does bring up some interesting figures on past persecutions not being as bad as originally thought, I was very much taken by the point that a lot of the prejudices actually come from those around the witches and not those above.

What I mean by this is that it is not always the authorities. The Church and State have had a very bad press by witches, Wiccans and Pagans (rightly so) but it is of course the locals and neighbours who very often were/are the informers. That it is their fear, resentment or just a bullying nature towards anyone who is different that makes them take out their woes on innocent people. 

I guess it's important to realise that prejudice and persecution can come from any source and to be cautious about who you open up to sadly. 

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