The Salem Witch Trials of 1692-1693 were by far the largest and most lethal outbreak of witchcraft hysteria in American history. Yet Salem was just one of many incidents during the Great Age of Witch Hunts which took place throughout Europe and her colonies over many centuries. Indeed, by European standards, Salem was not even a large outbreak. But what exactly were the factors that made Salem stand out?
Sarah Good (July 11, 1653 – July 19, 1692) born in Salem Village (now Danvers), Massachusetts, was one of the first three women to be accused of witchcraft in the Salem witch trials of 1692. However, Sarah Good was accused of witchcraft in February of 1692 but was not hanged for witchcraft until July of 1692.
Divine Coincidence that Jesus has all of the traits of the pagan Gods that proceeded him? I think not! Claiming his birth date as Dec 25th is a lie that's been proven so how can you put a value on any of the his claims? A fake and poser and they call Pagans heathens! Heathen I may be but at least I spout truth and a deceiver I will not be!
Burning and hanging were the most popular forms of execution for accused witches in medieval Europe. Burning seems to have been most common in continental Europe while hanging was more common in Britain -- and thus also in the American colonies later as well. The death penalty was imposed on a wide variety of crimes in this era, but witchcraft in particular was punished by death on the basis of Exodus 22:18: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" and Leviticus 20:27: "A man also or woman that..
Regions with the most social and political unrest also happened to be those with the greatest problem with witches. Every social, political, and natural problem was blamed on witches. Crop failure? Witches did it. Well gone bad? Witches poisoned it. Political unrest and rebellion? Witches are behind it. Strife in the community? Witches are influencing people
False accusations and unreasonable executions were the primary characteristics of the Salem Witch Trials. One alleged witch, Giles Corey, was not too pleased to be tortured for such frivolous reasons. Thus, as the authorities layered more and more rocks upon his fragile old frame, they gave him one last chance to admit his suspected magic. Corey, stubbornly, welcomed his death instead: “More weight!”
Religious persecution is something I find deeply offensive, particularly when persued by people who claim to be followers of the messiah, Jesus. Yet, it has happened, and if we are committed to ensuring it never happens again we must remember. So here is some archive information on the Salem witchcraft trials, something I am truly sorry for.
Women’s reproductive freedom is not a war against religion;it's a war against religion imposing its will on the tribe of women. To say that the battle for women’s rights and reproductive freedom isn’t about religion though would be a lie. It is about religion; an extremely loud & rich group of men & women are using their God & texts as sacred & moral reason for their horrific actions & that is persecution.The witch burnings of the middle ages come to mind.