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A witch-hunt was traditionally a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, which could lead to a witchcraft trial involving the accused person. Many diverse cultures throughout the world, both ancient and modern, have reacted to allegations of witchcraft either by superstitious fear and awe, and killed any alleged practitioners of witchcraft outright; or shunned it as quackery, extortion or fraud. Today such events are recognised as a type of moral panic. Witchhunts still occur in the modern era, in many and various communities where religious values condemn the practice of witchcraft and the occult. On a general basis, the term may also denote the persecution of a perceived enemy (commonly socially non-conformist groups) with extreme prejudice and disregard of actual guilt or innocence.
Originally posted by testingatheory
Terrorists are not witches.
Back in the old days Christians hunted and found witches. Closer inspection of this part of history reveals that the witch hunters were not really Christians at all. Does that mean that the pagen witches were the good guys? No, I don't think so. [edit on 22-11-2006 by testingatheory]
[edit on 22-11-2006 by testingatheory]
Closer inspection of this part of history reveals that the witch hunters were not really Christians at all.
Terrorists are not witches
Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
The whole witch trial was a ploy by the "puritans" to rid their society of dissenting voices; this is not the case with the terrorists. Terrorists are not dissenting voices but people who supposedly want to kill anyone who doesn't think as they do. In this respect,
Originally posted by testingatheory
Illustrate how I have "revised" history. What is the definition of a Christian? Is the Pope a Christian? Maybe the Knights Templar are Christians,
You are absolutely correct. Anything that the "church" has perceived as a threat to its authority and control, it has seeked to demonize and eliminate.
The term witchcraft and satanism was created by the church as an excuse to eliminate Pagan ideology, nothing more and nothing less.
Originally posted by welshslider
Trial??? What if you are in Guantanemo bay??? Do you get a trial then?
Burn the witches?
Originally posted by osram
If the Administration defines you as an "Unlawful Enemy Combattant" then you will be held in some prison. Your defense will not be able to know what and why you are accused of unless you sign some paper declaring yourself guilty, after having been almost tortured to death or organ failure.
But I like to give you a little hint. Stop believing the funny Terrorists fairy-tale.
Because it is sooooooo hilarious.
Originally posted by resistor
Right, unless of course you seek to expose the crimes the government is engaged in, such as smuggling drugs and guns to fund black budget projects. Then you are subject to being summarily labeled an UEC, smeared in order to discredit your testimony, given a high tech lynching in order to convince the masses that you deserve whatever you get, and then tortured, poisoned, persecuted and deprived of property, privacy and profession until you submit to the evil you seek to fight against. Nothing to worry about at all! Just do whatever you're told like a good little slave and perhaps you'll be allowed some peace.
Originally posted by infinite
UK media is the worse and second to none when it comes to witch hunts.
Our media has brought down numerous people who have public lives, its shattered careers, which is not nice. There is a saying about the UK media
if they get you in their sights, your a dead man
Originally posted by niklaus
I live in a city where a man was recently found guilty of killing his wife 10 years ago. A typical case of trial by media. 10 years ago his wife disappeared. She was never found. There was no evidence of foul play. no corpse. The best evidence they had was the lack of evidence in his favor, and several paid witnesses(including a cellmate from when he was awaiting trial who was bribed with a shortened sentence ).
From the start, the local media reported rumor as fact, and seldom issued retractions when the rumor were proved to be rumors. He was found guilty of murder, abuse of a corpse( ????) and with his father, conspiracy to solicit murder(based on the testimony of a convicted felon.
And there is no physical evidence that she is dead.