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Most people believe that the persecution of “witches” reached its height in the early 1690s with the trials in Salem, Mass., but it is a grim paradox of 21st-century life that violence against people accused of sorcery is very much still with us. Far from fading away, thanks to digital interconnectedness and economic development, witch hunting has become a growing, global problem.
In recent years, there has been a spate of attacks against people accused of witchcraft in Africa, the Pacific and Latin America, and even among immigrant communities in the United States and Western Europe. Researchers with United Nations refugee and human rights agencies have estimated the murders of supposed witches as numbering in the thousands each year, while beatings and banishments could run into the millions.
originally posted by: Cuervo
a reply to: olaru12
Sure, some of the problem is people being mistaken for witches and being killed.
But when an article says that, doesn't that seem wrong to you? What about those of us who actually are practitioners of witchcraft?! Are these types of rationale saying that the main reason it's wrong is mistaken identity?
These discussions (though well-intended) always set the tone for "it's wrong because most of them aren't really witches". That's a horrible way to think. That's like saying hate crimes against gay people are wrong because most of the victims are actually straight. My goodness.
Anyway, yes. There are witches and practitioners of witchcraft in contemporary society. It's not illegal in most places and should be protected as a religious freedom. The burning times are still in full throttle and has been in places like Africa going back as far as Christianity was introduced there. The western world brought Christianity to these places and then left their cultures in a flux. The 1st-world nation Christians evolved as society did yet those nations are still running on the Christianity from the Dark Ages.
originally posted by: LrdRedhawk
a reply to: Cuervo
Well said! The Craft is indeed recognized and protected as a valid religion thanks to Lady Sintana, who went before the Supreme Court on behalf of all of us to make it so.
Personally, I find offensive attempts to form discussions based on uninformed and unresearched conclusions. That's the foundation of vanity and naivety. Nothing personal against anyone here. I only suggest that you make an honest attempt to learn more about something before you become a self-proclaimed expert.