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The thought process of the Courts during the Salem Witch Trials.

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How many Innocents had their lives taken? 19 were actually hanged, 5 died in Jail, and One man was famously crushed to death, by a pile of boulders placed on a wooden board, which was placed on his chest.

 

Ironically, they let the ones who confessed go and the ones that didn't were left to rot in Jail or Hanged. I guess the court's thought process was like this: If they were a witch, they wouldn't Admit it, because all witches are lying bastards. So, they can't be a witch if they were telling the truth. But if they are telling a lie, that means they aren't a witch. 

 

So many Puritans didn't want to go to hell, so they just told the truth: They weren't witches. But the court didn't believe them, and as a result, they were convicted. Puritan Religion is extremely strict about lies.

 

The third way out was to recite the Lord's Prayer. But that didn't save George Burroughs. 

 

Even if you did survive being accused, you probably should leave the town. Your reputation has been tarnished forever.

 

This is why we don't have Theocracies. People shouldn't use religious logic to solve crimes. Or accuse people of them.

 

I feel like the Puritan Court didn't know what Paradoxes were. If they are a witch, then they wouldn't admit it. If they are not a witch, they would admit that they are a witch because they are telling the truth, except they are not if they aren't a witch, which makes them a liar, and if they are a liar, that could make them a witch and you know what? My head hurts.

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I doubt that it was ever about hunting down and punishing actual "witches." That was just the cheap pretense they used to kill people they didnt like under the guise of justice. Thats one of the fundamental principles of any religion out there: No evidence based logic is required.

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Hey, have you heard of this magical thing called a White Terror? It's the same thing without the religious element.

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8 hours ago, Josef said:

I doubt that it was ever about hunting down and punishing actual "witches." That was just the cheap pretense they used to kill people they didnt like under the guise of justice. Thats one of the fundamental principles of any religion out there: No evidence based logic is required.

It almost Certainly was the case for George Burroughs. He was an opponent of the Putnam family. So Ann Putnam used her acting skills to accuse George of Witchcraft.

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A lot of it was unfortunately just scummy politics. It was also used to keep women down, not that we didn't have plenty of men being accused of being warlocks either. It didn't start out that way, there was a lot of superstition behind it, such as a husband and wife accusing the other of witchcraft over the death of their child, but it eventually ended up being used to further many political agendas. 

 

The Salem trials were only the most notoriously known witch hunt, but not the first or the last. Before that we had plenty of hunts in England, and I believe one of the biggest massacres on the account of witch hunting took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 

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