"Never again the Burning Times!" is a favorite warning to Christians by
Wiccans. Perhaps even more disturbing is the phrase "Never Forget,
Never again!", ironically a slogan originally used by Jewish survivors
of the Holocaust. You'll see this phrase on bumperstickers and on
Internet webpages . Despite what some Wiccans think, we don't have
these mass burnings of Wiccan all throughout history up until the
present. Since Wicca didn't even exist until 1950 or so at the very
earliest, none of the people burned during the middle ages were Wiccan
anyway...unless of course Wiccans manufactured a time machine so they
could travel back to be martyred.
We do know that sorcerers existed during the middle
ages, and sometimes they ran afoul of the church. The people executed
for sorcery in the middle ages were Satanists, not Wiccans. Yet Wiccans
still insist on identifying with the people executed for witchcraft
during this period. They honestly believe 9,000,000 Wiccans were
burned, and at any second the "xtians" will rise up again, ready to do
some more burning! As long as Wiccans believe this propaganda, they
will continue to harbor hate for Christians. Hollywood is not helping
the matter either. A few years ago on the biggest infomercial for
Wicca, "Charmed" an episode was shown in which the youngest witch was
executed for witchcraft in the future, complete with a stainless steel
"stake" and propane flames. I’m sure that episode made a lot of Wiccans
even more paranoid and angry at Christians. I feel it is inevitable,
considering the younger and angrier people getting into Wicca nowadays
that there will be violence toward Christians and vandalism of churches.
"Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch To Live"
Wiccans love to point out this verse is in the
Bible. Laurie Cabot gives an eyebrow raising account of how she learned
this as a child in Bible class, and then asked her parents if she
should go around her neighborhood killing anyone who didn’t fit in.
Right, I'm sure that actually happened. She claims later as a
professional witch she appeared with a Christian minister who cited the
Bible verse not allowing a witch to live. Of course she doesn’t mention
the name of the T.V. show, the date or even the year it aired, or the
name of the minister, which makes one question if it really happened. I
don’t think any ministers today would say we have to keep Old Testament
laws concerning sorcerers. Not even the Orthodox Jews follow this verse
anymore (it wasn't Christians who wrote it, by the way, but Moses). The
Wiccans are in more danger from a violent attack from a rival coven
(and these cases have happened, such as the "witch wars" in NYC during
the 1970's) than from a church attacking them. I also find it very hard
to believe this verse would be part of a children's Bible school class,
as Miss Cabot insinuates. But nevertheless, Wiccans have to keep up the
idea that they are persecuted for their faith, just as the witches of
the past were.
The Roman Catholic Inquisition was primarily created
to deal with heretics at first, not witches, and certainly not Pagans.
Pagans had long vanished from the scene by the 14th century. Since
Wicca is a recent religion pretending to be an "Old Religion", and
since most religions have centuries of persecution in their histories,
it's not hard to see why they may have wanted to invent a phony "Wiccan
holocaust" (yes, some Wiccans really refer to it as this!) so they too
could wear the mantle of martyr without all the work. The Middle Ages
were a cruel time indeed. The 40,0000 to 65,0000 people executed covers
a period of hundreds of years, and thus it's not as many as it may
sound. True, that is still a lot of people, but far from the fictitious
9,000,000 to 13,000,000 figure.
The fact that people were executed for sorcery or black magic during
this time is indeed unfortunate, but far more people were killed for
say, stealing a sheep or pick pocketing for instance, than were for
sorcery. This ludicrous figure comes from a 19th century novel by Jules
Michelet called La Sorcerie. The figure was simply pulled out of thin
air. Many people do not take into account that La Sorcerie is a work of
fiction, not based on historic fact, and the novel was eroneously used
as a history book of the witch hunt era. Michelet was the Dan Brown of
his time. It is from Michelet that the outlandish figure of 9,000,000
people executed for withcraft came from...a figure he simply pulled out
of thin air.
YES, IT WAS WRONG, BUT THEY WEREN'T WICCANS OR EVEN PAGANS AND
THEREFORE YOU NEED TO GET OVER IT.
It's apparent from many of the things you can see and read online that
Wiccan/Neopagan disinformation about the so-called "Burning Times"
still abounds. Here are few remarkably subtle animated gifs I've found
online...and this is just a small sample:
Hopscotching Christ, paranoid much, Wiccans???
is nothing less than history revision! As long as Wiccans think they
are "victims", they will continue to act like victims, and will harbor
unwarrented hatred and fear of Christians.
Oddly enough, Wiccans seem to have no such feelings towards
Hinduism...a religion that actually practices modern day witch
burnings! In fact, Wiccans strain to try to make a connection to
Hinduism, ironically enough. The problem is, Wiccans, like most
other Westerners, think of Yoga and the giggling little Maharishi on
the Merv Griffin Show when they think of Hinduism. The pasturized
version of Hinduism we see in the West is a far cry from the real
Hinduism of the Sub-Continent where witch killings are part of the
In 2008, a 40-year-old woman, Phool Kunwar, was dragged from her home
on Monday night, beaten and burned with a hot iron, and finally pushed
into a burning pyre by three Hindus. Since the three offenders were
also women, it can not be chalked up to the usual "women being
persecuted in a male dominated society" claim. And since Hindusim has
its share of Pagan goddesses, it's not a "monotheistic vs.
polytheistic" thing, either. This incident is just one such case that
happen routinely in India. There were 160 cases of women
being tortured and/or killed by Hindus reported in the Indian
Chhattisgarh region alone in 2007.
Most Wiccans also don't feel the same animosity toward
Muslims as they do Christians, and yet Muslims endorse killing
witches. Fatwaa 69914 states:
"There should be no hesitation
in executing the practitioner of witchcraft, whether we say that he is
a kaafir[ non-Muslim] or not, because this is what is proven from the
companions of the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him).
Executing him prevents the spread of evil and serves as a deterrent to
his fellow practitioners of witchcraft. "
Now this isn't some obscure text from a 14th century Arabic manuscript,
it's from a 21st century Muslim website on the Internet! it's also not
the only instance where you'll find such sayings. one can only imagine
what is being said in Arabic on the Internet.
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