Burn the Witch!

I hope everyone remembers the comedic masterpiece that is Monty Python’s Holy Grail if not then take a look at this video and I’m sure you’ll agree that it is a sublime peace of beautifully stupid comedy.

As funny as the film was the Salem witch trials were no laughing matter. The anathema placed on anyone accused of being a witch by the Church was not trivial either. I truly wish the use of the word “was” to denote the past was accurate but it isn’t. Sadly this belief in witchcraft persists. Yet another belief in the supernatural has turned into the abuse of women. Kepari Leniata of Papua New Guinea was burnt alive for withcraft. The murder of the 20-year-old woman prompted the Local Christian bishop David Piso to say that related killings were a growing problem, and to the government “to come up with a law to stop such practice” – BBC news”. Strange how one peddler in the supernatural condemns this whilst his institute is one of the foremost forces against the empowerment of women in the 3rd world. Underlying message; the uneducated, ignorant and faithful will do literally anything in the name of a dodgey unsubstantiated supernatural belief.

To combat this there needs to be a drastic turn around in education in regions of the world where such nonsensical beliefs are pervasive throughout society. For those that say “let them have their beliefs, everyone is entitled to their opinion” I say stop being so passive in the face of horrendous acts and beliefs if you want to be viewed as a moral person. Such a sit on the fence and look for the quiet life attitude makes your opinion of little worth in these matters. Innovate for an intellectual, humanistic world where reasonable conclusions are drawn with regards to evidence and such acts are condemned by all as they are, evil acts perpetrated by the ignorant and superstitious.

Original essay – James Randi Foundation

Amnesty International Report

BBC New Report


About glencarrigan

Glen Carrigan is a Neuropsychology Postgraduate Researcher and Senior Research Assistant in Clinical Practice at The University of Central Lancashire. Glen is a public speaker, humanist, science presenter, ex-soldier, and social and political activist with an interest in all things related to equality, science, education, and politics.

Posted on February 12, 2013, in Humanism, Psychology and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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