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Sixth, because you think that there should have been no consequences for Grant Palmer's activities?

Seventh, for pointers. ;)

Wow, maybe it's just been a long week, but I don't see the connections here. John, I don't think Palmer was accused of witchcraft so I'm not sure how he leaped into the discussion. And I don't know what pointers are the object of Adam's light-hearted remark: Pointers on how to conduct a rigged trial? Pointers on how to avoid one?

Note: I posted a short piece on this topic last month, and there were many excellent comments, including links to several sources giving the LDS view of the Salem trials.

I have read a number of analyses which suggest that the hysteria in Salem was really a power struggle over real estate. In a simple mapping of the accusers' and the accuseds' homes, the latter appear primarily in an area known as the prime farm land. It's an interesting, modern take on the story, and not at all absurd. The power of ownership of land cannot be underestimated (and if there's a question, consider the problems in Northern Ireland and the West Bank of Israel/Palestine.)

Maybe I'm confusing my blogs but I thought that Palmer's situation was compared to the witch trials on this blog.

I take a small exception with the following comment:
People of a strongly religious mindset are predisposed to see active and malevolent evil of a supernatural sort at work in the world through human agents, so reading a good account of how witch accusations or similar charges are abused is good preventative medicine.

Mostly, I think it is right, but I think it important to recall that the child abuse trials of the 90s were often secular in nature,and really only took off after the infamous article "Ritual abuse exists: Believe it" in Ms. Magazine in 1993.

Secular folks are just as likely to fall into this trap as religous folks. I think rather than say this is a problem that tends to beset religous types, it seems to be a problem that besets anyone who accepts a strong, all pervasive ideology of any kind.

Other than that quibble, a good post worth pondering.

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