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By Eddie Morrison

In the 14th to 17th centuries in Europe and the United States, ‘witchcraft hysteria’ swept through most countries.

Tens of thousands of completely innocent men, women and children were burned, tortured, maimed, imprisoned and in other ways punished. Religious ‘heresy‘ was also severely punished. Deviate from the accepted standards of the ruling religion of your country and you faced persecution – even death.

Looking back, we can see now that the whole notion of religious persecution and accusations of witchcraft were complete nonsense. They were based on the total intolerance of the Church or State, and the people persecuted were guilty of nothing worse than dissent from the accepted status quo. They were really seen as a political threat, and often the religious heresy bit was a charge that was tacked on.

Today, in Europe especially Britain [and U.S., Canada], we have a new

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