Est. May 2008

05 October, 2012

Raising The Dead

Four hundred years ago, eleven people were hanged in Connecticut for being witches.

Now, their witch relatives want the state to pardon them.



Make of this what you will; I haven’t got a dog in this fight (personally, I don’t know if I could care less about what my ancestors did 400 years ago, wherever they were (I think Germany and England, but don’t quote me)).  But what irks me about this is the following:

Until about 5 or 6 years ago, the woman who brought this up – Bernice Mable Graham Telian – wasn’t even aware of this part of her history: she discovered it while doing some genealogical research.

She’s 82, which means she discovered this after at least seventy-odd years of life – and it doesn’t look as if having an accused witch in the family caused her any undue problems.

Anthony Griego and the Connecticut Wiccan and Pagan Network, asked the governor of the state to pardon the eleven, after the state Board of Pardons and Paroles and the Queen of England both refused to do so (the Board of Pardons doesn’t give them to dead people).

Mr. Griego assured the state that ‘the proclamation is nonbinding and doesn’t open up the door for lawsuits’; however, the CWPN sent the governor postcards, threatening him:
Supporters are asked to send Malloy a postcard that reads: "I am a Pagan/Witch and I vote. Clear the names of Connecticut's eleven accused and executed witches." (emphasis mine)
And, of course, it’s all about tolerance:
"The witch hunts were about fear and intolerance," said Griego.
’So we won’t tolerate that intolerance and we’ll be intolerant of the governor and won’t vote for him unless he caves in to us.’

All over something that happened over four hundred years ago.

The government’s got more important things to do than pardon people who died four hundred years ago, people.

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