Child witches, demons, and LGBT youth

October 29, 2009 at 12:34 am (homosexuality)

You can read this and much more at http://www.bilerico.com/2009/10/chil…lgbt_youth.php:

Clerics’ sanctioning of Exodus 22:18 “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live” not only gave men biblical legitimacy to control women, but it also gave them a legal license to kill them.

Homosocial circles of women threatened the Puritan’s paradigm of male dominance, giving rise to the charges of witchcraft, because of the theological belief that women ought not be in the company of each other without the presence of a man. And without the presence of a man, of course, women could not help but engage in sorcery, paganism, and lesbianism.

While today new light is being shed on the Salem Witch Trials little is still known about the first woman accused of witchcraft that sparked the trials – Tituba, a black slave.

As the house slave of the Rev. Samuel Parris, minister of Salem Village, Parris’ daughter and her cousin accused Tituba of witchcraft. Allegedly, while assisting Tituba in preparing a “witch cake,” the girls experienced unexplained “fits” and “symptoms.”

Forced to confess that she was a witch, Tituba was known throughout Salem to tell tales from her African folklore tradition that both frightened and fascinated children and adults alike, stories later seen as evidence of her personal witchcraft.

Hell Houses” are today’s contemporary form of witch-hunting. Created in the late 1970’s by fundamentalist pastor, the Rev. Jerry Falwell, “hell houses’ are religious alternatives to traditional haunted houses. They are tours given by evangelical churches across the country design to scare people away from sin. And one of those sins is homosexuality.

I of course linkified some things.

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