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March 21, 2008

Connecticut Legislature to Exonerate 16th Century Witches

From the "I can't believe my tax dollars are paying for this" department:

Eleven Connecticut witches executed in the 17th century would finally be exonerated under legislation pending in the Judiciary Committee.

While records are incomplete, an estimated nine women and two men were hanged after being convicted of witchcraft between 1647 and 1663, in an age of superstition and religious intolerance.

The pending resolution would not pardon the executed colonists for the imagined crimes of 350 years ago, but would express the state's shock and distress at the state's witch trials. Committee leaders said Thursday they're likely to approve a resolution on Monday, the day of its legislative deadline.

Well, no wonder nothing ever gets done in this state...the shock and distress has been paralyzing the legislature for going on 400 years. I'm so relieved that something will finally be done about it!

Apparently some modern-day Connecticut residents will no longer have to hide their heads every time they walk down the street because their ancestors were executed for witchcraft. 14-year-old Addie Avery, whose grandmother (nine times removed) was hanged for dancing round a fire with a bottle of sack (imported Spanish white wine), will apparently no longer be a laughingstock at her school in New Preston. And Laurie B. Cayer of Mansfield can now go to the grocery store without people whispering and pointing because her ancestor, Lydia Gilbert, was convicted of being supernaturally involved in a militia accident that caused another man's death.

And I didn't realize this, but apparently the fact that Connecticut has waited this long to deal with the issue is "a huge black mark on the state of Connecticut." That's according to Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch. He added that, "The state should apologize and, if nothing else, exonerate them." Apparently he received his perosnal epiphany when he ran into a couple of wiccans while out walking his dog and they reminded him of this distressing state of affairs.

The outcome of Kelo vs. New London and having one of the biggest wastes of space in the US Senate are not reason for Connecticut to take pause, but having hanged nine people in the name of witchcraft 350 years ago -- when nearly everyone in the Western world at the time believed in the evil of witchcraft -- is a enough to place a "big black mark" on the state's nationwide reputation.

When's the next election?

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Posted by Pam Meister at 07:58 AM | Comments (7) | TrackBack (0) | Connecticut Issues
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A witch once turned me into a newt.

Posted by: John Ruberry at March 21, 2008 08:13 PM

Wow what a crock.Worry about the present and the future not the past.

Posted by: Rick at March 22, 2008 09:44 AM

Does that mean the Crone of Chappaqua is off the hook too?

Posted by: Gayle Miller at March 24, 2008 10:10 AM

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Posted by: David M at March 25, 2008 10:31 AM

You really have to move!

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at March 25, 2008 11:03 PM

How long before the descendants of witches start demanding reparations?

Posted by: Van Helsing at March 26, 2008 09:36 PM

Screw that guy using comments to sell stuff!

Anyway, on subject, at lest they are doing this instead of conducting local show trials against teh Bush REGIME and demanding his impeachment.

Posted by: aaron - LLP at March 28, 2008 04:18 AM


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