Witchcraft, my family, and reparations

Next year marks the 300-year anniversary of a landmark event in human achievement:

“The last execution for witchcraft in England took place in 1716, when Mary Hicks and her daughter Elizabeth were hanged.”

By the early Enlightenment, Europe had progressed to the point of shedding many superstitions and the often-bizarre cultural, political, and legal practices based upon them.

Yet, 300 years later, I wonder if I should initiate a claim of reparations. After all, who knows where the Hicks clan might be now if we hadn’t been so unjustly persecuted?

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5 thoughts on “Witchcraft, my family, and reparations

  • October 24, 2015 at 12:49 pm
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    I’m sorry! Or we’re sorry … or something. I’ll send you a check.

  • October 24, 2015 at 1:08 pm
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    Is it in the mail yet, Ed? (And I thought you Canadians were supposed to write “cheque.”)

  • October 28, 2015 at 1:21 pm
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    And I’m supposed to believe she wasn’t actually a witch because why? 🙂

  • October 28, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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    So maybe I have some witchery traits too, Bret?

  • October 29, 2015 at 12:48 am
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    I know, “checks” & “cheques” – I translated for you Yanks.

    Er, funny you haven’t received it yet.

    …Ahem.

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