You want to hear something scary? Scary because its true?
Thousands of women died in Medieval Europe on charges of witchcraft. Some men too. Some estimates are upwards of a million!
Ever heard of the Malleus Maleficarum? The handbook on how to rape, torture and murder witches used by the European church?
So why the fuck is it "PC" for Hollywood to make films where witches not only have magical powers but are child-sacrificing bad guys 99% of the fucking time?
Isn't that a bit like ... I don't know ... what the Nazi film industry did to portray Jews as the hook-nosed baby-blood drinking greedy vermin?
Why is this still okay?
There are people today who identify with the pagan religion of Wicca. We are atheists. But we are much more concerned with the patriarchal monotheistic religions like Islam who butcher people on a daily basis.
We have a problem with Wicca about to the same extent that we do with Jainism -- which is to say, they're wrong, they're not magic, and they are non-fucking violent so WTF are you doing Hollywood? Most self-identified witches we know are basically just herbalists who meditate in nature. They're like a more feminine version of Buddhists.
So why are witches still validated as magic and also mystified as monsters?
And lest we forget, there are currently children in Nigeria being murdered en-mass by Christians because they were accused of being witches.
How the fuck is this still a thing?
Christian witch trials:
Islamic witch hunts:
Witch Children of Nigeria:
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