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Modern Day Witch Hunts
Jane Breweron 9 December 2013
Transcript of Modern Day Witch Hunts
and The Crucible
by Mrs. Brewer
Modern Day Witch Hunts
According to Wikipedia: A witch-hunt is a search for witches or evidence of witchcraft, often involving moral panic, mass hysteria and lynching, but in historical instances also legally sanctioned and involving official witchcraft trials
According to dictionary.com: An intensive effort to discover and expose disloyalty, subversion, dishonesty, or the like, usually based on slight, doubtful, or irrelevant evidence.
Some might consider the Catholic Churches desire to weed out homosexual priests a modern day witch hunt.
An example of a modern day witch hunt is the FBI trying to catch fugitives everyday across the US. Muslims are
often targeted in these searches.
In the 20th century, Christians have been persecuted by Muslim groups, and by atheistic states such as the USSR and North Korea.
As of 2012, as estimated by the Christian missionary organization Open Doors UK, an estimated 100 million Christians face persecution, particularly in Muslim dominated countries like, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Christians in Pakistan are reportedly being subjected to a genocide by Pakistani Taliban. They also face persecution in atheistic states like North Korea in which there is no religious freedom.
A recent study, cited by the Vatican, reported that 75 out of every 100 people killed due to religious hatred were Christian.
The Jewish people have been one of the most persecuted groups in history. Persecution of Jews reached its most destructive form in Nazi Germany, which made the destruction of the Jews a priority, culminating in the killing of approximately 6,000,000 Jews during the Holocaust from 1941 to 1945. Originally, the Nazis used death squads to conduct massive open-air killings of Jews in territory they conquered. By 1942, the Nazi leadership decided to implement the Final Solution, the genocide of the Jews of Europe, and to increase the pace of the Holocaust by establishing extermination camps specifically to kill Jews.
This was an industrial method of genocide. Millions of Jews who had been confined to diseased and massively overcrowded Ghettos were transported to "Death-camps" where some were herded into gas chambers and gassed or shot
Is the US Government's Terrorist Watch List just a modern day Witch Hunt?