Collective Amnesia: Misogyny and Witch Hunts

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Part 4 By Lara/Trace

I hope this series COLLECTIVE AMNESIA has made you think about our “thinking” and how we might connect the dots of the PAST who delivers the PRESENT.

Imagine this: faith-based churches use very old books for preaching their tenets and beliefs, as if their age alone makes them sacred, holy, divine — and we are to BELIEVE these words (and rule books) were sent directly from gods.  These rule books are generally unquestioned and not viewed as religious propaganda.

Misogyny or hate for females in many countries holds on and is still practiced (an example is in the Middle East); male followers would rather shoot a little girl in the head than let their little daughters learn in schools.  If that particular religion (which rules that country) believes women are not capable to learn, what century and rule book is this?? What book or books are they following and WHO do they believe and why? What religion or religious book is worth a belief system of murder and how does it serve its followers who are not male?

What is the hatred of women?

Misogyny /mɪˈsɒɪni/ is the hatred or dislike of women or girls. Misogyny can be manifested in numerous ways, including sexual discrimination, denigration of women, violence against women, and sexual objectification of women.[1][2] Misogyny has been characterised as a prominent feature of the mythologies of the ancient world as well as of various religions. In addition, many influential Western philosophers have been described as misogynistic.[1] 

I am not surprised this hatred of women passed from generation to generation, subtly in rule books and tenets of churches who still use religion to control and punish its followers. They also create a devil to scare believers into submission…

“Early Christian theologians attributed to the Devil responsibility for persecution, heresy, witchcraft, sin, natural disasters, human calamities, and whatever else went wrong. One tragic consequence of this was a tendency to demonize people accused of wrongs. At the instance of ecclesiastical leaders, the state burned heretics and witches; burning symbolizing the fate deserved by the demonic. Popular fears, stirred to fever pitch in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, sustained frenzied efforts to wipe out heretics, witches, and unbelievers, especially Jews…” Hinson, “Historical and Theological Perspectives on Satan”, Review & Expositor (89.4.475), (Fall 1992).

While witch-hunts only became common after 1400, an important legal step that would make this development possible occurred in 1326, when Pope John XXII authorized the Inquisition to persecute witchcraft (mostly women who were considered pagan and not Christ-followers) as a type of heresy.[44]   

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American anthropologist, Marvin Harris, in his work, ‘Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches’ (1973), states witches were used as scapegoats – victimized by the Church and secular male lords to focus and divert public furor at a time of economic dislocation and uproar: “The practical significance of the witch mania therefore was that it shifted responsibility for the crisis of late medieval society from both Church and state to imaginary demons in human form.” American suffragette Matilda Joslyn Gage had claimed that nine million women had been killed in the European witch trials.  [Divert is another way to distract attention from what they were really doing behind the scenes…] I read this book by Marvin Harris and I do recommend it!

Male church leaders and lords controlled with propaganda and fear, and murdered women.

Since 1993 the city council of 17 German and 2 Swiss cities have issued a resolution to exonerate the victims of their local WITCH HUNTS and have put up commemorative plaques. The City Council of Düsseldorf issued a resolution in November 2011 to exonerate the victims of the witches craft trials and the City Council of Cologne exonerated Katharina Henot and the other victims of the persecution of witches in Cologne on June 28, 2012. The victims of the witch craft trials of Salem, Massachusetts/USA have been exonerated consecutively in 1711, in 1957 and in 2001.

What is propaganda and how is it used?

Propaganda must always address itself to the broad masses of the people. (…) All propaganda must be presented in a popular form and must fix its intellectual level so as not to be above the heads of the least intellectual of those to whom it is directed. (…) The art of propaganda consists precisely in being able to awaken the imagination of the public through an appeal to their feelings, in finding the appropriate psychological form that will arrest the attention and appeal to the hearts of the national masses. The broad masses of the people are not made up of diplomats or professors of public jurisprudence nor simply of persons who are able to form reasoned judgment in given cases, but a vacillating crowd of human children who are constantly wavering between one idea and another. (…) The great majority of a nation is so feminine in its character and outlook that its thought and conduct are ruled by sentiment rather than by sober reasoning. This sentiment, however, is not complex, but simple and consistent. It is not highly differentiated, but has only the negative and positive notions of love and hatred, right and wrong, truth and falsehood.[5]

As to the methods to be employed:

Propaganda must not investigate the truth objectively and, in so far as it is favourable to the other side, present it according to the theoretical rules of justice; yet it must present only that aspect of the truth which is favourable to its own side. (…) The receptive powers of the masses are very restricted, and their understanding is feeble. On the other hand, they quickly forget. Such being the case, all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare essentials and those must be expressed as far as possible in stereotyped formulas. These slogans should be persistently repeated until the very last individual has come to grasp the idea that has been put forward. (…) Every change that is made in the subject of a propagandist message must always emphasize the same conclusion. The leading slogan must of course be illustrated in many ways and from several angles, but in the end one must always return to the assertion of the same formula….

Hitler put these ideas of PROPAGANDA into practice with the reestablishment of the Völkischer Beobachter, a daily newspaper published by the Nazi Party (NSDAP) from February 1925 on, whose circulation reached 26,175 in 1929. It was joined in 1926 by Joseph Goebbels‘s Der Angriff, another unabashedly and crudely propagandistic paper.


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