What is it with religious people and refusing to take responsibility for their own TRUE sins? If you wonder about the title, this was taken as a direct quote from the confrontation of Ann Putnam by the elders of Salem Village in Massachussetts when they finally got their heads together.
When the village magistrate and elders demanded to know why Ann Putnam and her gang of "afflicted children" had condemned 18 of their fellow neighbors to the noose on Gallows Hill and many others to wrongful imprisonment, she finally said... rather pathetically... "Twas but a delusion of Satan." [Source.. "A Delusion of Satan" by Frances Hill http://www.amazon.com/Delusion-Satan-Story-Salem-Trials/dp/03068115... ]
[This is an excellent book btw... it gives a wonderful look into the chronology of events regarding the Salem Witchcraft Trials complete with documents from the time period].
Did she honestly think that answer would remove her guilt? Whipe the blood from her hands? The case of Four-year-old convicted "witch," Dorcas Goode struck me with especial horror and anger.
There are no pictures of Dorcas... so I'm posting a picture of a random four year old from the present day to let the insanity of the idea of her being a witch come to horrible light.
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Now... what on Earth could have convinced a Judge that a little girl like this could be a servant of Satan is beyond me. But if you check the records... her conviction is there...
The poor preschool aged child was dragged into the courtroom under the accusing stares of her community and subjected to the hysterical [and probably gleeful] twitching and shrieking of the "afflicted children" as well as the accusatory "questions" of Judge John Hawthorne, who was convinced of her guilt before she walked into the room.
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According to records the child bursting into hysterical shrieking sobs and her tiny body was then clapped in shackles and dragged away to the dungeon like jail where [I believe] she spent several months. One can almost hear the terrible screams and sobs of the child locked away like a murderess in the dank, dark, dungeon-like cell. One can almost hear her cries for her dead mother who had been dragged to the gallows earlier for the same crime and see her tiny fists banging the wall until they bled. Eventually she would fall silent as she made a descent into madness.
And all Ann Putnam could say about this was "The Devil made me do it." Really? If Dorcas had been in her right mind I can hear a response to this.
"WHAT?! 'The Devil made you do it?!' What kind of answer is that?! You killed my mother! You drove me insane! You ruined my childhood! And all you can say is 'The Devil made me do it?!' Screw you! Bitch!!"
Of course... this kind of language was unheard of in 1692... but the point is there right?
That was 1692... but over 300 years later... that lame excuse is still popular among some Christians. Can anyone think of a popular evangelist who has used that excuse in the past 20 years? For example... "Umm... I cheated on my wife because the Devil made me do it." Disgusting.
But what is perhaps even more disturbing is that a great number of Christians believe that the horrific human sacrifice of their God cleanses them of their sins no matter what they do.
"I beat my wife 'till she went to the ER... but that's okay because Jesus died for my sins."
"I raped a 10-year-old boy who trusted me as a priest of his church... but that's okay because Jesus died for my sins."
"I strangled and decapitated a hitchiker... but that's okay because Jesus died for my sins."
"But all you heathens! You are going to burn forever [even if you did nothing to anyone] because you don't accept that Jesus died for your sins!"
[...] Fuck! What a load of disgusting selfish bullshit!! [Please excuse my language... I'm pissed]
What is worse? Blaming the Devil for your sins? Or feeling as if you are cleansed of them by "the blood of the Lamb?"