SALEM, 2007

One might be able to forgive the ignorance of the residents of Salem, Mass. in 1692, even if one can’t forgive how violently they acted upon that ignorance. Those colonial rubes had no way of knowing that ergot poisoning was the likely culprit behind the relative few sincere suspicions of witchcraft. However, Salem’s treatment of all the people who were eventually fingered for witchcraft was inexcusable. And ergot doesn’t explain the tidal wave of finger-pointing and scapegoating that swept up the townsfolk and encouraged them to murder 25 of their neighbors.

That said, I don’t know what the fuck is in the water in Norwich, Connecticut these days. There’s no ergot to be found, to be sure, but there is a hell of a lot of inexcusable ignorance. Read it for yourself:

Questionable Conviction of Connecticut Teacher in Pop-Up Porn Case

Don’t you just love it when law enforcement officials– people with the authority to ruin or even take away your life– are as willfully ignorant as suicide roadkill?

3 comments on “

  1. Cynthia says:

    This is a terrible story.

  2. This nation has far too much wealth and power to act so frequently from ignorance. I truly believe that the U.S. is not far from self-destruction. The level of moral decay is critical, perhaps terminal. (The morality to which I refer is not some holier-than-thou Judeo-Christian hypocrisy, but a practical morality based as much on Hobbes as on the Golden Rule.) What is worse, most people are too complacent to care that they are abdicating their civic responsibility in favor of being little more than conspicuous consumers. It is so bad that even those of us who might want to make a difference can only stand and scream into the capitalist ether while we watch it all sink. Damn.

  3. teh l4m3 says:

    That poor woman definitely got hosed. Her only hope now is that national media seem to be paying some attention to this story…

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