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?