7.19.2006

I Thought It Was Just A Monty Python Bit

From Newsweek: "With 300 years of hindsight, we all certainly can agree that trial by water is an injustice." - Virginia Gov Tim Kaine, in a letter informally pardoning Grace Sherwood, who, in 1706, was declared a witch after she was cast into a river and floated. Had she sunk and drowned, she would have been found innocent. (Story)

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well I float, don't think I'm fat at all, but can be a little witchy at times. Should I worry!!

Anonymous said...

Remember, those witch hunting folks were expressing their Christian beliefs back then. Maybe if our modern fundamentalists gain more political power they will bring back the good ole days of our countries founding era. Guess it doesn’t matter whether you float or sink – you’re dead. Geeze, how’s a prominent Wise Co attorney gonna make a living if determining guilt is so easy?

Anonymous said...

What do you mean, "Christian beliefs?" No Christian would be involved in drowning people because they thought they were witches. They's only do it if God told them to drown them.