Real Stories I Wish Were JUST Witchy Fiction

I was in school the other day, walking and reading. I haven’t done that in ages—I use my Kindle’s text-to-speech feature when I walk—but the scene I was reading was affecting me so much that I couldn’t stop looking at the words. They told the story of a little girl who screamed after her mother, who had been accused of Witchcraft and arrested. The arrest was not what made the little girl cry; she wept because the lawman who arrested her mother decided to hang the family witch dog that had tried to protect its human friend. When the little girl defended the dog, she too was accused of being a witch—a thing of evil—and arrested with her mother. She was six.

I stopped at the bottom of the set of stairs that led to the school library, and I cried. I was weeping while people walked to my left and right. I felt a hand on my shoulder, and looked back. It was one of my classmates.

“Are you okay,” she looked really concerned.

I was choking on tears, so I just looked from my Kindle to her face, and continued crying.

She looked at my Kindle and read a few lines. “You are not crying because of a novel,” she pushed me playfully. “You are such a trip!”

We walked to the library, and I took a few moments to pull myself together. Then I told her that Witch Hunt by Devin O’Branagan had brought up the initial tears, but it was not what kept me crying. I wept because of the real stories I’ve always wished were JUST witchy fiction. I wept for mothers who have lost custody of their children after her husbands’ families accused them of Witchcraft. I wept for priests who were shot in the back for the sin of defending fathers, mothers, sons daughters… accused of Witchcraft. I wept for the ones who have been burned, beaten, stoned, killed… by hateful narrow-minded so called humans who hide behind the religious shields of ignorance.

Witch Hunt made me cry three times: out of fiery rage, out of joy, and out of pure sadness. This is one of those novels that proves “fiction can touch real issues in ways reality never can.” But I wish, I wish, I wish… it could, don’t you?
"Witch Burning" by Granat Olga
   

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  1. It's true...whenever you think of atrocities committed in the name of whatever, it seems the sins committed against those accused of Witchcraft are always conveniently forgotten. I don't imagine a UK judge would discriminate against a parent due to religious belief in a custody hearing since we're a more secular society, and witches are often viewed with a sense of amusement (i.e. "Look at those druids, aren't they silly?!") but it says a lot that in this day and age, it would even be a consideration.

    I'll raise my glass to all the innocents lost over the years due to misunderstanding and malice.

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  2. I too weep over innocents lost to spite and meanness all because of beliefs! Usually done because of fear and misunderstandings. All so sad and it still goes on today. Violence done to those who's beliefs don't fit into their set of rules and regulations. So sad!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  3. I have been shunned and hated for my Witchy beliefs, and shunned and hated for my Christian beliefs...both times by my own mother and father. Funny how so many say, "I am a follower of *fill in blank*, and we only love everyone" while they are lynching you.

    Reading your post made me want to cry...don't think I could read that book lol.

    ::abrazos y besos::

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  4. I've cried and my heart has ached for all those that have gone before us that have suffered from these witch hunts. It's almost surreal that it continues to happen in this day and age and if we all scream as one, hopefully one day it will stop.

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  5. Magaly, I was shedding a few tears with you! It's so horrible how people can throw a stone, hate or worse, kill, someone for their beliefs. It even happens if someone looks "different" or is of a different raise from yours. I truly don't understand! Aren't we all suppose to respect each other and love one another? It's your soul that counts!!! What's inside of you!!!

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  6. Icy - I know what you mean. I was reading an article about Thor (the new movie) and I was a bit annoyed by the comments made by people who implied that worshiping a "comic character was stupid". I rarely fall into that kind of traps, but I'm not perfect, so I visited the person's blog. He writes reviews for Christian-friendly fantasies. I left an not so friendly comment that suggested that it was really stupid to worship a character that had a reality show in South Park and got his butt kicked by the devil in a fight. He didn't find it funny, and I didn't think it was either, but I hope he go the point. Although I doubt it...

    SueAnn - There are times when I think everybody understands exactly what is going on, and they are just terrible. Then again, I'm still a bit angry.

    Penny - This book is powerful, but you shouldn't miss it; really. You can see both sides of spectrum (I love the good Christian people of these book, almost as much as I dislike the bad witchy characters). It might make you cry a bit, but it is worth the leakage ;-)

    MidnightSage - We can only hope.

    Magic Love Crow - Your exclamation points remind me of how loud I was talking last night, when discussing the issue with my Piano Man; it is just such an emotion-loaded topic!!!

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  7. Oh Magaly, I cannot imagine the agony those poor men, women, children and their animals have gone through over the years and particularly during what is referred to as the burning times. It seems as if most wars and violence are launched in the name of "god." Now really, does that make a bit of sense? You are so right. It is "an emotion-loaded topic." I could not have summed it any better myself. You are a wonderful woman and a true human being. Many blessings to you.

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  8. Icy - I know what you mean. I was reading an article about Thor (the new movie) and I was a bit annoyed by the comments made by people who implied that worshiping a "comic character was stupid". I rarely fall into that kind of traps, but I'm not perfect, so I visited the person's blog. He writes reviews for Christian-friendly fantasies. I left an not so friendly comment that suggested that it was really stupid to worship a character that had a reality show in South Park and got his butt kicked by the devil in a fight. He didn't find it funny, and I didn't think it was either, but I hope he go the point. Although I doubt it...

    SueAnn - There are times when I think everybody understands exactly what is going on, and they are just terrible. Then again, I'm still a bit angry.

    Penny - This book is powerful, but you shouldn't miss it; really. You can see both sides of spectrum (I love the good Christian people of these book, almost as much as I dislike the bad witchy characters). It might make you cry a bit, but it is worth the leakage ;-)

    MidnightSage - We can only hope.

    Magic Love Crow - Your exclamation points remind me of how loud I was talking last night, when discussing the issue with my Piano Man; it is just such an emotion-loaded topic!!!

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  9. Oh Magaly, I cannot imagine the agony those poor men, women, children and their animals have gone through over the years and particularly during what is referred to as the burning times. It seems as if most wars and violence are launched in the name of "god." Now really, does that make a bit of sense? You are so right. It is "an emotion-loaded topic." I could not have summed it any better myself. You are a wonderful woman and a true human being. Many blessings to you.

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  10. Magaly, I was shedding a few tears with you! It's so horrible how people can throw a stone, hate or worse, kill, someone for their beliefs. It even happens if someone looks "different" or is of a different raise from yours. I truly don't understand! Aren't we all suppose to respect each other and love one another? It's your soul that counts!!! What's inside of you!!!

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  11. I too weep over innocents lost to spite and meanness all because of beliefs! Usually done because of fear and misunderstandings. All so sad and it still goes on today. Violence done to those who's beliefs don't fit into their set of rules and regulations. So sad!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  12. It's true...whenever you think of atrocities committed in the name of whatever, it seems the sins committed against those accused of Witchcraft are always conveniently forgotten. I don't imagine a UK judge would discriminate against a parent due to religious belief in a custody hearing since we're a more secular society, and witches are often viewed with a sense of amusement (i.e. "Look at those druids, aren't they silly?!") but it says a lot that in this day and age, it would even be a consideration.

    I'll raise my glass to all the innocents lost over the years due to misunderstanding and malice.

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  13. I just posted an excerpt to this outstanding review to an article I wrote about all of Devin's books. You can see it here. http://www.squidoo.com/devin-obranagan

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    1. It is a wonderful novel. I'm super excited about the upcoming short story set in the same world ;-)

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