In Defense of Witch Trials
"Child sacrifice has risen because people have become lovers of money," Pastor Peter Sewakiryanga Kyampisi Childcare Ministries church is quoted as saying. "They have a belief that when you sacrifice a child you get wealth, and there are people who are willing to buy these children for a price," says the clergyman. "So they have become a commodity of exchange, child sacrifice has become a commercial business."
Leaving aside the fact that in our modern, advanced, enlightened Western world, child sacrifice also has risen because people have become lovers of money and has become a commercial business, one can't help but think back to the Witches' Sabbaths of early modern Europe and America, at which contemporaries reported that "human flesh was eaten... preferably children."
Returning to contemporary Africa, the article says, "The ritual... was almost unheard of in the country until about three years ago, but it has re-emerged, seemingly alongside a boom in the country's economy." If it was almost unheard of but re-emerged, it must at some point have been heard of.
Likewise, Witchcraft was almost unheard of during the Age of Faith, when our Europe was firmly in the care of Holy Mother Church. It had been known in the pre-Christian times that Wicca wants to reanimate, and only re-emerged with the upheavals resulting from the Protestant Reformation.
Popular opinion, as shaped by fools like Dan Brown, is quite confused about this era in our history. Inaccuracies in The Da Vinci Code include the baseless assertion "that the Church burned at the stake five million women" as witches. History tells us that at most a twentieth of this number were executed in this manner for this same crime, that among them men were included, and that it was not The Church but several ecclesial communions and civil bodies that carried out these executions.
But all this, however true, is utterly beside the point. Few would argue that child sacrifice is a crime undeserving of harsh punishment. If modern-day Ugandans would have good cause to try and execute witches, why not our own ancestors? We owe them at the very least the benefit of the doubt.