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January 14: A Day of Fasting and Penance (1997)

Apologizing 300 Years Late for Witch Executions: Christianity vs. Witchcraft

It was on this date, January 14, 1997, that a reenactment of a day of fasting took place in Salem, and across Massachusetts, in penance for the wrongful persecution of “witches” three centuries earlier. That is, Massachusetts held a day of fasting for wrongly persecuting witches on this date in 1697…

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Originally published January 2003 by Ronald Bruce Meyer.

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