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2011-09-19
September 19: Religious Persuasion by Torture

Giles Corey Pressed to Death (1692): Churches and Torture It was on this date, September 19, 1692, during the Salem Witch Trials in Massachusetts colony, that sentence was carried out on Giles Corey (or Choree or Cory) that he be pressed to death for witchcraft. Corey was a prosperous farmer and 80 years old – […]

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2011-01-14
January 14: Christianity and Witchcraft

Judge (Rev.) Samuel Sewall, who had presided at many trials in Salem, expressed a real fear of divine retribution, but the victims of the Salem Witch Trials would have been better off with less Jesus and more justice.

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June 13: William Butler Yeats

In opposing religion in the Irish Constitution, Yeats said, "Once you attempt legislation on religious grounds, you open the way for every kind of intolerance and religious persecution."



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