As many in the Pagan community nation wide have already heard there is a Facebook page out there called "Witches must die by fire." The page joined Facebook in April of this year currently "Witches must die by fire" only has 336 likes. However, this page has caused a huge stir in the Pagan community with it's violent statements about killing those that are not of Christian beliefs, specifically Pagans.
The issue with the "Witches must die by fire" Facebook page has become so large that CNN iReport has become involved and was able to verify that hundreds of people have reported the "Witches must die by fire" page for its violent and hate content. Yet, the page remains. According to CNN, it takes less than a minute to get a response from Facebook once you have reported "Witches must die by fire" and each response says that the page has not broken any of their rules. You might think that hundreds of complaints might cause Facebook to look into the matter. Apparently not. CNN's iReport titled their article on this page "Facebook Supports Religious Discrimination" and for many Pagan's and non-Pagan witches, Facebook's lack of action is an action supporting religious discrimination.
Looking for a first hand thought on Facebook's "Witches must die by fire" a long time Pagan was asked to take a look at the page and give us her thoughts. Shadows said "in just looking at the page for a moment you can tell that it's being run by an uneducated person who is not only violent and hateful to Pagans and other religions but also their own. In multiple occasions the writer fails to capitalize the word 'Christian,' personally, I find it disrespectful to not capitalize the name of my religion. Also, the page seems to be filled with email’s and responses that are being reposted and these emails that the page says that they have received appear to be fake to me. I tried to search for some of the names that are used and they don’t seem to actually exist. The fact that Facebook is allowing ‘Witches must die by fire’ to continue to exist is highly disturbing since the page is clearly about hate and violence toward a specific group.”
It is very interesting that Facebook would allow the "Witches must die by fire" page to go on like this with hundreds of reports against it. The entire page is built on hate and clear misunderstandings about what Paganism is and what witchcraft and spells actually are. As one person pointed out to the page writer “A spell is a prayer, your Christian, so you pray right?” There was no response from the page to that comment. These types of misunderstandings cause huge issues and all though the page only has 336 like as of this morning, it is getting world wide attention.
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