You may remember the Facebook page, "Witches must die by fire," that was taken down last week due to its violent nature and continued hate speech against Pagans, witches, and non-Christians. "Witches must die by fire" had been up since April and it would seem that the huge number of reports to Facebook and the fact that this was the second page of the same nature and by the same person, that they would take it down quickly. To the shock and dismay of many Pagans and non-Pagan witches, the page is back up again. This makes a third page of the same violent and religious hate nature by the same person.
The new version of the "Witches must die by fire" page is called "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Although "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" doesn't have that same threatening ring to it, it is really just a quote from the Old Testament that means that witches should be killed. This being the third page by the same creator and with the same photo's and content leaves you to wonder, what's going on Facebook? Why are you allowing this to happen again and by the same person? Shouldn't the creator of this page be blocked from creating another page? If they have multiple Facebook profiles (which is possible and likely) then how about blocking their IP address? In allowing a page like "Witches must die by fire" or the new version "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" many Pagans see this as Facebook supporting religious hate and intolerance.
As some of you might be wondering how it is known that this is being done by the same creator we can start with the content of the page and the photos that are being used as they are the same as the "Witches must die by fire" page. Not enough proof for you? The creator of the new "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" page posted last night and said "I am back in business!! In Jesus name!!" and an hour later said "Beware of witches!!" Currently the page has a mere 59 likes but that is a huge spike after being back up for less than 24 hours.
This page has been taken down before, if the Pagan community bands together again it can be removed again. Once you report the page you will get a response back that will likely say that they are not being removed and haven't violated the terms of Facebook's agreements. However, it will give you an option to fill out a little survey, be sure to do the survey as it will give you the option to leave more of a comment about why you think their decision to leave it up is wrong. When you get to that comment box you can tell them that this is the third page of the same nature and that the last version that was taken down on August 22, 2013 was called "Witches must die by fire" and that the new version being called "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live" is more or less an identical page supporting violence and religious hate. Maybe this time it will not take four months to have the page removed and maybe it will be permanent this time.
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