Winnipeg Sun | 24Aug2010 | Orest Slepokura

Muslim witch hunt

Re: Mosque controversy.

In his seminal essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” Richard Hofstadter described the cyclical nature of the collective hysteria that will sometimes seize a broad swath of the American body politic: “One finds here again the same frame of mind, the same conviction of a conspiracy against a way of life, but now a different villain.”

From the early 19th century on, several religious groups, today altogether mainstream, found themselves the object of such vilification by conspiracy-mongers, including the Catholics, Mormons, and Jews. Now it appears to be the turn of the Muslims.

Might Wiccans and other pagans be next to again rouse the fear and suspicion of their American neighbours, with the onset a latter-day, Salem witch-hunt hysteria sometime later in this century?

Orest Slepokura

(Except this fear was founded on terrorist attacks.)  Another Salem witch-hunt?
(Nascent orthodoxies take heat for obvious reasons.)