Who Won the Week — 12/26/2021

The idea behind Who Won the Week is to give you the opportunity to select who (or what) you think “won” this past week. Your selection can be anyone or anything — politicians, celebrities, athletes, authors, bloggers, your friends or family members, books, movies, TV shows, businesses, organizations, whatever.

I will be posting this prompt on Sunday mornings (my time). If you want to participate, write your own post designating who you think won the week and why you think they deserve your nod. Then link back to this post and tag you post with FWWTW.

This week’s Who Won the Week winners are Dead Scottish Witches. Before the Scottish Witchcraft Act was repealed 300 years ago, an estimated 3,873 Scottish people were put on trial for practicing witchcraft, 84% of whom were women. Two-thirds of them, 2,148 women and 410 men, were found guilty of supernatural crimes and were usually strangled to death then were burned at the stake so as to leave no body to bury. Fun times, huh?

To put that into perspective, in the infamous Salem witch trials in Massachusetts, 300 people were accused and 19 people were executed.

The literal witch-hunt in Scotland ran from 1563, when the Witchcraft Act was enacted, until 1736, when it was finally repealed. An advocate group, Witches of Scotland, ran a two-year campaign aiming for posthumous pardons and their bill looks like it will finally come to pass in the Scottish parliament. The move follows a precedent by the Massachusetts House of Representatives in the U.S. that proclaimed the victims of the Salem witch trials innocent in 2001.

So to all of those thousands of executed Scottish witches, congratulations, you’ve been pardoned. Sure, it may be a little late, but at least it’s something.

What about you? Who (or what) do you think won the week?

10 thoughts on “Who Won the Week — 12/26/2021

  1. RuthScribbles December 26, 2021 / 10:52 am

    ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
    My 9th great grandmother was killed in Salem witch trials. Rebecca Nurse. I did not know that they had been pardoned!

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  2. Marilyn Armstrong December 26, 2021 / 11:07 am

    Santa Claus. It was a lot of ass-hauling around the world in an uncovered sleigh in the cold and heat, summer and winter. Poor guy! It’ll take him another year to recover.

    Give that man a snifter of cognac.

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  3. Marleen December 26, 2021 / 11:46 am

    I wonder if Chris and the mayor, Cuomo, have the same publisher. Chris Cuomo’s book has been cancelled, on moral grounds, and Andrew is being told he should give up his memoir profits.

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  4. donmatthewspoetry December 26, 2021 / 9:43 pm

    The black one with cat I see flying around on a broomstick. Where does she fit into all of this?

    Liked by 1 person

    • Fandango December 26, 2021 / 10:26 pm

      Maybe she’s looking for a pardon.

      Like

      • donmatthewspoetry December 26, 2021 / 10:34 pm

        I think she needs to recalibrate her GPS. She’s going the wrong way for Scotland. Unless pardons are done online now? I can’t keep up with all this technology Fan…..

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