Woody Allen, Child Molestation, The Salem Witch Trials and Jesus
Child molestation doesn’t happen just like that, but is a disease very often passed on from the molester to the molested. There is a pathology to it and it does not occur willy nilly as if catching a cold. I’m always surprised by how readily all-forgiving Christians are willing to abandon any semblance of logic and common sense in favor of a kind of “miraculous event of evil” around these rumors even in the face of compelling exculpatory evidence that proves otherwise. Why would Dylan write about it now? Well the sad truth is it is an almost exemplary case of how myths become lies, rumors, mass hysteria and then insinuate themselves into religion, history and “fact”. We can all learn a lot from these radical departures as they show us exactly how mass-storytelling works. There is a brilliant new book out by Matt McCormick that argues there is much more evidence to support The Salem Witch Trials then there is the existence of Jesus Christ and yet one we readily accept as hysteria and the other we embrace as “proven” historical fact.