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No Crueler Tyrannies: Accusation, False Witness, and Other Terrors of Our Times (Wall Street Journal Book) Paperback – March 2, 2004
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The author strongly suggests that the citizens of Massachusetts should feel a particular sense of shame.Read more ›
The parellels between this episode and the Salem Witchcraft hysteria are sickening considering how we should have learned from that experience: Child Witnesses; zero corroborating physical evidence, financial gain for the accusers at the expense of the accused. Sadly the one parellel that does not exist is that within several years the Salem accusers and prosecuters admitted they were wrong and asked the forgiveness of those they had accused and ruined. Harsbarger, O'Reilly and the others have yet to do that and persist in torturing what's left of the Amiraults everytime they attempt to make the world recognize their innocence. I guess Harshbarger's Harvard experience must have inbued him with the same elite arrogance that Cotton Mather (Witchcraft judges' advisor) must have picked up there 350 years ago! Mather ended up being spit upon on the streets of Boston and reviled by history once the Salem hysteria subsided. Harshbarger and the others deserve a worse fate. People should know better by now!
I believe this is an important book, a permanent record of truly heinous prosecutorial misconduct. It could have been more, however, and I hope that the rest of this story will eventually be told.
Rabinowitz has to claim early on in her book things that are so obvious that it hurts to read them. *Of course* child molestation is a horrific crime which merits society's strongest possible response. That does not, however, mean that every accusation is true, and that normal stadards of evidence and logic can be discarded if the charge is sufficiently evil.
The cases that Rabinowitz recounts are not just of innocent people convicted of crimes they didn't commit. Her stories are about innocent people convicted of crimes that weren't commited by *anyone*. The only child molesters in these stories are the "helping professionals" who have psychologically maimed children by brainwashing them into believing that they were sexually violated.
I give Rabinowitz credit for her determination. I have quibbles with her writing style, but her work is a powerful resource.
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This should be required reading in every school and every CHURCH in America. It is an illustration of what it is like to live in a Nation run by a Nazi mentality. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kat Lady
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There is no finer non-fiction writer than Dorothy Rabinowitz. Her economy of style, her ability to distill complex arguments and her quiet rage bring these incredibly unjust... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jeremy Hall-Smith
This has reached almost epidemic status! If a child says it (or is programmed to say it), in court, the jury believes it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by D. Van Houten
This book may make you angry at the injustice system in this country. Basically, this is an ongoing story of the modern day witch hunt occurring in this country. Read morePublished on July 12, 2014 by James L. Hawes
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