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* A literal one occurs in the ''Series/EmeraldCity'' episode [[Recap/EmeraldCityS1E7TheyCameFirst "They Came First"]], as the Wizard orders his Guard to round up every little girl in Emerald City in order to root out any witches among them.
10th Feb '17 9:12:40 PM Fireblood
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** Most of the "official" witch hunt (as opposed to the "unofficial" one conducted amongst the media, symbolized by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist Hollywood Blacklist]]) was carried out by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which was originally designed to root out Nazis, but switched tack after WWII to go after suspected Communists. Although its most infamous period was from 1947-1954, HUAC existed in some form for 37 years (1938-75). Incidentally, Joe [=McCarthy=] himself, being a Senator, was never a member of HUAC.
*** To this day, immigrants to the United States wishing to acquire citizenship must swear under oath that they are not and have never been a Communist. (and yes, you ''will'' be deported if they find out you lied; this also applies to anyone who worked for the Nazis)

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** Most of the "official" witch hunt (as opposed to the "unofficial" one conducted amongst the media, symbolized by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist Hollywood Blacklist]]) was carried out by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which was originally designed to root out Nazis, but switched tack after WWII to go after suspected Communists. Although its most infamous period was from 1947-1954, HUAC existed in some form for 37 years (1938-75). Incidentally, Joe [=McCarthy=] himself, being a Senator, was never a member of HUAC.
HUAC. Instead he was with the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, a similar body.
*** To this day, immigrants to the United States wishing to acquire citizenship must swear under oath that they are not and have never been a Communist. Communist (and yes, you ''will'' be deported if they find out you lied; this also applies to anyone who worked for the Nazis)Nazis).



* Similarly, in the First Red Scare of 1919-20, many anarchists and other radicals were deported from the US after a series of anarchist bombings against government officials. Even prior to this during World War Two activists and other people who opposed the war or the draft were thrown in prison on various charges that would never pass constitutional muster today.



* The fear that you could be reported-often falsely for subversive behavior by ''anyone'', including your fellow workers, and sent off to a work camp or killed was one of the keys to Stalin's power in the Soviet Union.
** Even by ''your own children'' in some cases. Kids were encouraged by the Stalinist government to report subversive behaviour within their own homes, adding another layer of fear. Several past totalitarian governments have used this.
%%*** Michelle Obama has also done something similar, telling kids to spy on their parents and grandparents to see it they were racist.%%
* The Fugitive Slave Act of [[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica the pre-Civil War period]] had Southern slavers be able to come into the North and reclaim slaves that had fled there. However, since there were plenty of free black people and not very many people cared about blacks that much, the slavers could just point a finger at a free black that had lived in the north all his life and say "That's him." It's no wonder that many Northern states passed laws greatly restricting the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act whenever and wherever they could, with some juries openly refusing to find people guilty of violating it something that pissed off Southerners to no end. Many Southern states cited the North's collective refusal to enforce the Act in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar their declarations of secession]], something at least a little ironic considering the South's supposed dedication to State's Rights.
** More specifically, the southern states were upset that the northern states had violated the Constitution (by refusing to enforce the slave-owning states' 'property rights' with regard to their slaves, the Federal government was effectively confiscating 'property' without due process). The end-result was that the southern states withdrew from the Union, called the Union out for refusing to obey its own laws, and formed its own 'Confederacy of States', triggering the Civil War when the exodus of states threatened the stability of the Union as a whole.

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* The fear that you could be reported-often falsely for falsely-for subversive behavior by ''anyone'', including your fellow workers, and sent off to a work camp or killed was one of the keys to Stalin's power in the Soviet Union.
** Even by ''your own children'' in some cases. Kids were encouraged by the Stalinist government to report subversive behaviour behavior within their own homes, adding another layer of fear. Several past totalitarian governments have used this.
%%*** Michelle Obama has also done something similar, telling kids to spy on their parents and grandparents to see it if they were racist.%%
* The Fugitive Slave Act of [[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica the pre-Civil War period]] had Southern slavers be able to come into the North and reclaim slaves that had fled there. However, since there were plenty of free black people and not very many people cared about blacks that much, the slavers could just point a finger at a free black that had lived in the north all his life and say "That's him." It's no wonder that many Northern states passed laws greatly restricting the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act whenever and wherever they could, with some juries openly refusing to find people guilty of violating it something it-something that pissed off Southerners to no end. Many Southern states cited the North's collective refusal to enforce the Act in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar their declarations of secession]], something at least a little ironic considering the South's supposed dedication to State's Rights.
** More specifically, the southern states were upset that the northern states had violated the Constitution (by refusing to enforce the slave-owning states' 'property rights' with regard to their slaves, the Federal government was effectively confiscating 'property' without due process). The end-result was that the southern states withdrew from the Union, called the Union out for refusing to obey its own laws, and formed its own 'Confederacy of States', triggering the Civil War when the exodus of states threatened the stability of the Union as a whole.
States Rights.



** This was seen during the occupation of Paris. French citizens used the Gestapo to eliminate rivals. Some people were released with a warning after interrogation, others were sent to prison camps. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Paris#Second_World_War See here.]] The same thing happened when the Reign of Terror occurred from 1793-4, with people turned in to the authorities by rivals.

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** This was seen during the occupation of Paris. French citizens used the Gestapo to eliminate rivals. Some people were released with a warning after interrogation, others were sent to prison camps. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Paris#Second_World_War See here.]] The same thing happened when the Reign of Terror occurred from 1793-4, with people turned in to the authorities by rivals.]]



* The tabloid press in Britain are particularly bad at cooking up things like this. (And by "bad", that's "very good at doing a bad thing"). The high profile given to the Amanda Knox case which turned it into a "media circus" and mostly defined the public's opinion by which side of the Atlantic they were on (and spawned numerous hate sites) is.

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* The tabloid press in Britain are particularly bad at cooking up things like this. (And this (and by "bad", that's "very good at doing a bad thing"). The high profile given to the Amanda Knox case which turned it into a "media circus" and mostly defined the public's opinion by which side of the Atlantic they were on (and spawned numerous hate sites) is.is an example of this.



* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population.

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* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population. In fact, the laws are written so broadly they can effectively be used against ''anyone'', making them a good tool for Putin's authoritarian regime generally.
6th Feb '17 10:45:28 AM Random888
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* Perhaps the most famous actual witch hunt in the Western Hemisphere was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials Salem Witch Trials,]] which took place in and around the town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Twenty people, mostly women, were executed on spurious evidence (another five died in prison); several dozen more were accused but exonerated or never brought to trial. The trial proceedings were criticized almost from the outset and were forcibly shut down in 1693. As mentioned above, ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' uses this as a backdrop to covertly criticize [=McCarthyism=].

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* Perhaps the most famous actual witch hunt in the Western Hemisphere was the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salem_witch_trials Salem Witch Trials,]] which took place in and around the town of Salem, Massachusetts in 1692. Twenty people, mostly women, were executed on spurious evidence (another five died in prison); several dozen more were accused but exonerated or never brought to trial. The trial proceedings were criticized almost from the outset and were forcibly shut down in 1693. As mentioned above, below, ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' uses this as a backdrop to covertly criticize [=McCarthyism=].
6th Feb '17 10:44:14 AM Random888
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[[folder:Real Life]]Life - Literal Witch Hunts]]



* TheFifties-era RedScare, spearheaded by Senator UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy, ruined the lives of genuine political communists and the falsely-accused alike (overwhelmingly the latter). Today in America, "[=McCarthyism=]" is synonymous with political fear-mongering.
** Most of the "official" witch hunt (as opposed to the "unofficial" one conducted amongst the media, symbolized by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist Hollywood Blacklist]]) was carried out by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which was originally designed to root out Nazis, but switched tack after WWII to go after suspected Communists. Although its most infamous period was from 1947-1954, HUAC existed in some form for 37 years (1938-75). Incidentally, Joe [=McCarthy=] himself, being a Senator, was never a member of HUAC.
*** To this day, immigrants to the United States wishing to acquire citizenship must swear under oath that they are not and have never been a Communist. (and yes, you ''will'' be deported if they find out you lied; this also applies to anyone who worked for the Nazis)
** Interestingly, this was such a Witch Hunt that the aforementioned play ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' was written in response to and as an allegory of [=McCarthyism=]. Arthur Miller himself would be thrown in prison for refusing to cooperate with HUAC.
* While Senator [=McCarthy=] is definitely a central figure in the Red Scare, he didn't ''start'' it. The Soviets were the ''allies'' of the US in WWII, but that doesn't mean they were ''friends''. In the early 1940s Robert Oppenheimer (inadvertently) started a witch hunt among the employees of the Manhattan Project by telling his higher-ups that a scientist on the project had been approached by a Soviet agent for information. [[spoiler: One had, sort of: Oppenheimer himself. Oppenheimer, who had technically been a "communist" in college, didn't want to jeopardize his position, and his fumbling attempts to cover up who exactly had been approached, and by whom, led investigators to conclude the problem was much more serious and pervasive than it actually was. In the end one of Oppenheimer's close friends lost his (non-Manhattan Project) job over it and found himself unemployable in the US for years, because he had happened to mention that an acquaintance had asked him to speak with Oppenheimer about an "informal" information transfer to the Soviets (this was immediately rebuffed, and no more was said about it, but Oppenheimer was eventually pressured into revealing the conversation).]]



* The Landlord Purges during the rise of Maoist China.
* The fear that you could be reported-often falsely for subversive behavior by ''anyone'', including your fellow workers, and sent off to a work camp or killed was one of the keys to Stalin's power in the Soviet Union.
** Even by ''your own children'' in some cases. Kids were encouraged by the Stalinist government to report subversive behaviour within their own homes, adding another layer of fear. Several past totalitarian governments have used this.
%%*** Michelle Obama has also done something similar, telling kids to spy on their parents and grandparents to see it they were racist.%%
* The Fugitive Slave Act of [[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica the pre-Civil War period]] had Southern slavers be able to come into the North and reclaim slaves that had fled there. However, since there were plenty of free black people and not very many people cared about blacks that much, the slavers could just point a finger at a free black that had lived in the north all his life and say "That's him." It's no wonder that many Northern states passed laws greatly restricting the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act whenever and wherever they could, with some juries openly refusing to find people guilty of violating it something that pissed off Southerners to no end. Many Southern states cited the North's collective refusal to enforce the Act in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar their declarations of secession]], something at least a little ironic considering the South's supposed dedication to State's Rights.
** More specifically, the southern states were upset that the northern states had violated the Constitution (by refusing to enforce the slave-owning states' 'property rights' with regard to their slaves, the Federal government was effectively confiscating 'property' without due process). The end-result was that the southern states withdrew from the Union, called the Union out for refusing to obey its own laws, and formed its own 'Confederacy of States', triggering the Civil War when the exodus of states threatened the stability of the Union as a whole.



* It used to be said that the Gestapo had a spy on every corner looking for anyone who might be a threat to the Reich. Actually, the civilians would use the Gestapo to settle old scores.
** This was seen during the occupation of Paris. French citizens used the Gestapo to eliminate rivals. Some people were released with a warning after interrogation, others were sent to prison camps. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Paris#Second_World_War See here.]] The same thing happened when the Reign of Terror occurred from 1793-4, with people turned in to the authorities by rivals.



* A modern one is the outgrowth of the PaedoHunt obsession, especially in the United States. Anyone even accused will be instantly convicted in public opinion and their life ruined forever, even if they are completely exonerated or never actually charged with anything. In many parts of America it's risky for a man to appear in public with his daughter, much less exchange words with a child not his own.
* The tabloid press in Britain are particularly bad at cooking up things like this. (And by "bad", that's "very good at doing a bad thing"). The high profile given to the Amanda Knox case which turned it into a "media circus" and mostly defined the public's opinion by which side of the Atlantic they were on (and spawned numerous hate sites) is.
* The Reign of Terror was this. Rabid French revolutionaries sought to weed out internal enemies and advance the revolution. Led by Maximillion Robespierre and George Danton, they executed real (and perceived) enemies of the revolution. Danton was accused of such crimes by Robespierre and beheaded. Eventually, Robespierre was killed by the guillotine for his crimes after ''he'' was accused of being an enemy to France.
* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population.


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* TheFifties-era RedScare, spearheaded by Senator UsefulNotes/JosephMcCarthy, ruined the lives of genuine political communists and the falsely-accused alike (overwhelmingly the latter). Today in America, "[=McCarthyism=]" is synonymous with political fear-mongering.
** Most of the "official" witch hunt (as opposed to the "unofficial" one conducted amongst the media, symbolized by the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollywood_blacklist Hollywood Blacklist]]) was carried out by the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), which was originally designed to root out Nazis, but switched tack after WWII to go after suspected Communists. Although its most infamous period was from 1947-1954, HUAC existed in some form for 37 years (1938-75). Incidentally, Joe [=McCarthy=] himself, being a Senator, was never a member of HUAC.
*** To this day, immigrants to the United States wishing to acquire citizenship must swear under oath that they are not and have never been a Communist. (and yes, you ''will'' be deported if they find out you lied; this also applies to anyone who worked for the Nazis)
** Interestingly, this was such a Witch Hunt that the aforementioned play ''Theatre/TheCrucible'' was written in response to and as an allegory of [=McCarthyism=]. Arthur Miller himself would be thrown in prison for refusing to cooperate with HUAC.
* While Senator [=McCarthy=] is definitely a central figure in the Red Scare, he didn't ''start'' it. The Soviets were the ''allies'' of the US in WWII, but that doesn't mean they were ''friends''. In the early 1940s Robert Oppenheimer (inadvertently) started a witch hunt among the employees of the Manhattan Project by telling his higher-ups that a scientist on the project had been approached by a Soviet agent for information. [[spoiler: One had, sort of: Oppenheimer himself. Oppenheimer, who had technically been a "communist" in college, didn't want to jeopardize his position, and his fumbling attempts to cover up who exactly had been approached, and by whom, led investigators to conclude the problem was much more serious and pervasive than it actually was. In the end one of Oppenheimer's close friends lost his (non-Manhattan Project) job over it and found himself unemployable in the US for years, because he had happened to mention that an acquaintance had asked him to speak with Oppenheimer about an "informal" information transfer to the Soviets (this was immediately rebuffed, and no more was said about it, but Oppenheimer was eventually pressured into revealing the conversation).]]
* The Landlord Purges during the rise of Maoist China.
* The fear that you could be reported-often falsely for subversive behavior by ''anyone'', including your fellow workers, and sent off to a work camp or killed was one of the keys to Stalin's power in the Soviet Union.
** Even by ''your own children'' in some cases. Kids were encouraged by the Stalinist government to report subversive behaviour within their own homes, adding another layer of fear. Several past totalitarian governments have used this.
%%*** Michelle Obama has also done something similar, telling kids to spy on their parents and grandparents to see it they were racist.%%
* The Fugitive Slave Act of [[UsefulNotes/AntebellumAmerica the pre-Civil War period]] had Southern slavers be able to come into the North and reclaim slaves that had fled there. However, since there were plenty of free black people and not very many people cared about blacks that much, the slavers could just point a finger at a free black that had lived in the north all his life and say "That's him." It's no wonder that many Northern states passed laws greatly restricting the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act whenever and wherever they could, with some juries openly refusing to find people guilty of violating it something that pissed off Southerners to no end. Many Southern states cited the North's collective refusal to enforce the Act in [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar their declarations of secession]], something at least a little ironic considering the South's supposed dedication to State's Rights.
** More specifically, the southern states were upset that the northern states had violated the Constitution (by refusing to enforce the slave-owning states' 'property rights' with regard to their slaves, the Federal government was effectively confiscating 'property' without due process). The end-result was that the southern states withdrew from the Union, called the Union out for refusing to obey its own laws, and formed its own 'Confederacy of States', triggering the Civil War when the exodus of states threatened the stability of the Union as a whole.
* It used to be said that the Gestapo had a spy on every corner looking for anyone who might be a threat to the Reich. Actually, the civilians would use the Gestapo to settle old scores.
** This was seen during the occupation of Paris. French citizens used the Gestapo to eliminate rivals. Some people were released with a warning after interrogation, others were sent to prison camps. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Paris#Second_World_War See here.]] The same thing happened when the Reign of Terror occurred from 1793-4, with people turned in to the authorities by rivals.
* A modern one is the outgrowth of the PaedoHunt obsession, especially in the United States. Anyone even accused will be instantly convicted in public opinion and their life ruined forever, even if they are completely exonerated or never actually charged with anything. In many parts of America it's risky for a man to appear in public with his daughter, much less exchange words with a child not his own.
* The tabloid press in Britain are particularly bad at cooking up things like this. (And by "bad", that's "very good at doing a bad thing"). The high profile given to the Amanda Knox case which turned it into a "media circus" and mostly defined the public's opinion by which side of the Atlantic they were on (and spawned numerous hate sites) is.
* The Reign of Terror was this. Rabid French revolutionaries sought to weed out internal enemies and advance the revolution. Led by Maximillion Robespierre and George Danton, they executed real (and perceived) enemies of the revolution. Danton was accused of such crimes by Robespierre and beheaded. Eventually, Robespierre was killed by the guillotine for his crimes after ''he'' was accused of being an enemy to France.
* Many Western governments, politicians, and commentators criticize Russia's current plan of legislating bills which would criminalize the spread of "ideals and propaganda that encourages homosexuality" in the country as an excuse for the government to carry out massive witch hunts to root out the country's LGBT population.
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4th Feb '17 2:07:54 PM Random888
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** In UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia, the religious police investigate people for practicing "witchcraft and sorcery". If found guilty, your punishment is death by beheading.

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** In present-day UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia, the religious police investigate people for for, among other things, practicing "witchcraft and sorcery". If found guilty, your punishment is death by beheading.
4th Feb '17 2:05:57 PM Random888
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** In UsefulNotes/SaudiArabia, the religious police investigate people for practicing "witchcraft and sorcery". If found guilty, your punishment is death by beheading.
22nd Jan '17 9:58:30 AM StarSword
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* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode, "Suspicion," a series of frequent Wraith attacks during expeditions leads the Stargate team to suspect there is an informant to the Wraith among the Athosians living in the city. What follows is what the Athosians would consider a witch hunt with access restrictions and security interviews by the Terrans and they request to move out the moment when land is discovered on the planet. It turns out that there was no spy, Teyla was wearing a Wraith homing beacon that Commander Shepard inadvertently activated when he found it and gave it to her.

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* In the ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' episode, "Suspicion," a series of frequent Wraith attacks during expeditions leads the Stargate team to suspect there is an informant to the Wraith among the Athosians living in the city. What follows is what the Athosians would consider a witch hunt with access restrictions and security interviews by the Terrans and they request to move out the moment when land is discovered on the planet. It turns out that there was no spy, spy: Teyla was wearing a Wraith homing beacon that Commander Shepard inadvertently activated when he found it and gave it to her.


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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Quincy}}'' a janitor dies in a fire, and the business owner is put on trial for insurance fraud because the details don't add up. The prosecutor brings up a familial connection between him and TheMafia, though the defendant insists he has nothing to do with the mob and has spent his whole career avoiding them; when the first grand jury refuses to indict, he sets up a second one. Quincy accuses the prosecutor of running a KangarooCourt and is able to prove the fire was accidental (the janitor's cleaning chemicals leaked onto a radiator).
22nd Jan '17 9:47:13 AM StarSword
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* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', the military leaders chose not to reveal the existence of human-shaped Cylons for fear of having a Witch Hunt on their hands ("People would accuse their neighbors for not brushing their teeth). When they (later) finally decided to let the cat out of the bag, they set up an "independent tribunal" to initially root out the Cylon infiltrators, but it devolved into an inquisition trying to pin the blame on whoever they could. Adama shown how different he is than Picard; he did not outwit the [[KnightTemplar chief investigator]], he ''out-leadershiped'' her by [[CrowningMomentofAwesome having her security detail arrest her]].

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* In ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'', the ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
** The
military leaders chose not to reveal the existence of human-shaped Cylons for fear of having a Witch Hunt on their hands ("People would accuse their neighbors for not brushing their teeth). When they (later) finally decided to let the cat out of the bag, they set up an "independent tribunal" to initially root out the Cylon infiltrators, but it devolved into an inquisition trying to pin the blame on whoever they could. Adama shown showed how different he is than Picard; he did not outwit the [[KnightTemplar chief investigator]], he ''out-leadershiped'' her by [[CrowningMomentofAwesome having her security detail arrest her]].her]].
** In "[[Recap/BattlestarGalactica2003S03E05Collaborators Collaborators]]", [[spoiler:Tom Zarek]] set up a secret KangarooCourt to try and execute Cylon collaborators specifically to ''avoid'' a public witch hunt and keep President Roslin from having to spend the rest of her term signing death warrants, but given the members of the group were all part of LaResistance it devolved into one anyway: Sam Anders quits when it becomes clear to him that the others are spacing people based on emotions rather than facts. [[spoiler:After the group comes clean when they nearly kill the Resistance's own mole in the Baltar Administration, Roslin issues a fleetwide pardon and sets up a truth and reconciliation commission instead.]]



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfryvE8sIo4 "The Dead Can't Testify"]] by BillyTalent is about a suspect hanged for being different, possibly for being an athiest.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfryvE8sIo4 "The Dead Can't Testify"]] by BillyTalent is about a suspect hanged for being different, possibly for being an athiest.atheist.



--> ''He's filling my girl with propaganda''
--> ''And I'm scared she will meander''
--> ''Don't want to take a chance that he'll land her''
--> ''Get that communist, Joe''

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--> ''He's filling my girl with propaganda''
-->
propaganda''\\
''And I'm scared she will meander''
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meander''\\
''Don't want to take a chance that he'll land her''
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her''\\
''Get that communist, Joe''



* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'': In the CrapsackWorld continent of TheWitcher there were several officially mandated pogroms against non-humans such as elves and dwarves. In addition, there is Abigail who is a witch living in a village in the Outskirts. Despite buying her herbs and potions, this doesn't stop the villagers from forming an angry mob under the local priest and trying to lynch her. The protagonist can either save her so she leaves the village for good or let her die.
** Ironically, playing the game twice (killing the priest in one and the witch in the other) reveals that this is a witch hunt for BOTH accused and accuser. [[spoiler:The entire town, as Geralt puts it, is a WretchedHive pretending to be better than they are and lashing out at any scapegoats that they can, worsening their problems through sheer ignorance and denial of their crimes. On the other hand, Abigail is a full-fledged cultist who decided to get revenge on the town after they killed her dog for kicks, but her reanimated dog got out of control and killed ONLY the weak/innocent.]]

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* ''VideoGame/TheWitcher'': In the CrapsackWorld continent of TheWitcher ''Franchise/TheWitcher'' there were several officially mandated pogroms against non-humans such as elves and dwarves. In addition, there is Abigail who is a witch living in a village in the Outskirts. Despite buying her herbs and potions, this doesn't stop the villagers from forming an angry mob under the local priest and trying to lynch her. The protagonist can either save her so she leaves the village for good or let her die.
**
die. Ironically, playing the game twice (killing the priest in one and the witch in the other) reveals that this is a witch hunt for BOTH accused and accuser. [[spoiler:The entire town, as Geralt puts it, is a WretchedHive pretending to be better than they are and lashing out at any scapegoats that they can, worsening their problems through sheer ignorance and denial of their crimes. On the other hand, Abigail is a full-fledged cultist who decided to get revenge on the town after they killed her dog for kicks, but her reanimated dog got out of control and killed ONLY the weak/innocent.]]
27th Nov '16 1:34:55 PM eroock
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* This time is the setting for ''Film/SweetSmellOfSuccess'', in which a KnightTemplarBigBrother news mogul completely ruins his little sister's boyfriend's life by accusing him of being a Communist.
25th Oct '16 12:12:42 AM NondescriptLarva
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** More specifically, the southern states were upset that the northern states had violated the Constitution (by refusing to enforce the slave-owning states' 'property rights' with regard to their slaves, the Federal government was effectively confiscating 'property' without due process). The end-result was that the southern states withdrew from the Union, called the Union out for refusing to obey its own laws, and formed its own 'Confederacy of States', triggering the Civil War when the exodus of states threatened the stability of the Union as a whole.
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