by John Yeo
We always paid rapt attention when the elderly lady entered the room. A very distinguished-looking person, she generated a certain aura of mystique. The flowing floral dress and the look of her off-beat fashions were a distinct example of the old cliche! "Never judge a book by the cover." Her time-worn almost time-ravaged looks, were a clue to the well-lived life that had gone before, and the wealth of experiences that together had moulded this very wise woman's outlook on life.
Maria Salome-Smith was a lady who professed to be a leader of a coven and gave her occupation as a white witch. Devoted to helping as many people in her community, Maria was a healer and a mystic. Using many of the half-forgotten herbal remedies that had been passed down through the centuries, she was responsible for curing many very sick people. This made many of the hard intolerant members of the clergy in the local Orthodox Church very uneasy indeed.
No-one knows exactly who made the decision to arrest her, or how it came to be carried out. After several days of intense very cruel torturous questioning, her persecutors were unable to break her very strong spirit. It was decided to drag her to court regardless and to try her for the trumped-up charges of evil witchcraft bringing premature death to a member of the ruling gentry.
There was an instant hush as Maria entered the courtroom and a gasp of horror at her unkempt appearance, her head had been shaved and the long distinguished looking grey locks of hair were gone.
"How do you plead? Guilty or Not Guilty?" Enquired the honourable lady Judge.
Maria's piercing steel-blue eyes regarded the Judge, as she proudly responded, "Not Guilty!"
There was a hush before the trial commenced and several people were brought to tears and there were shouts from the public gallery.
"Innocent! Release her! She is innocent!
"Silence in Court please!" was a stern rebuke from the bench.
The trial commenced after one very emotional lady was removed from the courtroom.
After several days of hearing from a succession of very biased witnesses desperately trying to justify a very obvious set of trumped up charges, the honourable Lady Judge threw the case out of court and rebuked the accusers severely for wasting time and public money.
There was a silence in the courtroom as contrary to all previous examples of so-called justice, Maria Salome-Smith was allowed to respond.
"I thank-you for your wisdom, and I would like to say on behalf of all my innocent sisters who have been wrongly accused and died, for following the Feelosophy and state that there is an underlying body of sacred knowledge that is misunderstood and ignored. Difference in points of learning should be revered, and the accepted hard Philosophy of life and our Feelosophy should be merged into one whole body of knowledge that should be allowed to grow. Only the bigoted would attempt to wipe out the good by killing. There will never be growth if we stand still. Use the good, Feelosophy to follow your ancient instincts and live well. Thank- you!"
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