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“if we really thought that there were people going about who had sold themselves to the devil and received supernatural powers from him in return and were using these powers to kill their neighbors or drive them mad and bring bad weather – surely we would all agree that if anyone deserves the death penalty, than these filthy quislings did”
-C.S Lewis Mere Christianity p14

The Salem which trials were stopped by three priest that showed the governor of Massachusetts what they were doing was not following biblical principles on trials and evidence. The governor repented in church and called on Massachusetts for a day of fasting and prayer to overt god's judgment for what they had done. Twenty years later the state paid restitution to the families of the victims.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dybHrSi4Now

"The Salem witch trials constitute the best-known example of religiously motivated violence. However, fewer than 25 people were killed in the trials, falling far short of the ‘perhaps hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions’ (p. 207) that the late antitheist Carl Sagan wrote about. the first significant objection to reality of satanic witchcraft came from Spanish inquisners,not from scientist" 
-p 80-81 Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies by David Bentley Hart http://www.amazon.com/Atheist-Delusions-...0300164297
http://tektonics.org/qt/spaninq.html
It is easy to see the bad in others when that is what you want to see.  The puritans came from an England that had banished the True Faith.  All that was left was a man-made religion that presented only shadows of the truth, even though I'm sure 1600's Anglicanism looked very Catholic compared to much of today's Novus Ordo Catholicism.  I'm sure it was easy for them to let their superstitions get the best of them.