Burned at the Stake

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Burned at the Stake (movie)

(religion, spiritualism, and occult)

Also known as The Coming for a CBS Late Night Movie in 1988, Burned at the Stake was originally a 1981 movie. It was directed by Bert I. Gordon and starred Susan Swift (in a dual role), Albert Salmi, and Guy Stockwell. It is set in modern-day Salem, Massachusetts. There, the ghost of a witch insinuates her spirit into the body of her modern-day descendant. This occurs because the spirits of those witches hanged in Salem in 1692 are supposedly trying to gain revenge for their fates.

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References in classic literature ?
They're like those Christians that used to be burned at the stake or boiled in oil.
For all they cared it might have been me, instead of my effigy, which these rascals burned at the stake. Surely you are not going.
The Jesuits were quite balked by those Indians who, being burned at the stake, suggested new modes of torture to their tormentors.
1431: Joan of Arc, French peasant girl who became a national heroine, was burned at the stake in Rouen for heresy.
Donald Trump is lucky the PC brigade didn't demand he be burned at the stake for daring to suggest that in Muslim areas of London and Birmingham police feel threatened, claims supported by policemen on social media.
Presented in chronological order, they include events from all eras of history and around the world, such as the acquittal of Joan of Arc of heresy after she had already been burned at the stake, investor Ronald Wayne's decision to sell his stake in Apple before it became a billion-dollar company, Napoleon's retreat from Moscow in 1812, and Pete Best's firing from the Beatles.
"Anyone deemed to have offended political correctness in the tiniest degree can be hounded out of their job, vilified, denounced and (professionally) burned at the stake" - Author Frederick Forsyth.
Today Devil worship is not illegal - we've come a long way from centuries when heretics (people disputing standard religion) were burned at the stake.
"For 200 years, Jews were tortured within the palace's walls, and many were then burned at the stake by the Inquisition for secretly practicing Judaism."
An Anglican priest and one of the founders of the Tyndale Society in 1995, Werrell follows his first book The Theology of William Tyndale (2006, James Clarke & Co.) with an account of Tyndale's (1494-1536) life and what led him to the fully Reformed theology that informed his English translation of the Bible and for which he was burned at the stake. His topics include Lollardy, Trevisa, the Church Fathers, and Tyndale; Erasmus and humanism, the blood of Christ, creation, The Fall, and man's slavery, the Christian life, and the church and state.
| 1536: William Tyndale, English religious reformer and translator of the Bible, was burned at the stake as a heretic in Brussels.
Ward-Allen a professional ventriloquist since 1948 had a polished presentation, firstly giving a potted history of ventriloquism through the ages, from the time of ancient Egyptians through African witch doctors to the Middle Ages when anyone suspected of practising the art could be burned at the stake, and to more modern times.