"A person is either with this court or he must be against it, there be no road in between." why might counted the court feel so threatened? What is the danger of this line of thinking?
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The court needs people to believe in witches. The idea that witches are floating around doing the Devil's work validates the court's very existence. The court can then proclaim that the righteous must side with the court. This is the way people like Deputy Governor Danforth can hold power and authority over others. Of course this type of thinking leads to people following an unjust cause because they are afraid and brainwashed. This has happened throughout history like with the Nazis in WW2 or even with governments closer to home.