The Crucible

Lines 417–423: What does Parris hope to achieve by stating that all “innocent and Christian” people are happy for the courts in Salem?

Parris: All innocent and Christian people are happy for the courts in Salem! These people are gloomy for it. To Danforth directly: And I think you will want to know, from each and every one of them, what discontents them with you!

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Parris hides behind religion in order to get at his perceived enemies. He uses the witch court to get at his enemies. This is why he supports the court.