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Is there anything in the Bible or other ancient texts that downgrade redheads? Redheads have suffered a fair bit of persecution over the centuries and still can today in various parts of the world.

So what is the basis. I read of Lilith who was supposedly a redhead, to ancient Egyptians who sacrificed redheads, the middle age puritans who burned them at the stake, artists who portrayed Judas with red hair, the French, et cetera, et cetera.

I did once read somewhere that some Bible theorists actually came to the conclusion that Jesus may have had red curly hair...

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So in your mind if persecution exists against some group, it must be because those crazy Christians read something bad about the group somewhere in the Bible? –  The Preacher Mar 19 '14 at 3:35
On the contary, I know that Christians will generally be the most persucted ones. However as you may know there has been all kinds of negative attention given to redheads over the last few years, 'gingers have no souls', 'kick a giner day', in the UK and many other countries it's been bad for many many years, in the US is was actually not that big an issue until South Park made it so, so after some research, there seem to be connections between Christians(or so called Christians) and the persecution of redheads. Maybe it's all lies. –  user3333072 Mar 19 '14 at 22:00
This question appears to be off-topic because it is is not about Christianity. History.SE might be a better place to ask about the historical persecution of redheads. –  Flimzy Jul 19 '14 at 1:34
I don't know if this question can be taken seriously. I think I would first request proof of redhead persecution. I know you commented, but a link is proof that we can work from. –  fredsbend Jul 19 '14 at 3:58
This question appears to be off-topic because it hasn't proven that redheads are actually persecuted. –  fredsbend Jul 19 '14 at 3:58

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Negative impressions about red haired people have been around for a very long time in one form or another. It's not a uniquely Christian phenomenon. There is certainly no Biblical basis for such beliefs.

There is some evidence that, during the Medieval period in Europe, red hair was sometimes seen as a sign that the person was a witch or a vampire, but as far as I know, that was never an official doctrine of the Church.

There are people who claim that, during the Spanish Inquisition, red haired people were targeted because their hair color indicated that they were in some way evil. If that were true, that would certainly come closer to an official position on the matter. However, it seems likely, that the real reason why red haired people were considered more suspicious was because it indicated potential Jewish-heredity.

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Any resources you can refer to? –  svidgen Mar 18 '14 at 14:01
@svidgen Unfortunately, not really. I've been looking around and have found all sorts of unsubstantiated reports of red headed people being targeted in witch hunts and the Spanish Inquisition, but I cannot find any primary sources or even scholarly sources, for that matter, which only further proves my point. If it really did happen at all, the Spanish Inquisition would be the closest thing to an official Church policy of any sort, and that seems tenuous and unsubstantiated at best. In other words, there is no Christian reason for believing red hair is evil. –  Steven Doggart Mar 18 '14 at 16:17

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