Girl spanked to death in the name of God - The Horrors of Religion

I am posting this as a blog because I wanted to write a comment about the video.

The story in the video is about those in the fundamentalist movement who take the bible literally when it says you should beat a child. The book that is referenced in the video goes into detail on how this should be done. As a father I am sickened by this. 

There have been a couple posts recently on how atheists should be respectful of religion and let people do what they want as long as they keep it to themselves. As long as it doesn't affect us.  These people did just that. They beat their children, according to the bible, in the privacy of their own home. It didn't affect me right?

This is why I fight. This is why I am vocal. This is why I have a disgust for religion. This is why we need to stand up and speak out. Because, the little girl who died could not speak up for herself. This behavior is in-humane and whether you are on the fringe like this family or just refer to the bible now and then when looking for excuses on how to behave, to me they are all equally accountable for the death of that child.



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Comment by Wayne Walker on January 2, 2013 at 11:11pm

I am not an atheist.  I am an anti-theist.  A proud anti-theist.

"Godly" is just another world for "evil"  They are indistinguishable.

"...atheists should be respectful of religion..." NO!  If we give the the benefit of "innocent until someone dies" ...

THEN AN INNOCENT DIES!!!  And the guilty get away with "my religion says I was right"

Comment by Dr. Bob on April 7, 2014 at 12:30pm

This is awful.  We'd all agree.

At the risk of provoking the usual emotional responses, let me ask the question:  Is blaming religion really rational?  Can we honestly say that it is the cause?

The people who promoted human eugenics in the early 20th century, who passed laws for the forced sterilization of the poor, or the mentally handicapped often drew from and cited Darwin. 

They were reprehensible.  Their practices needed to be opposed with vigor.   It wasn't good science.   But that does not mean that Darwin was wrong, or even bad.

These parents are reprehensible.  Their practices need to be opposed with vigor.  It's not good/accurate religion.  Their little made-up book that drew random crap from the Bible and their own idiocy should perhaps be used to beat them to death the way they beat their child. 

But it's not rational to go from there to a general condemnation of all religion.

Comment by Judith van der Roos on April 7, 2014 at 4:50pm
My parents reared horses all their lives, have trained shepherding dogs for thirty years and never hit/whipped/ or physically abused any of them to train them. The two guide dogs in my household have learnt their considerable skills through training that never once involved physical abuse. If you love and respect any animal physical harm or even the threat of it is never needed.

Children certainly can be a challenge, we have four ourselves, but Physical abuse is tyranny and simply will perpetuate further abuse.

One can only hope that these two vile beings will learn all about godly retribution from many of those good Christian souls who make up 99% of the US prison population.
Comment by Jim Smith on September 13, 2014 at 2:27pm

"What's the harm in religion?"  This doesn't even address the ones who deny medical treatments for children so they can "pray over them.  The word should be "prey" as that's what religion does on the gullible and the willfully ignorant.

Then how about the mental damage done to children and adults by instilling guilt and fear?

If you believe the bible, it's easy to understand how you should beat children.  The god depicted there is in favor of genocide, slavery, and murder.  Felonious assault is a trivial by comparison. 


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