Another reason religion is a bad, bad, thing (like we needed another one)

Image being 15 years old, your parents have just sent you and your siblings to your aunt's house for christmas. Upon arrival, you are accused of being a sorcerer and tortured as such, and by christmas day, you have begged for the release and peace of death and are finally drowned.

I found the following link while browsing for my morning news: http://www.news.com.au/top-stories/boy-tortured-to-death-in-london-...

It doesn't explicitly say what religion the torturers are but it shows that any level of magical thinking can cause normally good people to do some terrible things.

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Comment by Frank Arnason on January 5, 2012 at 6:27pm

My guess would be that they are Christian, specifically Catholic, due to the fact that 50% of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (where Eric Bikubi, the one who began the torture) is from is Roman Catholic. Another 34.5% of the country identifies as protestant and practitioners of "other" Christianity. So, probably some kind of Christian for sure. 

Comment by matt.clerke on January 5, 2012 at 7:44pm

Yes, my mind immediately went to assuming they were Christian of some sort but then I noticed the article doesn't actually what religion they were identifying as... as such, the article only explicitly shows the danger of belief in the supernatural, not necessarily Christianity.

Comment by redpepper on January 6, 2012 at 8:55am

Do you really believe the torturers were "normally good people"?  "Normally good people" don't torture and kill no matter what religion - or lack of it - they are.  Religion doesn't make people idiots.  People start out that way all on their own.  Criminals use what they can to commit and justfiy their crimes. 

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