Sunday, June 3, 2012

Fundamentalist Christians ‘spanked’ daughter to death

A fundamentalist Christian couple killed their 7-year-old adopted daughter while practicing a violent form of discipline. They reportedly beat their nine children regularly because they thought God commanded it. Both parents were jailed after pleading guilty to the crime, and the surviving children are now in foster homes.

I'm glad to hear that the parents were jailed. What surprises me, however, is how little press coverage their crime received. I had to poke around for the original article and was surprised that it only merited a brief footnote on Anderson Cooper 360, which doesn't even appear to be accessible now.  Thank goodness for YouTube.

I wonder if it is because people simply shrug it off, saying, "well, they did it because of their religion."  People do a lot of crazy things in the name of religion -- kill, rape underage girls, handle poisonous stakes -- and it is totally understandable.

What if atheists had done it?  Would it have been newsworthy then?  Would people have puzzled over the motivations of the parents and tried to figure out what could be done to detect and prevent such behavior in the future?  Perhaps, in the case of religion, we just throw our hands up and say, "there is not much you can do about crazy."

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