"Without religion, we'd have good people doing good things, and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion." --Dan Dennett
This story popped up in my Reader this morning, about a woman who handcuffed her son and refused him food and water for up to 12 hours at a time. Why? Exorcism, of course. She was arrested, as she should be, but a judge let her out this morning.
I happen to know many atheists in Gwinnett County that can set this judge straight.
A magistrate’s judge dismissed charges Thursday against a Gwinnett County woman accused of performing an exorcism on her unruly teenage son.“All we have is parents who chose a course of action that government does not like or does not understand. That’s all we have,” said Judge Robert Mitchum. “… She cannot be held on these warrants.”
That is insane! I think the government knows exactly what she is doing and no one should like it. She's abusing her son and masking it as religion. When are we going to stop pussyfooting around the topic of religion and call out the crazies? Instead, we let them run the system. It's disgusting.
“I have a hard time believing you’re going to get anybody to say in Gwinnett County, Ga., that Satan doesn’t exist, that the Bible doesn’t exist, that the actual Biblical descriptions of possession are not true,” he said. “You’re not going to get anybody to say that that’s all false. So it’s going to be really hard to claim that the basic precept behind any of her actions were false, malicious or criminal.”