Thursday, March 24, 2011

The law ignores your religious motivation

I love these words, “…there is no right in the Bible to commit child abuse.” They make me proud to be an American. I love the fact that what a person clams is the will of god must stand up to scrutiny under the law. Take child abuse. Religious nutballs may claim a right to beat their kids, but it must pass the reasonable person test too. Should someone be able to claim god said it was ok to beat a 2-year-old child with a rod when society views this behavior as a crime? No!  Members of the Black Earth church are learning this lesson the hard way.

Six more members of a Black Earth church are expected to face child abuse charges in what experts say is a rare -- and legally indefensible -- case of claiming the Bible dictates using a rod to punish children as young as 2 months.

"I think these are deviant people, not deviant beliefs," said law professor Michael Broyde, who is academic director of the Law and Religion Program and a project director at the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University in Atlanta.

What kind of god commands beating a infant with a rod? What kind of idiot listens?

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