OK, seriously people, what the fuck is wrong with some religious people? This is the 21st century, are we really so intellectually feeble that we still believe in demonic possession? And then kill children during exorcism rituals? How sick are we?
What brought this rant on? This did. A priest and members of his congregation are in police custody after they killed a 7 year old child during an exorcism in the Eastern Cape.
The exorcism is described as “violent” and the 22-year old priest and his 4 accomplices realised something was wrong after as much as 2 hours of shoving her around between them while “praying” over her to rid her of the demon supposedly possessing her.
The post mortem indicates the cause of this little girls death was massive internal injuries. Specifically “on the night of the girl’s death, police found bruises on her body and had noted that her eyes were swollen.”
This is not the first such death in South Africa, and it follows a worrying trend in other parts of Africa where children are “exorcised” for possession when religious leaders claim they are witches and beat, burn, starve and murder these children. In most cases the families of these children take no action to prevent the torture and murder of their own babies. They say stupid things like “God has spoken through the
profit prophet. God has not lied.” And these priests charge the families, who are often living below the poverty line, to torture these poor children.
Here is a quote from the USA Today article I linked to in the previous paragraph which nicely summarises the motives of these religious bastards:
The pastors who conduct such rituals are non-denominational, and most have no theological training, says Matondo Kasese of the humanitarian group Reejer. According to Arnold Mushiete, a social worker with a small Catholic organization called Our House, Congo’s atmosphere of religious fervor, minimal education and rampant poverty makes for fertile territory for pastors who convince desperate parents that their children are the cause of their financial, medical and romantic problems.
The most painful aspect of this, for me at least, is that these children are being abused and murdered for nothing.
An exorcism occurs when an evil demon, or even Satan himself, is thought to have taken up residence in a person’s body. In many cases, these “demonic possessions” are thought to be evidenced by things like epilepsy, depression, sleep-walking, changes in personality (such as an extroverted person becoming quiet), changes in body weight, changes in fashion choices, temper tantrums… the list goes on and it doesn’t get any less insane.
If we torture every person who demonstrates any of those symptoms (or even a whole lot of them together) we are not casting demons out of them, we are abusing them because we are superstitious, ignorant bumpkins who still think that a fairy in the sky made the world.
There are too many arguments for the non-existence of God (of any denomination) for me to go into them here.
So I will make my statement: God does not exist, he’s (she’s, it’s) a creation of the human mind.
And back it up with a link to the Arguments Against the Existence of God (and here), and the fact that there simply is no reason to believe in any supernatural being. This includes the anti-God, Satan, evil demons etc.
There is no reason to believe that these supernatural forces exist anywhere except the human mind. We make them up. They are us, just dressed in funny clothes and sometimes enhanced with strange features (hooves, horns etc.)
These bastards who harm children – defenceless, innocent, flawed, beautiful, precious, children – are acting out of greed and malice and taking money and lives away from people who are too ignorant to know any better.
In the name of God.