March 31, 2009

What happened to common sense?

I'm beginning to seriously wonder what happened to common sense. Where did all this garbage come from? What makes people believe in these ghost stories and fairy tales? What makes a rational person believe in resurrection, devils, gods, spirits, angels, and the like? When did it become acceptable to put your own tinfoil-hat shit-house-rat-crazy beliefs above the health of your own child?

I won't be around for it, but it will REALLY be a much nicer world when we all finally outgrow this religious nonsense in another thousand years or so. That is, if religion doesn't kill us all first.

Md. mom's starvation plea pegged to resurrection

By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press Writer

BALTIMORE – Prosecutors agreed to some unusual terms to win a guilty plea from a former religious cult member charged with starving her 1-year-old son to death: If the child is resurrected, her plea will be withdrawn.

Ria Ramkissoon, 22, also agreed Monday to testify against four other members of the now-defunct religious group known as 1 Mind Ministries. All four are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Javon Thompson, whose body was kept in a suitcase packed with mothballs and fabric softener sheets long after he died.

Ramkissoon's lawyer said the resurrection clause Ramkissoon insisted on shows that she is still "brainwashed" and needs the psychological treatment that is planned as part of her sentencing.

According to a statement of facts, the cult members stopped feeding the boy when he refused to say "Amen" after a meal. After Javon died, Ramkissoon sat next to his decomposing body and prayed for his resurrection.

Ramkissoon's attorney, Steven D. Silverman, said Ramkissoon believes the resurrection will occur. She agreed to plead guilty only after prosecutors said they would drop the charges if the child comes back to life, Silverman said.

"This is something that she absolutely insisted upon, and this is indicative of the fact that she is still brainwashed, still a victim of this cult," he said. "Until she's deprogrammed, she's not going to think any differently."

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EDIT - Excellent take on this story at The Friendly Atheist....check it out.

1 comment:

themom said...

But something is seriously wrong with this...she will be sentenced to 20 years but all will be suspended for time served? WTF???