Wednesday, December 15, 2004
Brain and brain, what is brain?
From Skimble, a new (to me) blog:
Another problem of literal Bible interpretation, as currently in vogue within the Republican cult, is that you can't expect the stupid or the insane to understand when to turn it off (Houston Chronicle):It's like marijuana leading to heroin, you see - you start off with a few Psalms, just a few, not too many, you swear you can give it up whenever you want. But before you know it, you just can't get up in the morning without the Song of Songs or go to bed at night without a few verses from Ecclesiastes, but it's not like you can't control it. And then, in no time at all, you've got - well, we're not sure what it is cause it can't be a monkey, after all - something or other on your back. And then you're killing your kid and blaming it on God. Case closed.A mother who admitted killing her baby girl by severing the child's arms was guided by a Bible passage in which Jesus refers to cutting off body parts to cast away sin, the woman's attorney said today.Somebody please explain that to 51% of the American population, which is on the fast track to becoming the collective antagonist of a third-rate Stephen King potboiler: "Police found her in the living room, covered in blood, still holding a knife and listening to a church hymn."
Dena Schlosser, a 35-year-old housewife with a history of mental illness, has referred to the New Testament passage since the killings, said attorney David Haynes. He told The Associated Press that he believes the passage influenced her method in killing 10-month-old Margaret.
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus says, "If thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell."
Schlosser was charged with capital murder Nov. 22, after she told a 911 operator she had severed her baby's arms. Police found her in the living room, covered in blood, still holding a knife and listening to a church hymn.
Haynes, a Christian who teaches Bible classes at his church, said Schlosser was severely mentally ill at the time of the killing and misinterpreted Christ's words. Haynes believes Christ was simply encouraging followers to cast out anything that came between them and God.
"Many things can be justified if you chop a couple of verses out of the Bible and say 'OK, these words mean what they say and say what they mean," Haynes said.
Backward, Christian soldiers.
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