Biblically Inspired Stupidity

I’m beginning to think that we need a Christian stupidity award that dovetails into the Darwin awards.  Maybe the St. Petey, or something along those lines.

Mr. Baxter’s botched attempt to circumcising his 8-year old son would definitely be a strong contender for a St. Petey.  It turns out that Baxter, a Fundamentalist Christian, was reading through the bible and became inspired to take a knife to his son’s genitals.  The really disturbing part is that he consulted with his wife and together they concluded this was a good idea.

Circumcision Attempt – Father sentenced to three years
Columbian News
Thursday, December 16, 2004
By STEPHANIE RICE, Columbian staff writer

Ridgefield father Edwin B. Baxter asked God for mercy and a judge for understanding Wednesday as he faced sentencing for an attempted circumcision on his 8-year-old.  Baxter said he was inspired to cut his son after reading Scripture and first consulted his wife.

“It never has been my desire or intent to violate any laws,” Baxter, 33, told Superior Court Judge James Rulli.
 
“I pray God will have mercy on me,” Baxter said, choked up. He then put his head down on the table where he sat with his attorney.

There are just so many things wrong here.  How is it that the wife was not on trial for conspiracy?  How can a 33 year old man not know that performing surgery on someone without a license is illegal?  Why the fuck is he asking for God’s forgiveness for something God supposedly instructed him to do?

Baxter likely will appeal on the grounds that Rulli did not let him use his Christian fundamentalist faith as a defense, but Rulli cast doubt that argument will fly.

Ah, yes.  The old the devil God made me do it defense.

Baxter and his 30-year-old wife have nine children in their two-bedroom home. His wife, Tammy, is pregnant and due in February.

WTF?!?!  Eleven people in a two bedroom house with a mother that agrees that it’s okay to perform surgery in the bathtub.

The Full Story is even more disturbing.
 
All I can say is the world would be a lot better place if people stopped adhering to fairy tales.  Can I get an Amen?

35 thoughts on “Biblically Inspired Stupidity

  1. From the article:

    Farr said the family came to Clark County from Idaho after they were contacted by child welfare authorities.

    Jeez, I wonder what the fuck ELSE these overbreeding dim bulbs have done to their kids to warrant “contact” by the child welfare authorities before THIS incident.

    10 more potential homicidal whack-jobs who’ll probably end up in jail because the invisible friend their parents taught them to believe in was telling them to commit some atrocity that’s supported by their big book of hooey.

    God, please save us from your followers!

  2. The following line sums it all up for me.

    The doctor noted Baxter did have “religious fervor that suggested mild delusional thinking,”

  3. I read the story and I had to email the writer:

    Stephanie (stephanie.rice@columbian.com):

    Good gosh. Could you have been any NICER to this bozo? If you’d painted this child-mutilating freak in any rosier terms, you would have had to shed blood on the page.

    And judging from the all-too-forgiving people you so generously quoted in your story, your part of the country sounds like a real little hellhole for hapless children.

    Hank

  4. I wonder if the writer was nice to the guy on purpose – letting the facts of the story make the point without interjecting herself into it.  With a story that bizarre you could hope the reading public would get the point, as it were. ;-D

    Sheesh, what a nutjob.

  5. Yet another reason why I like Canada.  When this nut-job fled Idaho child protection services in other states SHOULD have been notified or have some kind of “watch list”.  At least Ned Flanders has Reverend Lovejoy to keep him in check.

  6. Originally posted by deadscot:
    All I can say is the world would be a lot better place if people stopped adhering to fairy tales.  Can I get an Amen?

    Amen!  This guy apparently has not read very far into the new testament because that was entirely unnecessary and idiotic.

  7. “I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: … if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”

    You know, I don’t think any (believing) person could excise anything from the book. Perhaps they could get a bunch of atheists to do their dirty work for them and tidy up the bible a little? wink

  8. Why the fuck is he asking for God’s forgiveness for something God supposedly instructed him to do?

    While this is an attempt at a good point, the article never stated that God told Baxter to do what he did, he only did so after reading scripture.  You can’t blame the author of Jack and the Beanstalk if some fanatic reads the story then decides “hey, I’m gonna go cut down a huge tree while somebody is climbing down it.” It doesn’t work that way in my opinion.

    Also, the fact that it states “Lowe said Baxter would have had a doctor perform the circumcision but did not have the money,” shows that while he did have an extreme lapse in judgement, he had at least considered the proper option first.

    Don’t think that I’m supporting what Baxter did, I am just attempting to point out things others may have been while they were so infuriated by Baxter’s actions.

  9. I always wanted to look up the Jefferson Bible, who did exactly that – excised what he felt was supernatural bunk.

    As far as believers excising anything from the book, I maintain that they all do it. For me, the Bible is a package deal, but it appears as if the majority of believers is either ignorant of the sum total of scripture or is every selective in their acceptance of it. The end result is that some Christians inflict atrocities, while other perform admirable deeds – both in the name of their religion. To me it just illustrates that religious affiliation is not a decisive factor in the “goodness” of a person.

    As far as the nutjob of the opening post is concerned, he probably should have had one 11 kids or so ago.

  10. chief:

    While this is an attempt at a good point, the article never stated that God told Baxter to do what he did, he only did so after reading scripture.

    Indeed. The article is all to go by, but it seems probable that Baxter has a mental health issue. He might have picked up any sufficiently gory book with similar results. What really gets me is that this is yet another example where the safeguards that are supposed to protect children failed.

  11. <blockquote>While this is an attempt at a good point, the article never stated that God told Baxter to do what he did, he only did so after reading scripture.  You can’t blame the author of Jack and the Beanstalk if some fanatic reads the story then decides “hey, I’m gonna go cut down a huge tree while somebody is climbing down it.

  12. elwed,

    it appears as if the majority of believers is either ignorant of the sum total of scripture or is every selective in their acceptance of it. The end result is that some Christians inflict atrocities, while other perform admirable deeds – both in the name of their religion. To me it just illustrates that religious affiliation is not a decisive factor in the “goodness

  13. Dante,

    No worries, I don’t think that even the most anti-religious among us would think that any great portion of the members of any group (besides the group picked out by the name “idiots”) let alone Christians are that dumb.  I’m still shocked that anyone could be dumb enough to think that they should hack off a part of their kid’s penis without proper medical knowledge.  I’m actually still trying to figure out how the man’s wife let him get away with that. 

    My partner would never let me do anything like that.  She has the common sense to realize when I’m doing something dumb, and she normally has the courtesy to let me know as well.  It seems to me that’s why guys end up domesticated by our better halves, we need people to prevent us from doing the dumb stuff that we seem predisposed to do.  The wife mentioned in the article was definitely in severe dereliction of her duty to prevent the manifestation of her husband’s idiocy (indeed, considering that she’s married to him, she should know him well enough by now not to let him anywhere near the kids, let alone near them with a sharp object).

  14. Forgot to mention that parental Circumsicion shold be banned altogether. If the parents decide to circumcise the kid at birth, he has to live with that choice that he did not make for the rest of his life. However, I think a guy deserves the option of wether he wants his foreskin or not.

    The bible is a collection of stories about how to live life; where the fuck do people get all this crap about “gays are evil” and “we should circumcise people” from? They must read it backwards.

  15. Let’s see, now. Ten kins in twelve (maybe fifteen) years – Tammy is much too tired to make a rational decision, so cut her a little slack. And maybe she was hoping Edwin would make a mistake and reduce the possibility of any more offspring from this screwed-up family. Then, too, didn’t Abraham try to kill his only son a few years after circumsizing him? Why would any sane man want to emulate that kind of strange behavior? Why would any sane man believe in that fairy tale? So many questions, so few answers. LOL

  16. {quote] DoF queried: So my question is, exactly how does “considering the proper option first

  17. Schweinchen:

    As much as I hate to say it there are some people out there who make me think that eugenics might not be such a bad thing….

    Hear, hear. Sadly, the only reliable way to find out if somebody is qualified to be a parent is to apply perfect hindsight.

  18. Even if the circumcision were a success, what was the guy going to do with the foreskin?  I think he should have fried it up and fed it to his impoverished family.

  19. This seems the appropriate place for a little story about St. Agnes Blannbekin (d. 1315), a local (Viennese) celebrity:

    The Holy Prepuce was a relic unlike any other; According to Bryk (always), it was always the pre-occupation of the female sex and many visions of female saints were connected with this blessed relic. Saint Agnes of Blannbekin felt the very object materialize in a most interesting way. Of course, Saint Agnes had been pre-occupied since childhood with the idea of the Holy Foreskin: She would shed tears of compassion on the day of the Feast of the Circumcision, thinking about all that blood that little Jesus had shed for the Good of Humanity! Then things got a little bit hotter when she grew up and the Holy Prepuce would materialize before her;-) Saint Agnes would recognize that It had materialized, because she could feel a small membrane on her tongue, a membrane full of ecstatic sweetness! When she would touch It with her finger, the sweet membrane (i.e. the Holy Foreskin) would slide down her throat by Itself! It was so sweet, that Saint Agnes felt herelf being tranformed and sensed a sweetness permeate all her body!

    I just felt the need to share…

  20. elwed,

    Sadly, the only reliable way to find out if somebody is qualified to be a parent is to apply perfect hindsight.

    That’s why I’m not that much of a supporter of the notion that parenthood should be restricted.  However, I do think that sometimes we should have some training that all parents-to-be are required to take.  It just seems that there are far too many clueless parents out there, and they raise kids who are little bastards, and not in the good way either….

  21. Many states have required parenting classes for adoption so I don’t see why it would be unrealistic for all parents.  As long as the training doesn’t establish any rigorous guidelines that would infringe upon the wishes of the parents.

    I recently heard that the National Head-start Association would like to see the parenting classes offered through the school system become mandatory.  As it stands now only the parents of at risk children are pressured to attend.

  22. This kind of stupidity will never cease, since, as this story clearly demonstrates, they just won’t stop breeding.  In the long run, humanity is doomed anyway, so who cares?

  23. The structure of organized religion lends itself to the ability to provide people with life problems (drug/alcohol addiction, lunacy, etc.) a structure to life and gets them “outside of their self” and the demons within.

    Unfortunately I have to agree with Chairbreaker and the other posters, there is no way to control people that have no business raising a human being from doing just that.

  24. Remember to consider the origin of the word,“Fundamentalist”, when you use it.  The root of this word is Fundament, which is defined in Webster’s dictionary as meaning “Ass Hole”.

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