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
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?