Too Much Faith Will Make You Crazy: Baby Anti-Christ edition.

Most of the time when I write these entries the people I’m talking about aren’t too crazy. As in they’re not holy-shit-I-hope-they-don’t-live-near-me crazy. Often I’m just poking a little light hearted fun at their silliness while pointing out that we really have no reason not to accept their claims that God told them to do something stupid like the ladies in the last entry I made on this topic.

Unfortunately not everyone who is pushed over the edge by their faith is so harmless. In Chile four people have been arrested for burning a 3-day-old baby to death because they believed she was the anti-christ:

Chile arrests 4 accused of burning baby in rite | abc30.com.

The 3-day-old baby was taken to a hill in the town of Colliguay near the Chilean port of Valparaiso on Nov. 21 and was thrown into a bonfire. The baby’s mother, 25-year-old Natalia Guerra, had allegedly approved the sacrifice and was among those arrested.

“The baby was naked. They strapped tape around her mouth to keep her from screaming. Then they placed her on a board. After calling on the spirits they threw her on the bonfire alive,” said Miguel Ampuero, of the Police investigative Unit, Chile’s equivalent of the FBI.

Now when push comes to shove I really don’t give a shit if you believe in a God or Gods until your faith starts to interfere in the life of others. You can’t really interfere much more severely than by throwing someone onto a bonfire. The fact that it was a 3-day-old child just makes you that much more of a waste of life.

It would be easy to write these barbarians off as ignorant assholes who are probably too stupid to breathe without written instructions, but that’s clearly not the case here:

“Everyone in this sect was a professional,” Ampuero said. “We have someone who was a veterinarian and who worked as a flight attendant, we have a filmmaker, a draftsman. Everyone has a university degree. “

These weren’t ignorant, backwards peasants falling victim to their lack of education. These were otherwise intelligent people who allowed their faith in the apocalypse to drive them to commit what can only be described as an atrocity. The fact that the mother was a willing participant just boggles my mind.

At least with folks like the followers of Harold Camping that went around telling us how the world was going to end in May of 2011 they only people they really ended up hurting was themselves and that was mostly in the form of embarrassment with a little job quitting/giving away all their money to drive the point home. They didn’t burn any babies alive.

The truly sad part is that the point I made in the previous light-hearted entry still stands: If you accept the idea that there is a God who speaks to his followers and gives them instructions then how can you justify questioning the actions of these true believers? Especially given some of the stories in the Bible in which such murderous decrees from God are not only accepted as OK, but held up as great examples of people being truly faithful?

As for these folks, my knee-jerk reaction is that they should meet the same end as that child. Let them have a taste of their own medicine so they’ll truly understand what they subjected that infant to. That would be cruel and inhumane and would reduce us to their level, but damned if it’s not a tempting thing to call for.

5 thoughts on “Too Much Faith Will Make You Crazy: Baby Anti-Christ edition.

  1. Les, all this talk about religion is going to drive you nuts , their madness is starting to get to you . Let it go . There will always be fanatics , you could be writing about this forever. Most of the world is sane.

  2. AN OPEN LETTER TO GOD

    Dear God,

    I bet yer surprised as h_ll to hear from me since I ain’t had no truck with ya fer over 50 years, but I jest gotta have a talk with ya. Y’see sir, I’m gettin mighty tired of some of the things yer dumb ass followers says yer tellin them ta do.

    Jus what in tarnation is this thing with hurtin’ an’ killin’ innocent kids? I mean, if ya want some of yer faithful to off themselfs to prove their loyalty and obedience, then go fer it. But how comes it’s always someone else you tell them to off? Usually kids too! This just ain’t right, y’know?

    Ya don’t see Allah doin’ that with his Mooslims now do ya. Or any of them Buddyists, or them Jainists either. So what’s the score there Big Guy? I thot you was supposed to be all knowin’. I’d kinda think that if ya knows so much ’bout ever-thang, you’d freakin’ KNOW if yer followers was faithful and not need them to prove it by knockin’ off their kids. You ain’t impressin’ anybody with this shit, ya know. It just makes ya look like yer bunch are total wing-nuts.

    Give this some thot, Pal. This has gotta stop.

    Scribblerlarry da athyst

  3. Makes me wonder what sort of “Thought” went behind that act, possibly a now despised father? Maybe scripture outrageously out of context? And whatever “Church” put that idea in their head will just sat “They were nuts, not our fault.”.

  4. Aaaah, yes! One of the great ‘Joys’ of religion….. Burning Virgins, Babies and of course Scientists alive… And in Islam, beheadings! Oh, what a party that is!!! For me… they can all kiss my ass!!!!!!!!!!

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