But god told me to…

Texas did something right.  Take a picture.

The sect leader faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for his conviction of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old and a 15-year-old who were his “spiritual wives.” The jury convicted him of two counts of sexual assault on a child — charges that stemmed from a 2008 raid on a ranch his church operates near Eldorado, Texas.

Good riddance.  What’s more interesting to me is this:

The girl had grown up in Jeffs’ Yearning for Zion ranch, clearing cactus and attending a Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints school where Jeffs was principal, authorities said.

The man believed in Jesus.  For one, that means the slimeball will go to heaven and somebody like me, who thinks his actions are pretty fucking sick, will go to hell.  If you believe in a god who botches his moral concerns to that degree, you have let faith turn you into an idiot (likely an idiot who thinks they occupy the moral high ground).

Jeffs’ defense is the same as every religious lunatic: god told me to do it.  Christians all over who think god speaks to them for all the same reasons as Jeffs will not find this the least bit disturbing.

Bible-believers who accept that god commanded Abraham to slaughter his son (and who take his willingness to do so as an example of perfect faith) as well as the god who asked Jephtha to murder his daughter will recoil in horror at the idea that the same god could ask some crank in Texas to fuck prepubescent women.

It is a tremendous shame that irony doesn’t physically burn.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.