This is why reason is a moral obligation

This is fucking sick.

The scary thing?  These parents did this because they cared for their children and wanted them to grow up healthy – just like any other parent.  Just like you.  Just like me.  The corrupting influence was that they had shitty, unsupported ideas about the nature of the universe.

The other scary thing?  These people are just as likely to be right about the will of god as every other Christian you interact with.

Irrationality is dangerous.  Fight it.

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.

  • Timid Aethist

    It’s sad when any child is abused, but to so stupidly and blindly follow something because it’s your belief when it’s obviously harming your child is just plain disgusting. I just don’t get it.

  • Reed Braden

    I don’t think, “Spanked to death,” is a thing. I think that’s called, “Beating your child to death.” A spanking is what I got as a kid when I hit my sister. My mom or my dad, would hit me in the fleshy part of my rear with their hand a few times, enough to be unpleasant but never enough to cause real pain. (From 4 or 5 to 8 there was no other way to punish me that I wouldn’t just ignore or throw back in their faces somehow.) I’m not against that, but I think there are many better methods of controlling problem children. What this person did was beating. There is a definite line between spanking and beating, and while spanking is lazy parenting, beating is simply abuse.

  • Reed Braden

    That being said, I would never, ever spank my children, no matter how lightly.

  • Lisa

    Yeah, I like how the guy would tell the boy, “Hey, violence is wrong, now I’m gonna take you to your room and beat you.”

  • John

    Irrationality combined with an overblown sense of entitlement is extremely dangerous.—
    I am SO entitled that I can revise history, define relationships, teach bullshit, and beat children to death.—–That is the thing that gets me the most about stories like this. Then they call atheists arogant!!

  • Nikki Gillespie

    Sick, just fucking sick! There is really no other word to describe this type of belief. This is when your talk from Midwest Humanist is ever put on the Internet, I am going to blast it everywhere! I am giddy that this poor girl’s parents didn’t get of lightly because they were following their religious beliefs.

  • SeanH

    I hope their children are adopted into a loving, atheist home. This is disgusting and obscene on multitudinous levels. It is literally sickening, it left me feeling genuinely nauseous.

  • Michaelyn

    There are no words. This story literally makes me feel sick to my stomach. There is no excuse for things like this to happen.

  • Shannon

    Religion is doing what you’re told no matter what is right; morality is doing what is right no matter what you’re told.

  • Shak

    “These people are just as likely to be right about the will of god as every other Christian you interact with.”
    Damn right, I say that to every Christian who tells me they’re not one of the nutty ones

  • Ani Sharmin

    It’s so sad. I hope the other kids get adopted into loving homes.

  • Natasha

    I like that these are the people worried about gay parents adopting.