Realizing Horrors in One Place, but not the Other

It’s a good thing I already take SSRIs, because I need them after reading the news on some days.

The Philippine LGBT Hate Crime Watch said today that 19-year-old Edmund Padilla was left with burns and blisters after his father, Erano, attacked him with boiling water.

Erano Padilla reportedly told police he attacked his son as a result of pent-up feelings experienced when he found out three of his children were gay. He has been charged and detained.

Some Christians will read those three sentences and recoil in horror, and rightly so.  They describe a great deal of unnecessary pain.  What irritates me is that those same people will then go back to worshiping a god who, so the book says (srsly, it does), commanded that gays be killed outright.  None of them will realize the irony.

If you read the bible and you see an action or an edict from god that collides with your notion of “good”, somebody is wrong.  Decide whether it’s you or god and change accordingly.

Unicornbooty hits the nail on the head.

Unfortunately, Edmund will not be protected under UN Convention on the Rights of the Child or The Philippines’ child protection laws because he is 19-years-old. Still, any old don’t boil a man alive laws on the books should do in this particular case.

Thank Sagan there are no longer exceptions to such rules in most civilized countries.

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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.