Religion kills again.

Religion kills again.  A mother has beaten her son to death because he failed to learn the Koran by heart.

Sara Ege used a stick to beat seven-year-old Yaseen “like a dog” if he couldn’t recite passages from the Islamic text.

The beatings were so brutal that the boy died from his injuries, and his mother tried to burn the body to destroy the evidence, Cardiff Crown Court was told.

Yaseen was originally thought to have died in the house fire. But a post-mortem examination showed Mrs Ege had been beating and abusing her little boy in the months leading up to his murder.

In a video recording of her interview with police, Mrs Ege told them: “I was trying to teach him the Koran.

“I was getting more and more frustrated. If he didn’t read it properly I would be very angry — I would hit him.

Religion doesn’t make anybody better, but it can take our concern for our loved ones and twist it into madness.  It can also amplify the worst of us until there is no humanity left.

Sure, people can become good because they believe god is watching.  But once you open the door to believing things for bad reasons, who but the most faith-drenched of people could possibly believe that people only do good things for bad reasons?  One of the things you will always hear from the religious people is how their faith changed their lives.  I’m just unwilling to be selective. Untrue beliefs can change peoples lives – it’s just the belief, not god at work.  And when those beliefs are awash with unreason, they can make bigots and murderers out of people.

The atheist activist just elects to criticize irrational beliefs before they become irrational actions, not afterward. This boy should have been out playing, not learning a book of outdated rules and horrors.  This boy did not have to die.

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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.