What can motivate a person to think that love is a greater crime than torture?

Ok, don’t read this post if you have a weak stomach.  Seriously, trigger warning.

Remind me again why I read the news…because every day it’s stuff like this.

Three ‘gay and effeminate’ teens have died after being starved, tortured and killed at a camp that promised to turn them into ‘men’.

A picture of Raymond Buys, 15, taken in April 2011 showed a skeletal, emaciated figure fighting for his life.

Just 10 weeks before, the teen’s parents signed him up to the Echo Wild Game Rangers training course in South Africa in perfect health.

In hospital, Buys was severely malnourished, dehydrated, his arm was broken in two places and there were burns and wounds all over his body. He lay in intensive care for four weeks until he died.

The scariest thing is why this kid was put into this situation: he was placed there by a loving parent who was trying to make his son happier in life.

‘I sent my son on this course to make him a better man, to give him a better future,’ Buys’ mother told The Daily Telegraph. ‘I trusted Alex De Koker with his life.’

The simple fact is that his father needed to be the better man.  He should’ve been more skeptical of the religion which told him homosexuality was a terrible thing.  Like all religious people who get presented by unreasonable claims, he should’ve done better.

Take away our religions and their arbitrary fear and loathing of other people’s sex lives, and this type of thing never happens.

Gerhard Oostuizen, 19, claims Buys was chained to his bed every night, was refused permission to visit the toilet and on one occasion was forced to eat his own faeces.

He also said he would be beaten with planks, hosepipes and sticks when he failed to carry out manual labor tasks.

Oostuizen alleged further he saw De Koker tied Buys to a chair naked with his head covered in a pillowcase, and would electrocute him with a stun gun.

And for what?  Did he have information about a secret terrorist plot?  Was he complicit in crimes against humanity?  What was so horrible that they needed to do these things to this boy?

Gender activist Melanie Nathan has said the three young men were all perceived as ‘gay and clearly effeminate’.

Oh right.

And here’s your epilogue:

Calitz’s family was informed of his death via text message, saying he had died of a heart attack.

Afterwards, doctors said the cause of death was from a seizure, dehydration and found bleeding from the brain.

Van Der Walt was also claimed to have died from a heart attack, but doctors said he had appeared to have been choked with a seatbelt.

Both De Koker and Erasmus have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The case continues.

You want to know what injustice looks like?  Supposedly, if the young man, whose only “crime” was loving the gender his biology dictated, didn’t believe in Jesus than he can go to hell for the crime of finding happiness in a way that god allowed, but does not approve of.  However, if the people who ran this camp believe, they get paradise.

To call such an immensely fucked up approach to justice “love” or “fair” is as close to psychopathy as the law of physics allows, yet it is the very heart of Christianity.  The world will never be a better place as long as we’re able to reward monsters eternally and call it just.

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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.


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