Man murders his three year-old son attempting exorcism.

Hey gang.  Michaelyn’s stomach is still hitting her with stabbing pain whenever she stands up.  Might go to a doctor if it keeps up.  :(  Anyway, she’s staying home.  I’m gonna post some real quick stuff and go back to her.

I wouldn’t keep reading this particular post if you’re weak of stomach.  A father has killed his three year-old son via drowning while trying to exorcise demons from him.

Marcell Washington put his 3-year-old son into a cold shower and demanded to know if the young boy worshiped only God.

When Ameen said “no,” Washington forced open the boy’s eyes so water could fill them.

“I did this because I wanted to kill the Shatan that I believed was in my son,” Washington explained later. “I thought by killing a portion of Ameen, it would kill the Shatan in him.”

The boy’s frantic struggle convinced his father even more that “Shatan,” or the devil, remained in him.

The exorcism continued. Washington held his son’s face under water for about 10 minutes.

“When I was holding him under the water Ameen was still fighting me really hard,” Washington said later. “After about a couple of minutes Ameen stopped fighting so hard and he started to collapse. After ten minutes or so Ameen collapsed in my arms and I took him out of the shower.”

The father wrapped his son in a white towel and put him in the bedroom. Foam was coming from the little boy’s mouth, so Washington left him on his side for the foam to drain.

Washington then went to shave his head. Afterward, he checked Ameen’s pulse and found none.

“I didn’t think he was dead because the pulse of the Shatan is very hard to track,” Washington said. “I then left Ameen at the house…”

That’s the account Marcell Washington gave to police after authorities discovered Ameen dead on Nov. 5, 2011. His confession was provided in court documents.

It never occurred to him that the boy was fighting because he didn’t want to drown.

The first people to say this man was mad will be religious people.  But is believing in demons that can be painfully washed out of a child any more mad than believing in demons that make you gay?  Is believing the boy would live through drowning any more mad than believing a Canaanite Jew rose from the dead after being beaten to death?

Of course not.  The varying religious beliefs are different, but no more credible than the next.  This is the power of delusion.

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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