Posts Tagged child abuse
Press release from the USDOJ in Ohio:
Three Ashland residents held a cognitively disabled woman and her child against her will for more than two years and forced her perform manual labor for them, law enforcement officials said.
The conspiracy included beating the disabled woman and her child, threatening the woman with a firearm, threatening to kill the woman and her child, threatening the woman and her child with large snakes, forcing them to sleep in a padlocked room with a large iguana and other actions, according to charges filed in U.S. District Court.
They kidnapped this cognitively impaired woman and her small daughter, stole her welfare benefits, and made her do their housekeeping while they abused and terrorized the mother and daughter. They made her life so miserable that when she was arrested for shoplifting a candy bar, she asked the cops to take her to jail rather than send her back to her captors’ house.
I usually prefer restorative justice to punitive justice, and I think the justice system should endeavor to rehabilitate offenders rather than just derail their lives. But in this case, the offenders are so thoroughly corrupt, abusive and sadistic that I doubt they will ever make a positive contribution to society. This is what evil looks like.
Sometimes, they just let it all out for everyone to see:
Can I make it any clearer? Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? “You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male.”
The rules for girls are a bit more flexible, and yet somehow, even more fucked up:
And when your daughter starts acting too butch you reign her in. And you say, “Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.”
How do I put this?
This man hates people. He hates boys, he hates girls, he hates LGBTs, he hates straight people who don’t perfectly tow the gender line.
How do I come to that conclusion?
Because Pastor Harris’s diatribe is not affecting only gay people, or only children who belong to sexual minorities. If it did affect only those groups of people, that shouldn’t make it more acceptable, but to the extent that his congregants follow his advice, he is not encouraging abuse of JUST those kids who are growing up gay. He is encouraging abuse of ALL children. He is telling parents to berate, control and assault their children as soon as they deviate from gender norms, and you know what? We all do that. We all fail to meet our gender’s standards in some ways, because gender norms are socially constructed, subject to change, and arbitrary. All children will here and there do something that doesn’t exactly follow the rules of the gender marked on their birth certificate.
And here’s Pastor Sean Harris, instructing the parents in his congregation to beat their kids into behaving like socially approved, heterosexist boys and girls. He hates gay and lesbian children, he hates straight children, and he hates the adults they will grow up to be. Shame on him for parading his hatred from his pulpit, and shame on all those people who sit in those pews, laugh and nod along with his sermons, and pay his salary. They are all part of the problem.
(And it needs to be said: these same people almost inevitably believe that gay and lesbian couples are unfit to raise children. The irony is terrifying. Kill it, Mommies! Kill it with fire!)
RD.net points out what I had already seen at the Dish:
The AP’s story on Joseph Ratzinger’s direct involvement in delaying for six years the defrocking of a priest who had confessed to tying up and raping minors ends any doubt that the future Pope is as implicated in the sex abuse crisis as much as any other official in the church.
When you see a faithful Catholic blogger just as riled up as the confrontationalist atheist community, and for the same reasons, you know the hierarchy has gone seriously beyond the pale.
Congratulations, Pope Benny! You’ve shown strident atheists and God-fearing Christians that they have something in common!