Monday, August 13, 2007

Saving the Children, Christian Style

Who? A fifteen year old girl
What? Tied behind a van with a rope and dragged on her stomach.
Why? For falling behind the group during a morning run
When? June 12, 2007
Where? Love Demonstrated Ministries, Banquette, Texas. A Christian Boot Camp for at-risk teens.

Next question. WTF is being done these days in the name of religion?

Sources here and here

Speaking of strange religious things. The three Republican presidential candidates, Huckabee, Brownback, and Tancredo, who said they did not believe in evolution, came in second, third, and fourth in the Iowa straw poll Saturday. Does that send a chill up your spine?


Blogger Distributorcap said...

The three Republican presidential candidates, Huckabee, Brownback, and Tancredo, who said they did not believe in evolution, came in second, third, and fourth in the Iowa straw poll Saturday.

and winner ties his dog to the roof of a car and has his five sons drive a van around Iowa to protect us from the turrists. what a fine bunch!!!!!

WTF is being done these days in the name of religion?

apparently a lot.....

Back in 1998, a black man named James Byrd was dragged to death in Jasper, Texas (what a state) and media went nuts. This poor girl -- well her dragging was in the name of god.

let me go feed the cat.

August 13, 2007 2:05 AM  
Blogger sumo said...

My spine is on perpetual chill.

August 13, 2007 3:20 AM  
Blogger Blueberry said...

They all need to start evolving.

August 13, 2007 3:41 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

This is terrifying indeed. Clearly evolution did not really happen- at least for those 3 monkeys. (Apologies to Dr. MVM and Dr. Z!)

Distributorcap is right to bring up Romney.

Mobilize people, mobilize.

And I sign this- your resident evolution believing, science respecting, progessive Catholic friend, FranIam

P.S. Hell! Evolution believing? I change that to EVOLUTION INSISTING!

August 13, 2007 4:03 AM  
Blogger Fran said...

In my horror and haste I neglected to say how disturbing, how hateful, how horrible and completely in any way behavior of dealing with "at risk" teens is.

Disgraceful beyond belief.

The adults in this case are who are at risk and they challenge any standard of human behavior.

I am outraged.

August 13, 2007 4:05 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Religion continues to be a popular excuse for the self-righteous to inflict their will and erroneous beliefs on others. If only they could focus on the deed, and not the rhetoric of their so called faith.

August 13, 2007 5:05 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

They need to drag this guy to the front lines of Iraq, since he enjoys aggression.

August 13, 2007 5:35 AM  
Blogger fallenmonk said...

These so called "boot camps' have a long history of abuse of the "inmates" this is just run of mill stuff for them.

Funny thing about the three "non believers" in evolution thing. I can understand why they don't believe in something that obviously didn't happen to them.

August 13, 2007 6:37 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

These people need to get their own country, one that doesn't have a Constitution or science. On the good news front: Karl Rove is resigning. I'm sure it's to spend time with his family. Yup.

August 13, 2007 7:08 AM  
Blogger Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Days like this make me glad that I am a non believer.

August 13, 2007 8:03 AM  
Blogger Frederick said...

Makes me believe in de-evolution, that's for sure...

August 13, 2007 8:40 AM  
Blogger BBC said...

I hadn't heard about that, but there are sick Christians all over this country doing sick things. I swear, their religion puts an insanity in them. Some of them anyway.

I half expect one to show up here someday and shoot me. That will make a good headline.

August 13, 2007 8:52 AM  
Blogger Sewmouse said...

And these are the people who want to destroy our constitution and set up a theocracy based on the god they have created in their own image...

Where are those lions when we need them?

August 13, 2007 9:26 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Well, I don't believe in Huckabee, Brownback, and Tancredo, so there.

August 13, 2007 10:08 AM  
Blogger SouthLoopScot said...

Nuts! There all nuts, I tell you!
I'm with Dr. Monkey on this!

August 13, 2007 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think this "faith-based" group has a contract with the Bush Administration?

August 13, 2007 10:40 AM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

The redneck scare me more and more. Huckabee, no, because he was the former governor of ark, which is close enough to iowa to get some home town support. the rest scare the crap out of me almost as much as Mitt

August 13, 2007 10:43 AM  
Blogger WeezieLou said...

i agree w/ sparky duck. as much as i feel contempt for these men, i also have some fear. there appears to be more of them than of us - or, at least, they control the media stories.

i'd heard abt that young woman, and it's sent a chill through me every day since.

August 13, 2007 1:54 PM  
Blogger jmsjoin said...

That is pretty screwed up about the girl. They can't possibly get away with that I hope.
This perversion of Religion on one side and the perversion of Islam on the other is going to make this the worst mess the world has ever seen.
And The three Republican presidential candidates, Huckabee, Brownback, and Tancredo, promising to continue this is really sick.

August 13, 2007 2:59 PM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I hadn't heard the story of the gal. OMG what will we have to hear next in the name of religion? I am sure this is not what my God had intended!
The 3 musketeers you refer to-OWELL just another straw vote in the line of many!

August 13, 2007 3:14 PM  
Blogger Merci said...

I've seen faith in people of various beliefs that is really beautiful. Zealous religious fundamentalism is scary, however, and I think it is one of the most dangerous forces in the world.

August 13, 2007 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The irony in all this is that if Jesus ever returned it would be the "Christians" who'd crucify him this time around.

As punishment they should drag the freaks behind a full grown African Elephant who had 5 blocks of Velveeta, and a twelve pack of root beer for breakfast.

August 13, 2007 7:21 PM  
Blogger Cartledge said...

I had to leave this one for a few hours, it is bloody appalling. Engaged as I am with an Australian campaign, tainted by a so call Christian influence, I am doubly appalled.
I am circulating hard copy of this around my internet-ignorant community. I hope it starts to wake some feeble minds. Thank you.

August 13, 2007 8:29 PM  
Blogger Suzie-Q (S-Q) said...

There are some really screwed up people who claim to be Christians. Texas seems to be a breeding ground for a lot of them too.. and why is that?

August 13, 2007 8:52 PM  
Blogger Madcap said...

That sucked my breath away. What on EARTH is happening down there?

August 13, 2007 9:07 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Given what the R.C. Church did during the Spanish Inquisition I guess...well, it's still sick.

Funny thing is that the cookie leaders of these strange cults mustn't believe they are going to face justice one day, though that's what the story they use to frighten everyone else.

Hell is going to have to be a big, big place!

August 13, 2007 10:12 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

These Christian bootcamps are no different the the Christina Youth movement used by Hitler in Nazi Germany.

I did two post on this last year that you can read called Who would you die for? Part I and II

They look to brainwash the children to fight for God and follow without question what their told to do.

Der Fuhrer{Adolph}Bush endorsed this camp so that should tell you a lot about it.

These people should be thrown in a dark damp prison cell where no sunlight ever shines. And it should be a cold day in H*ll before there ever let out.

God Bless.

August 13, 2007 10:26 PM  
Blogger Anon-Paranoid said...

I apologize in the fact that the one link is now a dead link. That is the link "Hitler Youth". All the rest are still active.

God Bless.

August 13, 2007 10:30 PM  
Blogger Aaron A. said...


I can't get over the locals talking about how "crazy" Islam is and how "Sane" is Christianity.

August 13, 2007 10:43 PM  
Blogger enigma4ever said...

So scary....and it never the NAME of...and look what it did to our Country...and Iraq....and that poor girl...
and the Straw Poll with the cavemen mentality....
( and on the repug sites they don't hink women or people of color should run...)
they are not evolved...and ignorance is running rampant....lipstick on a pig....that is all it is....
( I guess Mitt would be a very tan pig)

August 14, 2007 12:08 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Our brain needs to start evolving more.

August 14, 2007 12:11 AM  
Blogger SouthLoopScot said...

And to think your hard earned tax dollars are going to organizations like this through the "Faith Based" nonsense!

August 14, 2007 10:39 AM  
Blogger Gary said...

Jesus - when I hear that I begin to doubt evolution myself. How indeed are we surviving long enough to procreate?

August 14, 2007 8:24 PM  
Blogger butterfly said...

ugh. this makes me sick that this shit happens in my own backyard. days i'm NOT proud to be a texan.

August 15, 2007 2:12 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Great comment, Divajood. I couldn't agree more!

As for the incident, you send a kid to any kind of "Jesus Camp" this is what you end up with: an abused kid, whether it be mentally or physically. Sorry, but I think that kind of crap is a cyst on the ass of humanity. The majority of Christians, who are not kooky, should do a better job of policing the faith, or at least a better job of advertising for less punitive/kooky ways of spreading the word of God.

This kind of bullshit just gives Christianity a much worse name than necessary. I'm not sure Christianity deserves a good name, but lots of good people abide by the faith, so it can't be all bad. Being a believer doesn't necessarily make a person "good", though. So, let the good folks find a way to save their religion before they let the bad folks consume it.

August 15, 2007 11:43 PM  

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