Look, I know that the vast majority (OK, I’m assuming it’s the vast majority) of Christians have better goddamned common sense and compassion to know when to not take the Bible completely literally. But the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City, Oregon take their faith to the point of severe mental illness and criminal child neglect. Over the decades, they have filled a graveyard full of their own children.
Now another couple in the same damn church would have added their 7-month-old baby girl to that graveyard had someone not tipped off the authorities. The baby’s parents let a tumor grow by her eye, until it got so big it bulged her eye out, pushing it to the side. Getting bigger and more red and purple, the parents would only pray and anoint the helpless child with goddamned fucking holy olive oil.
And, unbelievably, this man lost his last wife to breast cancer in 2006. She had never sought or received any medical treatment whatsoever, according to the state medical examiner. Don’t wanna mess with god’s plan, right? Now this sick bastard gets him a new wifey, makes a baby that I’m sure was conceived totally only after marriage, I’m sure, because that would just be way too sinful in the eyes of their god. But, after the baby arrives into this world, no god can help her then, she’s left to total neglect — no, not total neglect, because I’m sure they fawned over her day and night, wiping away the oozing pus from her eye, anointing her with extra-virgin olive oil and pleading and praying to the goddamned air.
Why? Why has this church been allowed to continue for decades? Because it has been taboo to question or criticize Christianity — never mind the endless suffering that it brings. But it is because of this particular church that Oregon passed a law making it a felony offense for religious freaks who cause harm to children. But they keep on, praise Jeebus!
This is why unquestioning, blind obedience to religious dogma is dangerous. Religious extremism is fucking dangerous. These kind of people are getting all up in our government, either in office or running for office, or influencing those in office, and it is fucking dangerous. Lou Engle and Cindy Jacobs to name just two — they actually believe that they are literally prophets from God (with the capital G) — they actually believe in all this holy oil shit, and demons, and faith healing, and they are part of the machine working to bring a Christian Theocracy to the United States, and they are very vocal about it.