The Atlanta Constitution is reporting that a father used Proverbs 13 as justification to beat his children ruthlessly.
You know, Spare the rod, spoil the child.
Well, that father — one Benjamin Edetanlen — was sentenced to 18 years in prison Wednesday for beating his 5-month-old son to death.
This won’t be the last story you read in which the bible inspired behavior that is oppositional to the views believers say their bible promotes.
It won’t be the last time you read a story that shows believers devalue life at one stage, but scream about valuing life at a fetal stage.
Maybe Edetanlen took the bible out of context. Maybe he truly loved his son and the two other kids who survived their beatings.
I mean, I’ve seen some pretty damn evil five months olds whom I was this close to beating to death, haven’t you?
Wait a minute.
No, no I haven’t met any five-months olds whom I’ve wanted to beat to death.
And maybe you’re thinking, why are you picking on one father? There are many good parents out there.
And you’d be right. There are great parents out there. And you know why they are good parents?
Because — if they happen to believe — they ignore the parts of the bible that implore violence toward children. Why? Because secular laws are superior to biblical laws/ideas/recommendations 99% of the time.
The best it’s got: Treat your neighbor as yourself.
Seen at JMG