Saturday, March 9, 2013

The Power of Religion

Blacksburg, Virginia: April 16, 2007. A mentally ill young man murders 32 innocent people and injures 17 others. What happened?

For years, Seung-Hui Cho displayed signs of serious and dangerous mental illness. His family and other acquaintances knew he was batshit crazy. His mother is an evangelical Christian. How did she deal with her son's mental health problems? She prayed. And she took him from church to church, looking for a church that could perform a proper exorcism.

Think about that. An atrocity in the making. A crazy, violent young man. A loving mother. What did this young man need? He apparently needed the help of mental health professionals, medication, and probably institutionalization. What did he receive? Religion. The mother's worldview is so trimmed down by her medieval religious views that, due to her actions and inactions, 32 people died horrific and unnecessary deaths.

Here's the amazing thing: you can't blame the mother. According to the Bible, the mother was right! Demonic possession really happens. And Jesus can heal it. Nowhere in the Bible are psychiatrists mentioned, or anti-psychotic medication. The Bible says this young man needed Jesus. That's what he got, and we see what that got us.

As an aside, where was the mother's loving, all-knowing, all-powerful god on the morning of April 16, 2007? The only honest answer appears to be: In the mother's imagination.


  1. 55,000,000 innocent victims were slaughtered in American Death Camps/clinics, swince 1973. Their mothers paid the people to slaughter their children!

    They make Stalin & Hitler look like Boy Scouts.

  2. Shalom,

    Acknowledging the good work of atheists, skeptics & agnostics to force theists to think for themselves, I would strongly warn you against holding up the Cult of Psychiatry as an answer to peoples needs.

    Please, please Google, Peter R. Breggin, M.D & purchase his book, MEDICATION MADNESS: The Role of Psychiatric Drugs in Cases of Violence, Suicide, and Crime.

    You will never be the same again.

    If you talk to God, you are praying;
    If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia.

    --Thomas S. Szasz, The Second Sin,
    Anchor/Doubleday, Garden City, NY. 1973, Page 113.

    Google Thomas S. Szasz.

    ALL religions are man's futile attempt to make sense of a senseless world. Like a child with its "comfort-blanket", people attempt to protect themselves from the unknown.

    A child finally grows out of its need for its "comfort-blanket", but usually finds a substitute.

    We must look to nature for inspiration & attempt to understand what is going on.

    I agree that the religions of the world are INFANTILE & what is worse, they are being used to control the masses.