Tuesday, February 23, 2010
If you ever needed proof that religion causes mental illness then here it is.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
The leader of a US religious cult was “outraged” when a one-year-old boy did not say “Amen” before a meal and ordered her followers to deprive him of food and water until he died, a prosecutor told jurors on Monday.
Three members of the now-defunct cult known as 1 Mind Ministries are on trial for murder in the death of Javon Thompson, who was around 16-months-old when he died of starvation and dehydration in either December 2006 or January 2007, according to authorities.
After the boy died, the cult members prayed for his resurrection, then destroyed all evidence of his death and stuffed his body in a suitcase, which they hid in a shed behind a home in Philadelphia, Assistant State’s Attorney Julie Drake told jurors.
The jury of seven men and five women listened intently as Drake recounted how Javon’s mother, Ria Ramkissoon, was recruited into the cult and did nothing to stop her son from wasting away, even though she was “distraught” over his slow and agonising death.
Ramkissoon pleaded guilty last year to child abuse resulting in death and plans to testify against Antoinette, Williams and Cobbs. At her insistence, the plea deal included an extraordinary provision: If Javon comes back to life, the plea will be vacated.
Ramkissoon, then a teenage single mother, joined the cult because she wanted to become a Christian.
The power of cults over the human mind can be very great and persuasive. Look at Patty Hearst. Here was a young woman, an heiress no less, who was kept in a closet for months and ultimately joined her captors and robbed a bank. The woman in this piece sounds to be uneducated and not terribly sophisticated. Her maternal instincts were abdicated by the promise made to her by the cult that she would “become a Christian.” Whatever that meant.
You could promise me a winning Powerball ticket with all six numbers guaranteeing me the largest jackpot in history and I wouldn’t let my children starve to death.
In fact, if someone tried, they had better have me locked up in a steel-bar jail because I would think nothing of offing anyone who tried to harm my loved ones.
Parental love is one of the strongest forces in life.
As the mother of two, there isn’t anything that could make me starve my children to death. I would sell my body to the next buyer to earn money to buy food and feed my daughters. There is something seriously wrong with this woman and the cult exploited her shortcomings.
At her insistence, the plea deal included an extraordinary provision: If Javon comes back to life, the plea will be vacated.
So the judge presiding allow this in? Is he as insane as the mother and the cult members?
I seriously hope the judge is disbarred over this.
Good catch, Daniel. I didn’t see it.
Ultimately, the judge controls what is allowed into a case and resurrection of the dead is not case law.
What if he comes back on a piece of toast? Oh wait, only Jeebus does that.
Do you know what happens when a person starves to death? Your body begins to feed on itself, breaking down the proteins in the vital organs like the heart, kidney and liver.
Starving to death is slow and painful. It’s the ultimate act of cruelty. To think this stupid bitch would allow her child to die this way — so she could become a Christian, is a comment on the pathology of religion and the people who adhere to it.
The mother committed murder. Plain and simple.
So much for “pro life.”
they should all starve to death for doing this to another human. sick to my tummy. how can u go have dinner and know ur child is starving crying sick ect in the next room. the mom is as much as a cruel bitch as the cult leaders