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Teenagers beaten, one fatally, by New York church members hoping for confessions of sin

October 17, 2015

“There are no atheists, at least no sane ones, who claim that all the ills of the world would be cured if we only got rid of religion. That’s nonsense: to paraphrase Steve Weinberg, in this world good people (many of them believers) do good things, and bad people do bad things. But there are some cases where religious beliefs motivate people to do bad things that they wouldn’t have done otherwise. That is undeniable. This is such a case, and it cost a young man his life. The defendants are the American equivalent of those ISIS members who torture apostates and Yazidi for their own “sins”: not accepting the proper faith.”

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Beating deaths occur regularly, and for many reasons, but here’s one that can be imputed only to an extremist form of faith. As reported by both Reuters and CBS News/AP, two parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard), have been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of their son Lucas (19), and assault on his brother Christopher (17) at the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York. Their crimes? Being “sinful”: the beatings were administered to try to get the teenagers to admit their sin.  Apparently the family drove the boys to a hospital and claimed that they had suffered gunshot wounds, but that’s just dumb, because there was no indication of such wounds, which of course don’t look like beating at all.

Four other church members, including the victims’ sister, were also arrested and jailed.  All defendants are shown below.

The beatings were horrible:

Brutal beatings that left…

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