It is nice to see these religious wingnuts get what’s coming to them, but it’s a shame that they’re allowed to perform the horrors in the first place. Had this idiot been stopped before he murdered his son, this wouldn’t have been a story. Believe it or not, I’d really love to see the need for the Religious Horror Show go away entirely.
Benjamin Edetanlen beat his 5-year old son to death. Unfortunately, that’s not too unusual these days, there are lots of crazies out there who are unable to properly discipline their children, but in this case, of course, religion is involved. Not only involved, Benjamin actively defends his actions by quoting Proverbs 23: 13-14 which reads: “Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you beat him with a rod, he will not die. If you beat him with the rod you will save his soul from Sheol.”
Yeah, but in this case, he did die, yet instead of being sorry for what he’s done, or horrified that he’s killed his own child, Benjamin seems proud of it. He’s just doing what God said to do, after all.
And that’s not all. According to Assistant District Attorney Dalia Racine, Edetanlen has done the same to his other children, a two-year old girl and a one-year old boy. His lawyer defended his actions, “Mr. Edetanlen firmly believed in the adage, you know, spare the rod and spoil the child,” defense attorney Ingrid McGaughey said.
At least in this case, he’s going away for 18 years but that’s just not enough. He was originally charged with murder, but plead down to involuntary manslaughter and child cruelty. Personally, I think they need to put him in a rubber room, anyone who would believe the Bible and kill their child ought to be taken out and hung in public.
Yet another case for the Religious Horror Show.