Phillip CaminitiIt’s about time these idiots get what they deserve.  I’m sick and tired or watching the religious hide behind their  religion and use it as justification for abominable acts of cruelty and violence.  This is one such case where the public wins a victory over these animals.  In Black Earth, Wisconsin, Pastor Philip Caminiti, 55, pastor of Aleitheia Bible Church, has been sentenced to two years in prison for the repeated instruction and encouragement for followers to beat their children with wooden spoons and similar objects.  Caminiti was found guilty of eight counts of conspiracy to commit child abuse for insisting that church members beat their children, following the Biblical teaching of “spare the rod, spoil the child”.  Some of the children involved were younger than 2 years old.

Caminiti’s lawyer wanted probation, but according to Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi, the sentence was made, in part, because “there was and continues to this day no expression of remorse or repentance for the consequences of those actions, or what the whole chain of events has led the family and the community through.”  Once released from prison, Caminiti will be on 6 years of extended supervision and prohibited from being in contact with members of the church.  Prosecutor Shelly Rusch had asked for 5 years in prison and 15 years of extended supervision, referring to him as “the spoke in the wheel of this conspiracy.”  She said that Caminiti was unlikely to change his beliefs or his behavior regardless of the amount of punishment he received.  In fact, they were worried that unless they restricted his access to the church, he would continue to preach the same message from behind bars.  According to Rusch, “He will submit to no one.”

Caminiti’s brother John, 45, was also charged with beating young children with rods and dowels, as well as forcibly keeping his wife and children from contacting anyone outside of the faith, keeping them locked in their rooms until they promise to respect his wishes.  John is also accused of four counts of intentional mental harm to a child.

Now I’m not adverse to spanking a child who really deserves it, it can have a place in a proper disciplinary system, but it’s one thing to spank and another to beat with a stick.  It’s still another to beat a child for what Caminiti was demanding, for crying.  Sorry, crying is what children do, deal with it.  There is a point where discipline goes over the line into downright abuse and Caminiti, beating on his Bible, has done just that.  Worse, he’s decided that he and his absurd beliefs are above the law and he’s going to do what he wants to do, whether he believes some imaginary friend told him to or not, regardless of what society says.

That’s right where it stops being a civil rights issue and descends into the Religious Horror Show.

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