It is really disturbing when I realize that the Horror Show Sunday stories that I’m writing are often almost a year old because there are so many of them, I’m that backed up. Even when I plug in a whole week of stories, it doesn’t do much to get rid of the backlog and since I come across new stories at least every other day, it looks like the horror stories aren’t going away any time soon.
Case in point, two Christian homeschoolers in Georgia have been charged with locking their son in the basement for two years because he took the family DVD player without permission. The police painted a grim picture of the event. According to Corporal Jake Smith, a representative of the Gwinnett, Georgia police department, “The victim had been confined to the room for most of the past two years and a lock had been added to the victim’s room in January 2013. The victim had no access to books, toys, entertainment devices, or his siblings.” If he had no access to books, how was he being homeschooled?
The parents are Recardo and Therian Wimbush, who are reported to be extreme fundamentalist Christians. They advocate constant prayer and insist on calling their deity by the ancient Hebrew name of “Yah”. Neighbors called the authorities and Child Protective Services found the boy confined to the basement.
A neighbor, Pam Harris, said, ” They were a very odd family, they had ten children who were all home schooled and nicely dressed but weren’t allowed to be sociable. You would never see the children playing outside on their own or in twos or threes, they would only ever go outside all together as a family with the parents watching. They seemed very strict disciplinarians. They didn’t believe in Christmas and didn’t celebrate Halloween. If children in the neighborhood knocked on their door for trick or treat the parents would hand out bibles instead of candy.”
Luckily, the judge pulled all of the children from the home and placed them in the foster care system. I’m generally not a fan of such things, but here, I think it was absolutely called for. Not only is there proof of abuse in the home but they’re not teaching their kids anything at all. I’m wondering how much time it will take, back in the public schools, for the kids to catch up to where they ought to be.
This is just another case where the fanatically religious are unfit to raise children or be a part of polite society. Hopefully they get the help they need to get rid of these absurd evangelical beliefs and can deal with the real world a bit better.