Horror Show Sunday: I Cast You Out!

Even the granddaughter of “God” isn’t safe from the religious lunatics of the world.  The granddaughter of actor Morgan Freeman, who played God in Bruce Almighty, was murdered in cold blood on the streets of New York City by her religiously delusional boyfriend who was trying to “exorcise” the supposed demons from her body.

E’Dena Hines was stabbed 16 times with a hunting knife by her boyfriend, Lamar Davenport, as he ranted “Get out, devils! I cast you out, devils! In the name of Jesus Christ, I cast you out!”  Eyewitnesses to the attack believe Davenport was in the midst of a drug-induced psychosis so strong, that even after police pulled him off of Hines’ lifeless body, he continued trying to stab her, screaming “Jesus Christ is born!”

Sure, that seems like the actions of a rational individual, doesn’t it?

Davenport, an actor and rapper called “Lyric” was a known drug abuser who had two children from other mothers and had been arrested six times for drug offenses and petty larceny.  Sounds like a really good guy!  At least he has religion! He’d better, he’s been taken New York-Presbyterian Hospital for a psychological evaluation and has been charged with first degree murder. Of course, that depends on him being declared mentally competent to stand trial and with the drugs and religion addling his brain, that’s not a sure bet.

Now I wish I could say that this was an isolated incident, but we find these kind of stories continually through the Religious Horror Show.  Lots of people who try to kill their kids, try to kill their partners, try to kill random strangers because they believe God told them to, this gets to the heart of the matter of why religion is harmful.  Because it gives the already mentally challenged a good reason to act on their violent impulses.  That’s where unfortunate murder victims like E’Dena Hines wind up as poster children for Horror Show Sunday.

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