Horror Show Sunday: Down the Throat

Religious insanity is hard to justify, but when crazy people believe absurd things, violence and harm is not far behind.  Such is the case of Juanita Gomez, 49, a resident of Oklahoma, who became convinced that her daughter, 33-year-old Geneva, was possessed by a demon.  Because that’s something normal people believe.  Instead of seeking psychological help, which she certainly needed, she decided it would be a better idea to shove a crucifix down her daughter’s throat, punching her repeatedly at the same time, until she died. But of course, Juanita wasn’t too sorry to see her daughter die, instead she laid the bloody crucifix on her chest and arranged her dead body in the shape of a cross, which is how authorities found her.

Police say that Gomez admits to the murder, saying she was trying to “rid Satan from her daughter’s body.”  She was arrested and charged with first degree murder.  Too bad religious insanity isn’t a crime. But when she got to jail, she denied the court-appointed attorney, saying she already had one that “believes in God like me”.  I guess idiots flock together.

“I can’t imagine a mother doing that to her daughter, you know. I don’t have any words,” said a neighbor who didn’t want to be identified.  This is what happens when you take your imaginary friends seriously. But seriously, is anyone surprised?  This is yet another example of what happens when religion goes too far, when people lose the ability to think critically about the things they believe.  This is commonplace on Horror Show Sunday, people who hold insane religious beliefs strongly and people get hurt because of it. Because religion never hurts anyone, right?  But this crime simply could not have happened without the religious component.  It couldn’t have happened if Juanita wasn’t so fanatically faithful.  And because of it, her daughter Geneva has lost her life.  But I’m sure Juanita isn’t at all sorry.  She was fighting for her imaginary soul, after all.

 

2 thoughts on “Horror Show Sunday: Down the Throat

  1. She may have been seriously mentally ill (apart from what sounds like religious delusions), but it sad that one could find justification for her behavior in a certain book religious believers are fond of characterizing as "holy."

    1. I don't know if she was mentally ill or not, that tends to be an excuse people use for people who act outside of social norms. But what she absolutely was was a religious zealot, holding beliefs that mainstream theists also hold. She just acted on them while most theists would rationalize their way around doing so. That's really the only difference.

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