Word of Life Christian Church Pastor Tiffanie Irwin has plead guilty to manslaughter at her church where two brothers were beaten for hours during a religious counseling session. Her brother Joseph as well as Linda and David Morey, a mother and son, all plead guilty to aggravated assault.
The beatings which were perpetrated on brothers which lead to the death of Lucas Leonard, 19, and injured Christopher Leonard, 17. They took place when the brothers tried to leave the congregation. This started an all-night beating during which the brothers were beaten on their torsos and genitals with a cord. The surviving brother says they were accused of a variety of religious crimes, including having a voodoo doll.
Even the brothers’ parents got into the act and plead guilty to assault. Several other congregation members were likewise found guilty of similar crimes. The boys were found bound in the converted New Hartford school that currently housed the church.
And they say religion doesn’t hurt anyone.
Unfortunately, stories like this are not at all uncommon, Horror Show Sunday is chock full of them, where the religious, instead of allowing people to walk away from their churches, they engage in deadly violence and probably aren’t even sorry when they get caught. Does Tiffanie Irwin look guilty in the photo above? I sure don’t think so.
But that’s what happens when you’re more emotional than you are rational. When you’re only concerned with what you feel and not at all with whether or not your beliefs are true. It’s why people die so often at the hands of the clergy and their congregations. Because trying to walk away from the crazy beliefs of fanatics cannot be tolerated and people who try must be stopped at all costs, even if it costs them their lives. This is what religion does to people. Who can dare deny it?