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Thursday, December 06, 2012

A tale of two seven-year-olds

This story is horrifying. That a woman could beat her seven-year-old son to death for beuing insufficiently good at memorising the Qu'ran is vile. This is the kind of thing that Islamophobes point to as "proof" that Muslims are uniquely lacking in human feelings, and are more concerned about details of religious observance than about their own families. They will doubtless look at this and say that it shows how submerged in Muslim vileness Britain is (despite the fact that the woman will be sent to prison for life).

So it struck me very forcefully when on the same day I read this story about a Christian couple in Las Vegas who appear to have beaten their seven-year-old son to death for failing to read the Bible (and when he appeared to be dead called a pastor for religious advice before calling an ambulance). Does this mean that Christians are uniquley lacking in feelings for their family, and are more concerned with their holy book than with the life or death of a child? Does it mean that the USA is full of filthy Christian child murderers?

Just asking.

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