The bizarre story of the kidnapping and breeding of Jayzee Dugard came to light yesterday. Abducted from South Lake Tahoe in 1991, she lived in a backyard in Antioch (a community about 50 miles east of here) as was forced to breed with her captor producing two offspring.
How did all of this come to light? The two children were with the alleged perpetrator in Berkeley handing out religious literature and attracted the attention of local cops who tipped off the parole officer of the perp.
He also started a corporation called “god’s desire” to help spread the word, which he appeared to be using the children to do. Between priests that can’t keep their hands off children and preachers who seem to want to have illicit liaisons, and religions who seem to want polygamy, often with children, how can “regular” people still defend religion? And more to the point, where’s god in all this?
I don’t need some arcane ethical or mystical figure to know this horse hockey is wrong. Surely the faithful also see this is wrong. And, where is god? Wouldn’t a just, moral, ethical god smite these sinners – hitting them with lightning bolts left and right – for confusing “real, compassionate religion” from what these sick morons practice?
From the outside, it all looks the same to a non-believer. People talking to imaginary friends. How is it possible for me to determine if the imaginary friend the faithful talk to is saying “be kind, turn the other cheek” or “go kidnap that beautiful little girl, keep her in captivity, rape her, and force her to have your children?”
Since becoming a father, this stuff hits me harder than it used to. I can’t imagine the pain of the child or the pain of the family in this instance. That it was no doubt sanctioned by god makes it even worse. We should wise up as a society and get the god out, along with the morally bankrupt religion that supports and justifies it.