Religious lunatic cuts off and microwaves own hand
Mark Robinson of the Clarington Durham Regional Humanists reviews the MSNBC story of a dangerously devout Christian man in his mid-20s who amputated and microwaved his hand, which be believed bore the “mark of the beast”. Amazing how people can believe in a God that supposedly inspired this sort of thing to be written in a book meant to be the highest moral authority. And this is NEW TESTAMENT material! Of course, apologists will say things like “this represents the imperfection of the humans who transcribed the Bible” or “the Bible was written at a different time” (I thought God’s moral standards were supposed to be absolute; if not, surely he would have had the foresight to clarify under what conditions such barbarism would be the moral thing to do). Read on to see Mark’s review.
Idaho man cuts off hand, microwaves ithttp://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22573021HAYDEN, Idaho – A man who believed he bore the “mark of the beast” used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then cooked it in the microwave and called 911, authorities said.
The man, in his mid-20s, was calm when Kootenai County sheriff’s deputies arrived Saturday in this northern Idaho town. He was in protective custody in the mental health unit of Kootenai Medical Center.
“It had been somewhat cooked by the time the deputy arrived,” sheriff’s Capt. Ben Wolfinger said. “He put a tourniquet on his arm before, so he didn’t bleed to death. That kind of mental illness is just sad.”
It was not immediately clear whether the man has a history of mental illness. Hospital spokeswoman Lisa Johnson would not say whether an attempt was made to reattach the hand, citing patient confidentiality.
The Book of Revelation in the New Testament contains a passage in which an angel is quoted as saying: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury.”
The book of Matthew also contains the passage: “And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for you whole body to do into hell.”