An horrific hate crime in the name of religion. This certainly shows that so called “religious rights” should never be blindly tolerated, particularly when no one outside the church seems to know what goes on behind closed doors. We shouldn’t have to wait for a tragedy to more closely scrutinize cults like this!
Beating deaths occur regularly, and for many reasons, but here’s one that can be imputed only to an extremist form of faith. As reported by both Reuters and CBS News/AP, two parents, Bruce and Deborah Leonard), have been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the beating death of their son Lucas (19), and assault on his brother Christopher (17) at the Word of Life Church in Chadwicks, New York. Their crimes? Being “sinful”: the beatings were administered to try to get the teenagers to admit their sin. Apparently the family drove the boys to a hospital and claimed that they had suffered gunshot wounds, but that’s just dumb, because there was no indication of such wounds, which of course don’t look like beating at all.
Four other church members, including the victims’ sister, were also arrested and jailed. All defendants are shown below.
The beatings were horrible:
Brutal beatings that left…
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