Long-time readers of The Burning Taper know that I find stories about the bizarre things people do in the "name of Jesus" fascinating. These stories to me are like train wrecks I just can't ignore.
Personally, I think the entire Christian religion could be pared down to two Bible passages: 1 John 4:8 and Luke 10:25-34. The first passage says, "God is love." The second passage is the story of the Good Samaritan, where the punch line is, "Love thy neighbor as thyself."
All else is just further explanation of these two passages. Unfortunately, the rest of the Bible seems to confuse some people greatly, giving us whacked-out nutball Christians like Jimmy Swaggart, Tim Haggard, and those crusty bastards at the Westboro Baptist Church.
And now these idiots.
"Queen Antoinette," "Princess Trevia," and "Prince Marcus," starved to death one-year old Javon Thompson because he supposedly refused to say "Amen" after a mealtime prayer. Five other members of the Maryland household, including the baby's mother Ria Ramkissoon, also failed to feed Javon, under orders from their "queen."
Queen Antoinette said that Javon had a "spirit of rebellion" in him.
The child's mummified body was found in a suitcase over a year after he died. The "queen" said that one day Javon would be resurrected.
The trio submitted only one piece of evidence at their murder and child abuse trial: a handwritten application for non-profit status for her organization, "1 Mind Ministries." In the application Queen Antoinette, whose real name is Toni Sloan, describes herself "as a chosen daughter of the most high God and a queen of Jesus Christ."
I could rant on this all day, but why bother? Read the story for yourself. Read 'em all. There are details in each story not in the other one.
Image: Left, Ria Ramkissoon and her son Javon Thompson; top right, Queen Antoinette aka Toni Sloane; bottom right, Trevia Williams, who is Sloan's daughter.
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