Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Christian cultists convicted of starving baby to death

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.And then tell me what it is about Christianity that brings out the crazy in so many people?

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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  1. And then tell me what it is about Christianity that brings out the crazy in so many people?

    I'll be interested to see if anyone has the answer. I ask myself this same question, daily. Here is one from a local paper (this particular article doesn't go into great detail, but others have indicated there several exorcisms practiced over the 'teen' to drive the devil out and draw Christ back into her.)

    If her parents or the parents of baby Javon are any indication of what is considered "Christlike", bring on the debbil, I say.

    Bat shit crazee.

  2. Thanks for the story. It's both upsetting and revolting to see so many parents abusing their children, and abusing them to death, since they claim to be followers of He Who encouraged little children to come to Him "for such are the Kingdom of Heaven".

    In a related vein, I'd also like to post a link relating to another death caused by someone who follows the "teachings" of "Christian Counselor" Michael Pearl, who encourages whipping children with plumbing pipe to "break their spirits for Christ".

    I'm sorry, but this makes my blood boil when hearing about such things.

  3. I don't think it's Christianity itself. None of the teachings of Christ point to these kinds of actions. Rather, it is more of extremism that causes these things to happen. People of any faith or belief do crazy things when they look past the mark. I feel sorry for this family and the negative light they portray.

  4. I saw something the other day that said "Jesus is pretty cool, but some of his followers scare the crap out of me." This is a pretty good example of that.


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