Killing in the name of GOD!
The HuffingtonPost wrote a blood-curdling article yesterday and I haven’t been able to shake it. It’s about an actor named Michael Brea who plays bit roles on the television series ‘Ugly Betty’. He was accused of “slaying his mother with a sword, and he has confessed to the crime, which he describes as God’s work”. So I guess he’s only “accused” because he hasn’t been convicted yet. But, he will. So, what did he confess to? Well…
“I didn’t kill her. I killed the demon inside her,” he said in an interview with New York’s Daily News.
Brea, 31, is being psychiatrically evaluated at Bellevue Hospital. He said that while riding the subway home from the Prince Hall Masonic Temple in Harlem on Monday, he heard voices and felt powerful. Strangers began speaking to him about his mother and he “felt like Neo from ‘The Matrix.’”
When he got home to the Prospect Heights apartment he shared with his Haitian immigrant mother, Yannick, 55, he gave her a hug, knowing what he had to do. Brea went to his bedroom and readied a dagger and a 3-foot ceremonial Freemason sword to demolish her demons.
“I asked, ‘Do you believe in God?’ She said, ‘No, Michael no,’ and began screaming. I began slashing her like this,” he told the Daily News, demonstrating a hacking motion with his hand.
Brea said he chased his mother around the apartment while stabbing her with the sword, and photos paint a grisly picture of blood splattered on the walls, bed and floor. Soon the police arrived, but Brea felt protected by spirits and kept on slashing.
“I just kept cutting her. No one could stop me. I was doing the work of God,” he said.
Ok, so maybe he was a little emotionally disturbed. Maybe he was on some bad medication. Who knows? But, one drug I can guarantee he was on was RELIGION! Why is it that you don’t hear about atheist terrorists or atheist killings based on “voices in their head”? Religious people feel they are protected by their delusions and have a right to commit their violent acts because it’s justified by their god. The scariest part of the article was when they wrote, “soon the police arrived, but Brea felt protected by spirits and kept on slashing.” WOW. Cops are their, guns drawn (probably - I mean, the dude had a sword!) yet he continues to slice the demons out of the woman that gave birth to him. Why do we sweep this stuff under a rug?
Sure, we can call him “crazy” as I am sure that many in the religious right will do to keep this story from seeming all to plausible to happen again. But, the truth is, it WILL happen again and has happened thousands of times in the past. Yes, we all know about the crusades and the holocaust and the religious fervor behind those massacres. Death and violence have always been associated with religion but we ignore it when it’s a single death like this and we call it an “isolated incident”. STOP… STOP telling yourselves this. This man brutally slaughtered his own mother with a sword (and not quickly) in several rooms in their apartment because… wait… HE THOUGHT SHE HAD DEMONS IN HER!
I have witnessed people holding children down, that were being rude and unruly in church, and pray for 30+ minutes over them to “expel the demons”. The kids were just hyper from the fucking candy they ate in Sunday school and were wailing the whole time. The prayers (and the forceful restraint) stop when the screaming does – they think the demons are gone. Take that a few steps further and you get this nonsense with Michael Brea. He knew murder was wrong. But, he didn’t think this was a crime. He thought he was doing the Lord’s work and “helping” his mother.
This is just another example of the biggest crime I see the church committing – they give rationalization for hate and crimes against humanity. The church condemns gays… so some people find it ok to murder them. The church condemns abortions… so some people find it justified to murder doctors and nurses that perform these procedures. The church upholds male dominance… so some people find solace in their church after beating their wife. The church condemns birth control… so millions of people around the world have unplanned pregnancies and/or catch sexually transmitted diseases that can kill them because they are told that “condoms are wrong”. The church condemns science (evolution)… so people try and push creationism in schools to raise another generation of ignorant children ripe for being taken advantage of by the church.
This is where reason and science prevail. Scientific knowledge has shown us that gay relationships are natural and normal (and that gay parents can be as good or better than straight ones). We know, thanks to medical science, that fetuses don’t have brainwaves (and therefore “life”) in the first trimester. It isn’t murder to abort a fetus or to abort to save a mother’s life – always a painful decision, but one that shouldn’t result in the condemnation of the mother, doctor, or nurses involved. We know that biologically men and women are very equal and have the same capabilities to love, reason, create, and contribute to society. Science has saved millions of lives, prevented millions of unplanned births, and slowed the spread of STDs including AIDS.
What has religion given us? Ask Michael Brea…