What’s a little exorcism between friends?

November 27, 2007

My friend Paul has pointed out yet another story for anyone who thinks that traditional beliefs and religion are necessarily a positive:

A 14-year-old New Zealand girl nearly lost her eyesight when her eyes were gouged by relatives in a Maori exorcism ceremony in which her cousin died, a report said Monday.

The girl is recovering after emergency operations on her eyes to save her sight after relatives scratched at her eyes to remove the devil, the Dominion Post newspaper said, quoting unnamed sources.
The girl’s cousin, 22-year-old Janet Moses, drowned during the October 12 ceremony, which reportedly left the house ankle deep in water.

The ceremony was reportedly held to remove a Maori curse after Moses’ sister stole a stone lion from outside a hotel.

That is deeply messed up.

Do I have to say the obvious? Families (whatever their makeup) exist to protect their children and each other. Any belief system that results in this kind of outcome is not only morally bankrupt but criminally culpable for suborning this despicable abuse of power and trust.

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