Wed 8 Sep, 2004 09:00 am
Today's newspaper reports that a "Clark County man appeared Tuesday in Superior Court on an accusation of first-degree assault of a child after police said he tried to circumcise his 8 year-old son with a knife.
Edwin B. Baxter, 33, was ordered held in the Clark County Jail on $50,000 bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 17.
Medics and police went to Baxter's home Friday after he called 9-1-1, alarmed at his son's loss of blood, according to court documents. Baxter told authorities he had read two passages in the Bible about the practice and decided to circmcise his son, the document said.
The boy was treated at Southwest Washington Medical Center and later released."
Was the man practicing his religion in a way that he saw fit or is he guilty of assault? What do you think the court will decide?
Re: The Bible Made Me Do It.
Was the man practicing his religion in a way that he saw fit or is he guilty of assault?
Why can't it be both?
I suppose it can be both - but one would most likely end up with him in jail and the other wouldn't.
Stupid stupid man! I think they should throw the book at him just because he's so stupid. He hurt his baby because of something he read. Again, stupid stupid man!!!!
I'm curious to know what the two Bible passages he read were. Does anybody know?
I think the father probably did psychologically maim his kid. This boy was 8 years old and his father took a knife to his penis. At 8 the boy was certainly old enough to offer some resistence so I imagine that the conversation leading to this was quite interesting.
A literal interpretation of the Bible is certainly problematic.
I would dearly love to be the judge in this case. I'd read this guy the passage that says, "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth," then sentence him to have his penis sliced.