What Would Jeezus Do vs. What Would Justice Look Like?

[CONTENT NOTE: child death, neglect and abuse at the link; violent vigilante justice fantasies by Yours Truly in this very post.]

I read with mounting horror and visceral disgust this investigative report about religious day care centers, which in many states are unregulated or poorly regulated compared with their secular counterparts because Jeezus ‘n FREEDOM® ‘stuff. In practice, what this means is that regulations regarding child-to-staff ratios, child care training, safety certifications (such as CPR) and other common sense rules otherwise required for licensing do not apply, with entirely predictable, avoidable and tragic results. Worse, when parents seek justice, they are frequently denied it. And of course these bastions of state/church separation (when it comes to regulation) are only too happy to rely on our tax dollars in the form of childcare subsidies.

It seems to me that when entirely foreseeable harms occur, those who exploit these special religious exemptions, as well as those who enact the laws that exempt them, ought to be subject to a special form of justice, too.

Biblical justice.

You know: an eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, if your hand causes you to sin then you have to rip out your own eye (or something like that – it’s been a while). What would that kind of justice look like?

Well for starters, these fine folks could be left to rot in their own filth until their infected skin bleeds and blisters. Left to lie in their own vomit, and endure high fevers and broken bones without medical intervention. Left to wander a minefield of unknown deadly dangers, like their peers chasing them with butcher knives, and deep pools to drown in. Left restrained in positions that cause them to suffocate, with no one around who can revive them.

That sort of thing.

Come to think of it, this kind of special snowflake justice should also be meted out to all the small government/low taxes shriekers, “religious freedom” defenders and fevered deregulation proponents too, whenever innocent people are killed and egregiously harmed as a direct result of their policies in action.

Have a nice day.


  1. freemage says

    It’s always amazed me at the religious right’s ability to ignore the fact that their heavily fictionalized superhero is portrayed in the books as having been actually mad–angry enough to leave aside all that forgiveness twaddle and drive the offender from his presence–exactly twice: moneylenders in the temple, and Satan in the wilderness. On both occasions, the charge was hypocrisy. One would think that that would actually give them some fucking pause.

    It’s almost enough to make my atheist ass wish there really were a Hell.

  2. DonDueed says

    Why be so merciful? Give them the punishment they deserve: lock ’em in with a bunch of squirrels.

  3. cmutter says

    There was a shadenfreudilicious twist to a Christian arbitration case in Louisiana, where a teacher got fired apparently for objecting to sexual harassment. She sued, the school said her employment agreement required Christian arbitration.
    They went, the arbiter dismissed her harassment claims but found the termination wrongful per Matthew 18:15 (they didn’t confront her about their problems, just fired her with no explanation), awarding her damages.
    The school appealed saying that was contrary to Louisiana law, various courts said “haha no.”
    Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/11/03/business/dealbook/in-religious-arbitration-scripture-is-the-rule-of-law.html?_r=0