Overall I tend to have a pretty positive view of our species, despite all of the horrible things that have been done by us. Then I come across stories like the one posted by PZ Myers today (1) that makes me really fucking hate humanity!
Like most cults, [the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints are] very protective of their own and hate apostates passionately. They must send a message to anyone who dares leave the church, as Isaac Wyler discovered. He found a kitten on his property: a kitten half-encased in concrete, which suffered for a little while before it died.
I know this isn’t even close in scale to some of the horrors committed in the past by humanity, but fuck! It just baffles me to see the horrors that some people will do just to make a point about their imaginary piece of shit sky fairy. I know I shouldn’t be surprised anymore, but the fact that is isn’t unexpected doesn’t make me any less angry. There is a video of the kitten as well. I haven’t watched it; I just can’t bring myself to do it.
Reading through the comments on a Huffington Post article on the subject (a site I normally steer clear of), it’s sad to see all of the “he/she is in a better place now” comments. I know that these people are just trying to deal with it the best way they know how, but this attitude is nothing but a distraction. It’s just a placation that ultimately says “evil is OK because my sky fairies ultimate justice will even things out in the end.” This behavior not OK! This unfortunate kitten is not in a better place. He/she is dead. That’s it. End of story. And the reason this kitten is dead is, more likely than not, because of religion. Stupid…fucking…religion.
(1) Myers, PZ. “How can anyone do that to a kitten?” Pharyngula. 9th July, 2012. Available: http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/07/09/how-can-anyone-do-that-to-a-kitten
(2) Moye, David. “Cat Buried Alive In Concrete A Warning Message From Polygamists?” Huffington Post. 9th July, 2012. Available: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/cat-buried-in-concrete-colorado-city-az_n_1660320.html