June 13, 2008

NYT: If you think about it, American Christians are kinda like Josef Fritzl

You stay classy, New York Times:

It was also from The Times, from May 19, and featured 70-odd girls, of “early grade school to college” age, with their fathers, stepfathers and fathers-in-law-to-be, at the ninth annual, largely evangelical “Father-Daughter Purity Ball."

[...]

“From this, it’s only a matter of degree to the man in Austria,” I’d scribbled across the first page.

The “man in Austria,” of course, was 73-year-old Josef Fritzl, who was around that time also making headlines after it was discovered that he had kept his daughter, Elisabeth, 42, locked up in a cellar for 24 years, during which time he’d raped her regularly, and had her bear him seven children.

[...]

Fritzl, a self-described “man of decency and good values,” had imprisoned his daughter after she began staying out all night and drinking. “I had to create a place where I could keep Elisabeth by force if necessary, away from the outside world,” he confessed.

Oh, and the article starts out by comparing the practice to Muslim women getting hymen replacement surgeries across Europe.


MORALEQUIVALENCEMANIA!!!

Anyway, I'm off to visit area churches for advice.  I need to get started on my family's dungeon. 

(h/t)

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