A 7-year old boy is traveling around the country, standing on street corners and preaching hellfire at passers-by (you can hear him in a recording, too). He’s part of a caravan of Baptists making an expedition up to the land of the Yankees to tell us all we’re going to hell.
Is this abuse? The poor kid is wasting time on the Bible and haranguing random people at the behest of his parents. Oh, excuse me, at the behest of God.
The evangelical Baptist couple nurtured his talents with Bible readings in the womb and bought Samuel his first guitar at age four, said his mother. They read the Bible together every day as a family and have home-schooled their two boys.
Asked if their son is being exploited, his mother said, “We’re not making him preach. That’s God’s job.”
So if it is child abuse and exploitation, it’s all god’s fault? Can we have him arrested for that? I do wish we could arrest all those parents who use homeschooling as an excuse to keep their children ignorant.
Maybe if we monitor this kid, will be able to get evidence for the existence of god when we catch him compelling a 7-year old to do unnatural acts, like bible study. Especially since he doesn’t seem entirely enthusiastic about the occupation his parents have chosen for him.
Samuel, who studies the Bible for about one hour each night, wasn’t sure if he wanted to grow up to be a minister.
“It’s harder to learn to be a pastor than to preach,” he said haltingly.
If he’s a typical young boy, he’d probably rather be a baseball player or fireman. I also hate to say it, but from the recording he’s not a very good preacher, either, and I hope he doesn’t dream of a career in music.
I find it all sad and depressing and unfortunate for the kid, so I’d have to say this is an example of religiously-motivated intellectual abuse. I wish I knew what we could do about it.