Stranger Fruit

From Reuters:

A man shouting that God would keep him safe was mauled to death by a lioness in Kiev zoo after he crept into the animal’s enclosure, a zoo official said on Monday.

“The man shouted ‘God will save me, if he exists’, lowered himself by a rope into the enclosure, took his shoes off and went up to the lions,” the official said.

“A lioness went straight for him, knocked him down and severed his carotid artery.”

Well, that takes care of that burning question.


  1. #1 J-Dog
    June 5, 2006

    Obviously, God wants a person of stronger faith… Can we take up a collection for 1-way tickets to Kiev for Pat Roberson, Bill Dembski, Casey Luskin?

  2. #2 CanuckRob
    June 5, 2006

    More evidence that natural selection is an effective method of “improving” the species.

  3. #3 mythusmage
    June 6, 2006

    God (Answering a reporter’s question): You know, if he just hadn’t qualified his statement…

  4. #4 mark
    June 6, 2006

    Don’t drop your faith just yet…
    As we know from the cult of the snake-tossers in “the hills of Zion,” God protects the faithful from the venomous serpents (and jars of poison). But it’s important for God to show us, lest we become skeptical of the real risk presented by the snakes or poison, that these things really can kill us. So go ahead, jump into the lions’ cage–you now know they’re really killers, but God will protect you. Don’t wait too long, or it might be time again for God to demonstrate that they really can kill.

  5. #5 Paul S
    June 6, 2006

    If the question was “Is this man insane?” then that would cover it. If the question was “does God exist?” then the experiment was badly flawed.

    I trust everyone here is bright enough to realize that the story actually has nothing to do with the second question.

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