New Zealand girl killed in exorcism, cousin nearly blinded
In yet another fatal display of why people shouldn’t be left to believe whatever the hell they feel like, a botched (or possibly successful, it’s hard to tell) Maori exorcism has left one teenage girl drowned and another barely retaining her eyesight after her family tried to gouge out her eyes.
The thing about this that bothers me the most is that after the first girl died, they continued working on the second girl, while 40 of her family members stood around watching and presumably did nothing to call the deadly farce to a halt! Surely, even if you genuinely believe you’re helping someone by submitting them to eye-gouging and forcing water down their throats while you hold them down and they stuggle and gasp for air and cry for mercy… surely at the point where the first one dies, you stop and wonder if maybe you’re doing something wrong? Isn’t there a tiny part of your brain that says ‘hang on here, this can’t be right’?
Well, apparently not. It seems that bit gets cauterized early on in the belief process, or I guess you wouldn’t believe in exorcism and curses in the first place. And I can only suppose from the evidence that the remaining hole in your brain gets filled up with stupid.