Child-abuse and suicide in a fundamentalist Christian family. News + my opinion on how religion affected Zeller's life and death.
I looked at this briefly and it's sad very sad. I've been there but will never attempt suicide - if I do go off the deep end due to massive and consistent trauma I will take my grievances out on those who cause them and die trying (or be imprisoned - survival is unlikely seeing as how all faith is my enemy, the war would never end). Faith being abuse in and of itself is most certainly the greatest cause for this man's suicide.
"10 million Americans have been victims of incest"
Abuse is whenever free thought/will is suppressed, so incest is not the problem, rape is. You cannot be a victim on incest - look up the definition of the word and you will find all sorts of interesting things.
Pretty sure I responded to this already. Regardless I'll just copy over my response from the last one.
We really should quit calling sexual abuse of children anything other then what it actually is, rape. He was raped as a child, just like those kids raped by figures in various churches in both the Protestant and Catholic side of Christianity.
I would just like to point out one thing...
When something like this happens we all like to pretend like we care about others, we pretend that we are good people and we convince ourselves of this not by our actions but by writing it down over and over. We make a promise to never let this happen to anyone else, and then latter on in the day we betray a perceivably weaker man for some arbitrary reason, either out of some reptilian animal instinct or by conditioned responses. Those like Bill, and there are many out there, who truly know what it means to be a HUMAN-BEING are simply too scarce.
We are the hollow men
We are the stuffed men
Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!
Our dried voices, when
We whisper together
Are quiet and meaningless
As wind in dry grass
Or rats' feet over broken glass
In our dry cellar
Shape without form, shade without colour,
Paralysed force, gesture without motion;
Those who have crossed
With direct eyes, to death's other Kingdom
Remember us -- if at all -- not as lost
Violent souls, but only
As the hollow men
The stuffed men.
Take a look at our society, zoom out as far as you can and take a real good look at how things break down and work... if you are not fighting this broken thing, then you are working for it. I'm willing to bet that no one on this site is fighting it, sadly including myself... so what then are we doing?
We are responsible for Bill Zeller's death, and its important for you all to understand that!
Bill Zeller, a man with more integrity and humanity than humanity in the 21st century.
-I can only imagine how many of you will completely miss the meaning of this message... then again you've all ceased to amaze me as of 9/11/2002... yes I realize that is one year after...
And yes religion did play a role in his death, especially the stigma attached to being a rape victim... things like that are only a big deal if you have to bury it deep inside of you, and thats what Bill did because he felt his life would be over if that information got out... he was right... society for the most part does not tolerate people who speak out about their problems, who put them out in the open... for the purpose of feeling better... and all this because....
Because pharmaceutical companies would rather sell you drugs, and hospitals would rather hire "Behavioral Health" professionals, rather than having a society where people can talk to and trust one another.
There I feel this to be a sufficient rant... feast my minions!
Of course I do... I also have them make my tinfoil hats :D
Haha, love the deflection tactic... from my entire post the last word of it carried the most weight in your mind.