The problem isn't that some freak on the fringes of religious lunacy killed a five year old. The problem is that he wasn't really that far from the mainstream in sentiment -- only in the severity of his response to his own bigotry.

http://www.examiner.com/atheism-in-atlanta/five-year-old-killed-for...

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That's awful. Just fucking awful.
"All the participants were members of a religious sect known as the Black Hebrews. They believe they are direct descendants of the ancient tribes of Israel. Their beliefs are based on the Bible. "

another article here with more detail. abc news.

"A six-year-old North Carolina boy, Jadon Higganbothan, has been missing since October -- and is now feared dead after an informant told police that the leader of a polygamous cult shot the boy in a fit of rage. The boy's mother, Vania Sisk, also may have shot and killed a woman, Antoinetta McKoy, who hasn't been heard from since December, according to a search warrant. "

This is one psycho cult.
I use stories like these when someone asks, "How is religion bad?"  I wish the stories didn't exist and I had to come up with a different answer. So sad.

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