Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Priest drowns baby during baptism

This is just sad:
A priest in eastern Europe has been accused of drowning a baby boy as he baptised him.
Father Valentin had denied being responsible for the baby's death during the baptism in Moldova.
The six-week-old baby died on the way to hospital and an autopsy found he had drowned, the baby's dad Dumitru Gaidau told Romania's Publica TV.
Mr Gaidau, 36, said his son was clearly in distress during the ceremony.

"He couldn't inhale, his face turned blue and he was foaming at the mouth. He [the priest] said we should not interrupt this their ritual," he said.
"We couldn't believe it that he just put his hand over his belly and over the head and submerged him three times in the water."
When the baby's angry relatives confronted the priest, he told them he knew what he was doing and was experienced at baptisms, Ms Vacarciuc said.
If found guilty of accidental homicide, Father Valentin could spend three years in jail.

He was obviously experienced with baptisms, he did that part right.  What he doesn't have experience with is common sense, basic medical care of an infant, and human decency.  Only religious wing-nuts could decide it was worse to interrupt an idiotic bronze-age ceremony than to make sure a baby isn't fucking drowning.  Perhaps the parents and family will get a clue and stop putting children at risk around these fools.

Would it be considered accidental homicide if I submerged the priest's head in water for a few minutes (or hours)?  What if I told you it was part of my religious tradition?
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