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Religion at the root of yet another child’s murder

Roderick ‘RJ’ Arrington Jr, right and Yaseen Ege

JUST days after it was reported that a mother in the UK was found guilty of murdering her seven-year-old son when he failed to memorise passages of the Koran, we learn today that another boy, aged 7, was allegedly beaten to death in Las Vegas by his parents after failing to read the Bible or do his homework.

Roderick “RJ” Arrington Jr., was admitted to an area hospital on November 29. Hospital staff observed severe bruising and brain swelling, and the police were alerted. The boy died the following afternoon.

Police arrested the boy’s mother, Dina Palmer, 27, and stepfather, Markiece Palmer, 34, and charged them with the murder of the boy. Investigators said that Palmer “stood by and let her husband” shake and beat the boy to death.

According to KLAS, the arrest report detailed:

Open abrasions on [Arrington's] buttocks, severe bruising to his thighs, marks and bruises on his back and shoulders and evidence of previous beatings.

Markiece Palmer stated the second grade student was spanked on November 27 because he had lied about reading the Bible; he said the boy was also spanked the following day for not finishing his homework.

Police claim the boy’s stepfather beat him with a spatula, belt and possibly a wooden paddle. Dina Palmer allegedly struck her son on his buttocks with both a belt and her hand.

The couple reportedly called a pastor before dialing 911. KSNV wrote: Pastor Kenneth Hollingsworth says he’s as shocked as anyone that Markiece Palmer chose to call him before first-responders.

The Palmers appeared in court yesterday and each face charges of murder, child abuse and neglect

Earlier it was reported that a devout Muslim mother, Sara Ege, 33, was convicted of beating her son Yaseen to death at their home in Pontcanna, Cardiff, in July 2010 and setting fire to his body.

She was also found guilty of perverting the course of justice at Cardiff Crown Court. Sentencing was postponed until early next year.

The boy’s father, Yousuf Ege, 38, was acquitted of causing Yaseen’s death by failing to protect him.

His mother had pleaded not guilty to his murder and claimed her husband was responsible for Yaseen’s death. In police interviews she confessed to beating her son for no reason and that her anger often led to her being out of control.

She and her taxi driver husband had enrolled Yaseen in advanced classes at their local mosque as they wanted him to become hafiz – an Islamic term for someone who memorises the Koran.

The court heard Ege become more and more frustrated with her son’s inability to learn the passages he needed to. She told officers:

I was getting all this bad stuff in my head, like I couldn’t concentrate, I was getting angry too much, I would shout at Yaseen all the time. I was getting very wild and I hit Yaseen with a stick on his back like a dog.

She later retracted her statement.

The prosecution said that Yaseen suffered significant abdominal injuries that were the cause of his death. They included fractures which were non-accidental. He also had numerous historical injuries.

Prosecutor Ian Murphy said:

Sara Ege made no attempt to seek the medical attention he so obviously needed. He clearly suffered terribly. She started the fire to hide what she had done

Hat tip: Trevor Blake (Las Vegas report) and Agent Cormac

 

27 Responses to “Religion at the root of yet another child’s murder”

  1. barriejohn says:

    Only recently ‘experts’ in the West have suddenly re-discovered that the old-fashioned age-old method of using the cane to discipline children is the only one that really brings results…

    Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) has often been reported to have said, ‘Enjoin Salaah on your child when he is seven years old and beat him if he neglects it after he reaches ten years of age’. (Abu Dawood; Durr-Manthoor). Once more, the emphasis on beating a child who defaults in the important duty of offering Salaah is clearly indicated in this Hadith. Initially, it is the fear of the rod that compels a child to fulfill the taxing injunction of Salaah, then by dint of habit it becomes accustomed to offering Salaah. Not only did Nabi (Sallallaahu Alayhi Wasallam) encourage the use of the rod at the time of need, he even prayed for those parents who kept the rod hanging in the home for the purpose of maintaining discipline and admonition. He is reported to have said, ‘May Allah Taãla bless the person who keeps a lash hanging in his house for the admonition of his house folk’. (Jami Sagheer). Luqman (Alayhis Salaam), the wise, used to explain the importance of the rod in these words ‘The use of the rod on a child is as indispensable as is water for the fields’. (Durr-Manthoor).

    http://haram.wordpress.com/upbringing-of-children-disciplining-of-children-an-islamic-perspective/

  2. Matt Westwood says:

    Yep.

    And of course don’t forget the biblical injunction to kill your child if he disobeys you. These people have done absolutely nothing wrong. They have obeyed the dictates of their holey book.

  3. Matt Westwood says:

    There was a young man from Saudi Arabia that I heard of, who had got married and was very happy with his wife. All except for one thing: after two years of marriage they had not yet had any children. So he took his wife to the doctor and told him to cure his wife of her barrenness.

    So the doctor examined the woman, and indeed there was nothing medically wrong with her, and there should be no reason why she should not conceive. Tactfully, the doctor then approached the man and by some means or other persuaded the man to part with a sperm sample (difficult to do, as it would be unthinkable to suggest that there was something wrong with the man.

    And indeed, on analysing the man’s sample, it turned out that there was nothing wrong with him, either. This was a mystery. Why did two healthy young adults find it impossible to have children?

    So the doctor (he must have had a genius for diplomacy) asked the young man: what exactly do you do with your wife. And the man answered, “I do the same to my wife as my uncle did to me when I was a little boy.”

  4. Robster says:

    When will organised religion be recognised officially for what it is? Readers of this blog know what it really is but the rest of society it seems, do not. What more do these people need to do to be pigeon holed as evil murderous child raping delued twits? Religions and those representing them are doing a sterling job of putting their feet in their mouth but this hard work is not being recognised by the masses (is in lots of people, not the Sunday wine & cracker carry on) and this needs to change. At least the media are using their powers to keep the heat on that pope ratzinger twerp, the Anglican version and the other realated religious ring “leaders”.

  5. Harry says:

    We need to get a law passed confirming that spanking is a sex act. Then we can stop people doing it to children no problem.

  6. barriejohn says:

    Robster: I think that people are beginning to wake up.

    http://www.secularism.org.uk/irishpollshowsparentsnolongerwan.html

  7. barriejohn says:

    More on Ireland here, and more recent as well:

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/ireland-abandoning-religion-faster-than-almost-every-other-country-16195112.html

    The Irish Republic seems to have had a “Great Awakening”!

  8. Broga says:

    The RC Church, with a typical apologetic whine, says religion is not a numbers game. It is, of course, a numbers game when it suits them. But on the religion inspired child beatings, mutilation and murder much of the problem is that the perpetrators tend to be ill educated, illiterate and easy prey to the religion spouted by the preachers.

  9. JohnMWhite says:

    @Matt Westwood: “And of course don’t forget the biblical injunction to kill your child if he disobeys you. These people have done absolutely nothing wrong. They have obeyed the dictates of their holey book.”

    Agreed, and I am beyond sick of the number of apologists who will swear blind that their book does not say what it says.

  10. Robster says:

    Hey barriejohn, thanks for the link. The worst thing about RE in schools is that it’s afforded some sort of credibility that it doesn’t deserve because it’s being taught in schools, bit like teaching astrology which I’m sure wouldn’t happen. If the authorities want the kids exposed to nonsense it should happen on Sundays only in a hall of delusion and not at schools.

  11. Matt Westwood says:

    @Robster: At least the teaching of astrology would give the opportunity to teach the subject of spherical geometry and trigonometry, which is sadly lacking in today’s educational system. Some of the mathematics behind it is surprisingly sophisticated.

  12. Marky Mark says:

    (the second grade student was spanked on November 27 because he had lied about reading the Bible;)…Instinct told the child what he was reading made no sense…and that is why religion has had to BEAT its views into children since its incarnation.

    If they are not beaten and brainwashed at a young age…they will never buy into this lie.

  13. Matt Westwood says:

    “In its application form, the school stated that it would address religion in an appropriate fashion.”

    And indeed that appears to be just what they plan to do. By casting it into the proverbial dustbin. Can’t get a more appropriate reaction to religion than that.

    About time that stupid law was changed.

  14. Dolphingurl85 says:

    YOU PEOPLE ARE SICK!!! I CAN’T BELIEVE ANYONE WOULD CONDONE THE BEATING OF A CHILD. THIS IS AMERICA. YOU FORIEGNERS WANT TO BE HERE THAT IS FINE BUT YOU WILL FOLLOW THE LAWS OF THE COUNTRY YOU ARE IN… OR GET OUT!!! AND TO THOSE AMERICANS THAT THINK IT’S OK TO BEAT YOUR CHILDREN GO FIND ANOTHER COUNTRY TO LIVE IN. YOU SHOULDN’T BE PARENTS. IF YOU’RE GOING TO BEAT ON YOUR KIDS THEN PUT THEM UP FOR ADOPTION SO THEY CAN HAVE A DECENT LIFE. THEY DIDN’T ASK TO BE BROUGHT INTO THIS WORLD SO DON’T PUNISH THEM. IF YOU DIDN’T WANT KIDS THEN DON’T HAVE ANY. IT’S JUST WRONG.

  15. Tim Danaher says:

    Hmmm.. Dolphingurl85… the Fail is strong in this one…

  16. Matt Westwood says:

    @DOLPHINGURL85: DON’T SHOUT. IT’S RUDE. LEMME GUESS, YOU’RE AMERICAN AND FEMALE.

  17. remigius says:

    …AND LIKES DOLPHINS!

  18. Dolphingurl85 says:

    Well Matt, all I have to say to you is I hope you were joking, even if it was a sick joke, when you said what you said on Dec. 6. If not you are just as bad as the people I’m yelling at. BEATING A CHILD IS WRONG no matter what they do.
    @remegius what the hell does me liking dolphins have to do with the issue at hand.

  19. Matt Westwood says:

    @Dolphingurl85: Whether I’m joking or not, there’s not a great deal you can do about it, though, so nuts to you.

  20. Matt Westwood says:

    Besides, you can beat eggs, why can’t you beat children? It all goes down the same way.

  21. remigius says:

    Yep. Crazy!

  22. Dolphingurl85 says:

    That’s just sick!!! You people aren’t worth my time anymore. I just hope you NEVER have kids.

  23. Dolphingurl85 says:

    You probably think it’s okay to hit women too. IDIOTS!!!

  24. David Anderson says:

    Dolphinur185 must have got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning and got the wrong end of the stick.

    I’ve never had kids, nasty little shits.

  25. remigius says:

    Dolphingurl85. In Matt’s first comment he was merely pointing out the fact that the bible does say we should kill disobedient children.

    His comment about beating children cos it all goes down the same way is a reference to us atheist eating kids. They’re yummy.

    So get a grip, take your meds, and for fucks sake do a bit of reading before you make a tit of yourself on a grown-ups site!