'Communicating with God' = Insanity
Ronald Marquez and his 19-year-old daughter believed they were communicating with God and deceased relatives before they performed what family members described as an exorcism on Marquez’s young granddaughter, according to 911 tapes obtained Monday. Family members called police three times in a one-hour span on July 28.
Officers arrived at the home near 24th Street and McDowell Road in Phoenix, and said they found Marquez holding his 3-year-old granddaughter in a headlock. As Marquez choked his bloodied granddaughter, the girl’s mother, naked and bloody, looked on, chanted and held a religious picture, police said.
Officers stunned Marquez, 48, with a Taser and he later died at a nearby hospital.
Many others have already posted on this story, and Ronald Marquez gets a Darwin Award for sure. Because he caused his own death through religious insanity, I’ve also tagged this story as a religion inspired murder. Clearly, he would have killed his young granddaughter if police hadn’t intervened. Then he would have been eligible for what Aaron Kinney calls the “Offspring Murder Club.”
But seriously, folks. When we see something like this, some people will say “Oh, he was insane to begin with.”
I want to challenge this for the lie that it is. When ministers, rabbis, priests, imams, the president, or anyone else claims to speak for god, they are expressing insanity. Because what is sure to follow, like night follows day, is some outrageous claim or action. When the claimant prefaces a remark or action with “god said,” what they are really saying is: “I want you to accept what I’m doing (saying), and I don’t want to have to explain why.”
How would you explain choking your three-year-old grandaughter while her naked 19-year-old mother who was covered in blood looked on while chanting and holding a religious picture?
Insanity. There is no other word for it. Think about that next time a friend or relative says “God wants me to…”