Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear. – Thomas Jefferson
On Oct. 7, 2018 police discovered a 1 year old Yorkie mix named Diamond had been drowned in a bathtub. According to Kimah Meriweather, who claims God told him to do it, a text reads, “This is what Jehovah has anointed me to do, his will, the dog had a demon in it, and I had to clean the house really good so the demon could be removed, so I filled the tub with water and held the dog down and I prayed to Jehovah God, the true God, I washed the dog and the cage, everything yes I did.”
Now, it must be said that among my True Believing friends, of which I have many and that I care about a great deal, this is a travesty. This is, obviously, muck run amok. On that we have no quarrel. Lines in the sand get drawn. My question is where these lines get drawn and why, from a truly rational/logistic viewpoint. Because, understand, many of these same friends, who see the drowning of a demonic Yorkie to be absurd, would not view the “cleansing of house from evil spirits” to be anything but rational when there is no cute Yorkie mix named Diamond being submerged and trapped in a cage beneath the water. Why, in an abstract, intangible sense is this somehow reasonable and efficacious, but in a tangible, some cute creatures must die sense not?
I have no basis on which to determine if the Yorkie mix named Diamond was demon infested or not. And, I would just like to point out from a Judeo-Christian perspective, that in no way, shape or form is the god of either the Old Testament or New Testament an advocate of animal rights. It doesn’t matter how cute or adorable they might be. In fact, the more unblemished they are the better suited such animals (and sometimes people) seem to be for sacrifice. Perhaps Kimah would have more sympathy if he had drowned a hairless cat named Sphinx with a bad-ass attitude and glaring red eyes, but a cute little Yorkie mix? That just doesn’t fly. Probably not even the cat. But why? Why is, say, cleansing a house of evil spirits because a murder took place there any less absurd than a demonic Yorkie?
The only measurable difference is a dead dog. And our culture, by and large, doesn’t like people who torture and kill dogs. Cleansing a house of evil spirits has all the repercussions of wearing a pair of lucky socks. And, yeah, we’re okay with that.
Kimah is regarded as a bit of an unhinged case. No doubt. I might argue that paying a psychic to contact deceased relatives is also a bit unhinged, along with a slew of other human behaviors. But that falls within acceptable social boundaries. There are no broken taboos. It’s the difference between saying god told you to take that job and god told you to go kill some people. People will affirm ones conviction on the former, but there’s a reason the latter isn’t a valid defense in court. Still, no matter how hinged or unhinged one might be, there’s no way to show a god is speaking in either case. And, however unhinged Kimah may be, it doesn’t ultimately show there wasn’t a demon inhabited Yorkie.
We just recognize as a society that Yorkies harboring demons isn’t a thing. People aren’t going around to animal shelters and saying that even the dogs that can’t be re-homed due to behavior issues carry contrary spirits in them and should thus be destroyed for that reason. That’s absurd. We should be able to recognize and accept, then, that with no measurable reason to show otherwise, other benign beliefs in evil and good spirits is just as absurd.