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What happens when your religious fanatism takes over your common sense? Well, that's not a difficult question to answer in India, is it? After all, we are the land where statues drink milk.
But this Canadian couple took it to a whole new bizarre level. Picture a court trial about child custody, and representing the parents against the government is a stuffed toy lion.
According to reports, the couple, who've been kept nameless to protect the child's identity, had met and fallen in love thanks to their views on Christianity and religion. And a court full of people got proof of the same when they appointed a stuffed lion as their lawyer, stating that it transmitted the word of God directly to them, and that Jesus Christ was their lawyer, witness and judge.
As funny as this may sound, shocking details about the couple and their practices will run a chill down your spine. Apparently, they were banned from several churches because of their intolerant behaviour towards other Christians. The man used to reportedly torture his wife even while she was pregnant, and would carry out rape fantasies with her.
After the birth of their daughter, they refused all treatment and vaccines and it was then that child support started monitoring them to ensure the baby was given proper care. When the girl was one, the Provincial Court of British Columbia formally declared she was in need of protection and placed her in provincial custody.
We only hope the child now gets to live a normal childhood and grow up to be a better person. As for us, let this be a lesson for religious extremists.