The Exorcists: Four on trial in France for religion inspired kidnap and torture

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A group of former members of a US-based protestant church, the Seventh Day Adventist, are on trial in France for torturing a 19-year-old woman while attempting to exorcise “the devil” out of her in shockingly-violent style.

The trial of three men and a woman, all of French Caribbean origin, kicked off on Monday, with the group being charged with kidnapping, acts of torture and barbarism, reports AFP.

They are accused of tying up the young Cameroonian woman, Antoinette, in the position of Jesus Christ on the cross and keeping her bound to a mattress for a week.

The four, including her former boyfriend Eric Daeron, were confident that the teenager’s body had been possessed by the devil. According to defendants, Antoinette jumped on Daeron mumbling something incomprehensible. After the attack – which they believed was a proof of her being possessed by evil – they decided to try an exorcism. 

When police found Antoinette in Grigny, a southern Paris suburb, she was dehydrated, emaciated and showed signs of having been beaten. The woman later told investigators that her captors fed her small amounts of oil and gave her water just to keep her alive.

Written By: Jaime Saldarriaga
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20 COMMENTS

  1. Crazy shit. I couldn’t imagine doing that. I’ve committed crimes and done my time, but I never felt justified. That is the problem with religion, the justification it allows for actions/atrocities/crimes against humanity..then you get a free pass when you repent…..douche bags.

    • In reply to #1 by ApexDisorder:

      Crazy shit. I couldn’t imagine doing that. I’ve committed crimes and done my time, but I never felt justified. That is the problem with religion, the justification it allows for actions/atrocities/crimes against humanity..then you get a free pass when you repent…..douche bags.

      Good point. The difference between criminals and idiots.

      • In reply to #14 by justinesaracen:

        In reply to #1 by ApexDisorder:

        Crazy shit. I couldn’t imagine doing that. I’ve committed crimes and done my time, but I never felt justified. That is the problem with religion, the justification it allows for actions/atrocities/crimes against humanity..then you get a free pass when you repent……..

        Thanks bro, I ain’t proud, I admit my mistakes. Consider yourself invited to the club.

  2. Another foul excrescence on the cancer called religion.

    It chills me to think of all the sadists who find their way into churches and are given carte blanche to torture the poor credulous people who turn to them for succour.

    • In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      Another foul excrescence on the tumour called religion.

      It chills me to think of all the sadists who find their way into churches and are given carte blanche to torture the poor credulous people who turn to them for succour.

      I. Really think religion caters to sadists. My father comes to mind. You are spot on with your comments.

      • I am so sorry.There are such cruel people around.Makes you wonder how people can see all the nasty goings on and then praise god !In reply to #3 by ApexDisorder:

        In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

        Another foul excrescence on the tumour called religion.

        It chills me to think of all the sadists who find their way into churches and are given carte blanche to torture the poor credulous people who turn to them for succour.

        I. Really think religion…

    • In reply to #2 by Christiana Magdalene Moodley:

      Another foul excrescence on the cancer called religion.

      Good one, pithy and pungent. I’m going to have to remember it for my next rant on Facebook.

  3. This reminds me of Ken Russell’s The Devils based on Huxley’s The Devils Of Loudun.

    It is a general principle is people do the most evil things when they are most convinced their are right.

    • In reply to #7 by Roedy:

      It is a general principle is people do the most evil things when they are most convinced their are right.

      Careful on the terminology. We (atheists) are convinced we’re right. In my case I’m an arrogant bastard who is supremely convinced that I’m absolutely right, though that’s mainly just because I am ;) I think what you mean to say is when people are most convinced they are justified. Religion removes any and all barriers, using religion you can call any human behaviour reasonable and justified. As humanists, there is no possible way we could ever justify actions like the ones described. As soon as the label religion is applied to the actions, we’re expected to “respect their beliefs” no matter how abhorrent they are. (and if you want to see a black hole form, just toss that logic bomb into a room full of fundamentalists)

      It’s not atheism that distinguishes us from religious people (though they desperately try to make that claim stick), it’s our purely humanist values and rational thought that makes us “right”.

  4. OP:

    “To them, she was possessed, that is why they did not call a doctor. You call a doctor when someone is sick, when someone is
    possessed you exorcise them,” their lawyer, Jacques Bourdais, told AFP.

    Being drunk while committing a crime is no excuse. Being religious while committing one is no excuse, either.

  5. In reply to #10 by bluebird:

    Is there anyplace where the genders of these “exorcisms” are reversed (maybe science-fiction).

    The featured photo belongs with this story. Different continent, sos!

    Thanks for the link – I realised the photo was not to do with this story, but I thought it was from a film or something. But no, seems to be real! Once again a woman is the “victim”.

    But just look at all the theater of it. The fact that (pretty much) all religion needs all the bells and smells should tell everyone it is all b/s.

    • In reply to #12 by GPWC:

      should tell everyone it’s bs

      It depends how you’re inclined to measure the world you experience, how you perceive it. Commercial establishments and institutions are generally non-religious, or at least secular, and yet they trigger many of the same non-rational brain mechanisms to sell their products (usually in a subtler way, but I suspect not always). There seems to be different kinds of people (brains?) with differing strengths and weaknesses.

    • In reply to #18 by Stafford Gordon:

      Religion!

      And just what kind of lawyer is Monsieur Jacque Bourdais I wonder?

      Could be one who knows they’re idiots, but is still duty bound to defend them to the best of his abilities.

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