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Tuesday, July 29, 2003

it's a wonderful world...

...imagine there's no heaven?

Alan Myatt has an excellent series of posts on his weblog concerning "God, evil and rationality" beginning here. Well worth a look.

What really caught my attention however was Alan's link to this news item from the BBC on Thursday, 17 July, 2003: German 'cannibal' charged with murder

Some excerpts:
A German man who confessed to killing and eating a man he met through a website for cannibals has been charged with murder, prosecutors have said. The 41-year-old suspect, identified as Armin M, is alleged to have killed the 43-year-old victim in March 2001 in the town of Rotenburg in central Germany, after meeting him through the site. He then carved up and froze portions of the man's flesh, later eating some of it, prosecutors allege.

The crime was apparently carried out with the victim's full consent, however state prosecutor Hans-Manfred Jung told French news agency AFP that the victim's supposed "death wish" did not change the fact that the killer had wanted to commit murder...

The suspect and victim met in early 2001, after Armin M is said to have posted a personal ad on several websites and in chatrooms asking for "young, well-built men aged 18 to 30 to slaughter", the German daily newspaper Bild reported at the time of his arrest. The victim was a 43-year-old Berlin computer technician who had sold his car, written a will and taken the day off work to sort out what he called a "personal" matter. He then went to Armin M's home, where the pair reportedly agreed to cut off his penis. The victim was then allegedly stabbed to death - still apparently with his approval - and cut into pieces.

The whole incident was filmed on videotape, and prosecutors say that the whole crime was committed for the purpose of sexual enjoyment.
Authorities were tipped off by internet surfers who found the requests on various sites.

That Alan stumbled across this item after posting his thoughts on God, evil and rationality is most apt. Alan also links to Clayton Cramer who nails the failure of the politically-correct, tolerant, liberal, relativist worldview to deal seriously with evil. As he says:

Hey, It Was Consensual Adult Sex--What's the Big Deal?

I'm so glad that the U.S. Supreme Court recognizes that what happens between consenting adults is none of the government's business.

In the light of this disturbing news story Alan has thrown down a challenge to skeptics:

"Produce a valid argument, based on philosophical naturalism, as to why the actions of the individuals cited above is immoral or unethical. Given that the killing and eating of the one individual by the other was done with the former's consent, on what basis can we consider this action to be objectively evil? Why should it be considered either injust or immoral? If it was not an unjust act, why should it be punished by law? Or should it be?"

7:33:00 pm