These social workers actually visited the family the day of the murder remarking that the baby and mother were nowhere to be seen and that the father was intensely engaged in prayer. They believe that the baby was either dying or dead while they were visiting.
Sentencing, Mr. Justice Cooke said that Julia’s bipolar disorder meant she suffered from “grandiose delusions of special powers, religious delusions of identity, and auditory hallucinations.”
I think all of us will happily agree that this woman is profoundly mentally ill. Murdering your own baby offends the deepest senses of our moral intuition. As the comments of the article suggest, this is repulsive to people on both sides of religion. Right? Right.
My question is this: Is it even the slightest bit possible that this woman’s religious beliefs contributed to her mental instability? Will you allow room for that? After all, she wasn’t shoving Charles Dickens in her baby’s mouth. This is what concerns me, folks. I’m not saying that without religion this woman would not have been mentally ill. I’m simply asking if you believe it might have had something to do with it.
Yours in reason,