A passenger on a Greyhound bus went crazy and stabbed a fellow passenger (whom he did not know) 28 times, then he beheaded him and cut out some organs (some say that he ate certain parts). In his trial in Winnipeg, Lee claimed that god told him to kill the innocent 20 year old because he was the devil.
The judge found him “not guilty” by reason of insanity last week.
It seems to me that when “god told me to do it” is used as an excuse for any human action it should be considered as insanity, but it cannot be used to run from the responsibility for one’s actions. What has to happen is to widely accept that anyone who believes in god is already flirting with insanity, and if George Bush can use “god told me to do it” and get away with the ultimate murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, and some nutcase can use the god excuse to get away with a brutal murder of an innocent young lad, then we must make it manditory that all those who believe in god MUST still be held responsible for their actions. How does a belief that “god told me” free one from responsibility? That kind of application of justice is surely insane to begin with, and those who accept this kind of “divine intervention” plea are just as guilty and almost as insane as the perpetrators of crime.