Pretend you’re an aspiring leader for a religious organization. You’re 19 years old, young and energetic, and eager to prove your worth. Which of these activities would not fall on your list of things to do?
- Study the scriptures
- Learn from older, experienced leaders
- Burn your infant daughter in a microwave*
The hero of the story, Joshua Mauldin, decided on the third course of action (it’s not clear whether he bothered with the first two). I suppose an advantage to this route is that spending 5 to 99 years in prison will toughen him up for the real world.
So what’s the mother say about this? “Satan saw my husband as a threat. Satan attacked him because he saw him as a threat.” She even set up a MySpace page called “Joshua Mauldin is not a Monster” (either MySpace took it down, or I couldn’t find it. MySpace has horrible search capabilities). Undoubtedly, Satan’s next step was attacking Maudlin just before communion, making him spike the wine or grape juice with psilocybin. I’m sure the congregation would have been sympathetic.
She also “described [his] weaknesses as an undisclosed mental disability, and that her efforts to get help for him have failed.” Any church that’s looking for a preacher who’s stupid and/or crazy, look no further.
(By the way, the baby survived, but did need hospitalization.)