US Christian fundamentalist self-mutilation


This video is called Self Injury Awareness.

From World Science, about the USA:

Gospel of Matthew linked to bizarre trail of self-mutilations

June 13, 2012
Special to World Science

It hap­pens only spo­rad­ic­ally—a bit more than eve­ry three years on av­er­age, judg­ing by pub­lished med­i­cal re­ports—but that makes it no less dis­turb­ing each time for hos­pi­tal staff faced with the situa­t­ion.

“It” may be de­scribed by cit­ing the most re­cent ex­am­ple, re­ported in a med­i­cal jour­nal last month: that of a 62-year-old man whom physi­cians dubbed Mr. P to pro­tect his pri­va­cy. Mr. P showed up at the emer­gen­cy room of St. Joseph’s Hos­pi­tal and Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Phoe­nix, Ariz., com­plain­ing of a case of “Mat­thew 19:12.” Asked to clar­i­fy, he just kept re­peat­ing the same thing: Mat­thew 19:12.

The nurse on du­ty searched the In­ter­net for Mat­thew 19:12. The re­sult was, to put it mild­ly, wor­ri­some. The Bib­li­cal verse, as she learn­ed, reads as fol­lows.

“For there are some eu­nuchs, which were so born from their moth­er’s womb; and there are some eu­nuchs, which were made eu­nuchs of men; and there be eu­nuchs, which have made them­selves eu­nuchs for the king­dom of heav­en’s sa­ke. He that is able to re­ceive it, let him re­ceive it.”

As it quickly be­came clear, Mr. P had made this hos­pi­tal vis­it un­ac­com­pa­nied by his pe­nis. That, he ex­plained, he had flushed down the toi­let three days ago af­ter sev­er­ing it with a pock­et knife. His tes­ti­cles were al­so ab­sen­t—re­moved four years ear­li­er at Mr. P’s re­quest by a doc­tor in Mex­i­co.

Al­though his speech and thoughts ap­peared mud­dled, Mr. P did state that he had “done this be­cause his pe­nis had caused him to sin and as an eu­nuch he could be clos­er to God as de­scribed in Mat­thew 19:12,” three re­search­ers af­fil­i­at­ed with St. Joseph’s wrote in a re­port de­scrib­ing the in­ci­dent. Mr. P al­so claimed to have pon­dered the de­ci­sion for months be­fore act­ing.

Mr. P. re­ceived ur­gent med­i­cal treat­ment at St. Joseph’s, in­clud­ing a skin graft on­to the stump. He was then con­fined to a lo­cal psy­chi­at­ric hos­pi­tal by court or­der, leav­ing lit­tle but ques­tions be­hind.

The three in­ves­ti­ga­tors pro­ceeded to search an on­line med­i­cal lit­er­a­ture database, PubMed, for oth­er cases of this na­ture. They dis­cov­ered that the Bi­ble—in­deed, the Gos­pel of Mat­thew spe­cif­ic­ally—has left a trail of self-mutila­t­ions in­spired largely by four of its verses.

The bloody toll list­ed in case re­ports dat­ing back to 1967—PubMed does­n’t go back much fur­ther—in­cluded three par­tially or fully am­pu­tat­ed pe­nises; four pairs of cas­trat­ed tes­ti­cles; three am­pu­tat­ed hands and 11 se­verely dam­aged eye­balls. Saws, cir­cu­lar saws, screw­drivers and pen­cils were among the tools used for the hor­ri­fy­ing pro­ce­dures, al­though sev­er­al pa­tients put out their eyes with their fin­gers alone.

“Our lit­er­a­ture re­view re­vealed 16 pa­tients in ad­di­tion to [Mr. P] who had in­jured them­selves in con­nec­tion with spe­cif­ic re­li­gious tex­t,” the re­search­ers wrote. Their re­view of the cases is pub­lished in the May 29 on­line is­sue of the re­search jour­nal Psy­cho­so­mat­ics.

Matthew 19:12

For there are some eu­nuchs, which were so born from their moth­er’s womb; and there are some eu­nuchs, which were made eu­nuchs of men; and there be eu­nuchs, which have made them­selves eu­nuchs for the king­dom of heav­en’s sa­ke. He that is able to re­ceive it, let him re­ceive it.

Mat­thew 18:8
Where­fore if thy hand or thy foot of­fend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is bet­ter for thee to en­ter in­to life halt or maimed, rath­er than hav­ing two hands or two feet to be cast in­to ev­er­last­ing fire.

Mat­thew 5:30
And if thy right hand of­fend thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profita­ble for thee that one of thy mem­bers should per­ish, and not that thy whole body should be cast in­to hell.

Mat­thew 5:29
But if thy right eye of­fend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profita­ble for thee that one of thy mem­bers should per­ish, and not that thy whole body should be cast in­to hell.

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