Cult raided over death of baby boy

15 01 2010

FUKUOKA (Kyodo) Police raided the Fukuoka headquarters of a religious group Thursday over the death of a baby whose parents allegedly caused him to die by withholding medical treatment.

Their 7-month-old son, Yoshihiko, underweight and suffering from eczema, died in October

The parents allegedly only tried to help their son through religious acts of holding their hands over the baby’s body in what the sect calls a “jorei” service to cleanse the soul.

Hideo Takatsuki, 32, became a follower in elementary school, while Kuniko Takatsuki, 30, joined when she was in junior high school.

article here

Yet another crazy cult here.  I dont have an official number but there are quite a few of these small groups around with a lot of them hiding behind a veneer of Buddhism when they really aren’t Buddhist at all.     More often when these groups end up in the news it is because of money issues.  It’s so sad that this time an innocent kid died.


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17 01 2010
Jasmine Tea

That’s terrible.

I wonder if there are just as many crazy cults in a country when, like in the US, religion is not strictly “talked about” yet plays a central role in many people’s lives, as when, like in Japan, religion is strictly “not talked about” and most people deny it has meaning for them.

Certainly these groups exist in all societies. I just wish there were a better way to root them out before they cause harm to people like this poor boy.

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