Pray or Pay: Georgia Woman Runs Over Boyfriend for Not Going to Church

thumb_praying_handsIn the same week that a father stabbed his son in church for failing to take off his hat, a Georgia woman reportedly ran over her boyfriend because she thought that he wanted to skip church to visit with another woman. Annie Knox of Athens-Clark has been charged with aggravated assault.

According to police, the boyfriend jumped on the hood of a parked car to avoid being hit. Knox, 19, reportedly chased him down by running over a lawn and onto the sidewalk.

Her best defense was stated by the The Pharisee: “If a man still prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall say to him, “You shall not live, because you have spoken a lie in the name of the Lord.” When he prophesies, his parents, father and mother, shall thrust him through.”

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59 thoughts on “Pray or Pay: Georgia Woman Runs Over Boyfriend for Not Going to Church”

  1. Mespo:

    I certainly dont deny that religion has started many (most) wars. I am saying that reason can also lead to violence and war.

    I actually dont think Hitler started WWII because of some emotional fit. that is the mistake we make to think the NAZI’s were nuts, they were not and that is the really scary part.

    Our revolution was based in reason (i.e. the Declaration). I think that most people use reason when deciding to go to war or not go to war. It is something that has broad consequences and I doubt any historical figure has not taken the time to look at all of the available possibilities/outcomes. War is not necessarily a mindless undertaking, granted the outcome is always painful to the rank and file, but some times it is a required evil. There is no other way to handle physical aggression. Force must be met with force. Had Chamberlain used force against Hitler we would have not had to go through WWII, that would have been a reasoned use of force.

    As a classical scholar or maybe just an enthusiast wasnt it Plato that said “only the dead have seen the end of war”? And isnt there a good latin saying “to have peace prepare for war”

    The action of war may be insane but the reasons we wage war may or may not be.


    My apologies, the Marvel comic reference was not well thought out and spur of the moment. The good guys do usually win.

  2. Mespo, Bron, CCD. What is up with the pseudo-philosophical BS going around about reason and emotion… I ‘m not following at all…

    “I am aware of no war started by reason”

    Suppose you were Iraq, the country. You’ve been bombed for no reason, your family’s murdered and raped. You’ll want to start a war against the culprits… Now, probably, you guys would call this based on emotion where I would call it reason. Do you see the instigators of the French revolution as envious have-nots or as rebels instructed by reason?

    For the sad amount of wars this silly planet has already seen, some are bound to have started on reasoned grounds.

  3. Gyges:

    I think 9-11 was religion on the attack, and Iraq flowed from that pretense, and numbers 4 & 5 on my list. So religion started it and it evolved there in a circuitous route aided by the “Gang That Couldn’t Govern Straight.”

  4. Mespo,

    Do you think Iraq was fought for the stated reasons?

    Like I said I have no doubt that religion was used to motivate the masses. I’m also sure religion played a part in the decision to go to war. I just think that people being people, there’s a good chance those wars would have happened even if the leaders involved had to find something other than religion to fight over.

  5. gyges:

    Of course religion’s not the only reason and I ‘m sure it provides some cover, but I’ll take the participants at their word. Here’s a few purely religious wars out of thousands of examples both big and small:

    Cristero War
    Cromwellian conquest of Ireland
    Cultural Revolution
    French Wars of Religion
    Kulturkampf · Red Terror · Test Act
    Thirty Years War · War in the Vendé
    Sudanese Civil War
    Russian Pogroms
    East Timor

    Ok I’m tired of typing!

  6. I should make that clearer. Individual’s might join the fight for religious reasons. I just wonder how often the war is actually started for those reasons, rather than those reasons being propaganda and justification.

  7. Mespo,

    I think what’s most often the case is that a war is started for the same general reasons (namely greed or fear of other) and religion is used as cover. Now I know there are probably people who go to war for religion, but given the tendency of people to cynically use religion to help their rise to power, I wonder how many are actually started simply for religious reasons.

  8. By the way, for ten points extra credit per example, can anyone think of a war started for religious reasons? (P.S. you have to stop at 10 examples)

  9. bron98:

    I am aware of no war STARTED by reason –naked aggression, foolishness, envy, fear, family betrayal have all been culprits –but not reason. Not unless, that is, your definition of reason differs from mine.

  10. Thanks for the clarity BIL,

    “As for the real world, violence may come from either reason or emotion, but with reason, motive is key whereas with emotion there is the mitigation of emotion itself.”

  11. Bron,

    “probably from reading too many Marvel comic books.”

    Them’s a fighin’ words! 😉

    I’ll have you know that Marvel comics back in the day almost always had a clear message in favor of the good guys. Ben Parker, Peter Parker’s uncle, is famous for telling the young Spiderman “With great power comes great responsibility.” Compare and contrast to the DC produced “Watchmen”, a brilliant book by Alan Moore, but one that forever changed the comics landscape. His heroes were not so black and white. They were gray at best and one, the Comedian, was a right bastard and a killer for hire when the cards played out. Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight”, also DC, well, let’s just say that the Nolan films only come close to scratching the surface of the darkness that drives the Batman. This is in no way a slam to either of the DC produced books. Both are on my shelves today in graphic novel form as is Alan Moore’s “The Killing Joke” (wonder where Heath got the idea for his brilliant portrayal of the Joker? there it is) and “V for Vendetta” (the movie version is a weak weak stepchild of the original). But if you have to trace to source of moral ambiguity about the use of violence, DC would be it.

    Old school Marvel under the hand of Stan Lee was as BLAM and POW as any superhero comic line, but Stan always insisted that the good guys be good and the bad guys be bad. Today, moral ambiguity appears in both major houses (Marvel & DC) and the independents can and do go completely of the rails (or so I hear from my collector friends, I haven’t read a comic in many years), but it started at DC, not Marvel. ‘Nuff said.

    As for the real world, violence may come from either reason or emotion, but with reason, motive is key whereas with emotion there is the mitigation of emotion itself. Reasoned violence can indeed be horrific, look at the Nazis, but reason is also a key to the proper application of traditional martial arts training. The decision to hurt someone is significant because when you seek to harm others you are really seeking to harm yourself. It is not a decision taken lightly. That’s where the training comes in. You are trained to be calm in the face of an attacker and to always ask “Do I control or do I have to kill this opponent?” One should always aim for the minimal violence possible. If not on ethical grounds, on the very practical grounds that attack exposes you to injury. It always has and it always will. Watch nature – predators pick targets based on their ease of subdual as to minimize the risk of injury to themselves in acquiring food. That’s one of the many reasons I abhor these UFC / MMA bloodsports. It’s not about defense and ending a situation as peacefully as possible. It’s about inflicting as much damage as you can regardless of what’s called for – it’s blood lust and that, my friend, is an emotion.

  12. The really distrubing part of this story is that she ran over a lawn to get at him. I find that offensive.

  13. Mespo:

    probably from reading too many Marvel comic books.

    So religion makes one violent? Reason can make one violent as well. Do you think that wars are started on purely emotional reasons?

    Granted human emotion makes one violent and some of us are not able to control our emotions for one reason or another, immaturity, disease, brain injury, emotional trauma, etc. This type of violence is usually one on one.

    There is also the political and religious aspect of violence but that is a more manipulative type of violence. This young woman was simply hurt and angry that her boyfriend was stepping out on her.

    Reason is not an inhibitor to violence, reason can be an initiator. As for me I will take unrestrained emotional violence over cold calculating reasoned violence everytime. One can be easily defeated the other not so easily.

  14. rafflaw:

    “I don’t remember any of them coming after us in a car, but I do remember the yardstick and the solid wood pointer…”


    It’s all a question of available technology.

  15. this has nothing to do with religion and everything to do with a young woman scorned. As they say “hell hath no fury……”

  16. Are you sure this wsoman was not an ex-Nun? The Nuns used to keep a mental record of who went to Mass on Sunday and who did not. I don’t remember any of them coming after us in a car, but I do remember the yardstick and the solid wood pointer on more than one occasion!

  17. ” The LORD then gave these further instructions to Moses: ‘Tell the people of Israel to keep my Sabbath day, for the Sabbath is a sign of the covenant between me and you forever. It helps you to remember that I am the LORD, who makes you holy. Yes, keep the Sabbath day, for it is holy. Anyone who desecrates it must die; anyone who works on that day will be cut off from the community. Work six days only, but the seventh day must be a day of total rest. I repeat: Because the LORD considers it a holy day, anyone who works on the Sabbath must be put to death.’ (Exodus 31:12-15 NLT)

    The man was obviously a gigolo,and his pious girlfriend was merely carrying out God’s law – sort of a “wake up call(me?).”

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