Friday, August 29, 2014
Religious delusions and the criminal justice system
We all know about the often-incestuous connection between the court system and "mental health professionals."
I have recently learned that the psychological community is being encouraged to consider delusional religious beliefs as a normal part of patients' cultural experiences. This article provides a thorough summary: http://apt.rcpsych.org/content/10/4/287.full
Of course, the courts & prisons are benefiting nicely from this questionable mental-health development in that judges are allowed to forgo mental fitness evaluations based on a defendant's obvious religious delusions, and proceed straight to conviction. This article cites several examples: http://thehumanist.com/.../fea.../defendant-without-a-prayer
What a boon for the privatized prison industrial complex!