Boy's relative abandoned him on the side of the road because he thought the boy was gay: Police

May 2018
Good lord. What the hell is wrong with people?

A Florida man has been charged with negligent child abuse after police said he dumped a boy, who he is related to, on the side of the road because he "thinks that [the boy] is gay."

Evenaud Julmeus, 30, of Haines City, was arrested Monday after local police found the boy alone in front of the Haines City Police Department, according to an arrest affidavit obtained by ABC News.

Julmeus allegedly told the boy before leaving him that "the police will find you a new home."

The two allegedly got into a verbal argument over the boy's sexuality when Julmeus found gay pornography on his phone.

Julmeus "became very upset," according to the affidavit.

He told the boy to get in the car and pack a bag, which the boy did, the affidavit read.

Julmeus then allegedly took the boy to the Haines City Police Department, where he is said to have dropped him off on the side of the road in front of the building before heading back home.

Detectives noted that the boy "did not have any food, water or money" or a phone to contact anyone, according to the affidavit.

Police said in the affidavit that the boy's mother rushed to pick him up when Julmeus returned to their home without him and said the boy was at the police station.

A spokesman for Haines City police told ABC News that they would not detail the relationship between the boy because he is a minor and they want to protect his identity.

When authorities went to the home to find Julmeus, they found he was not there and left two other minors without adult supervision.

Julmeus is facing three counts of negligent child abuse. Calls to Julmeus were not returned and it was not immediately clear if he had yet obtained legal representation.

This sick fuck better go to jail for a very long time.
Feb 2006
Good lord. What the hell is wrong with people?

This sick fuck better go to jail for a very long time.

Of course, there are examples of extremely intelligent individuals with strong religious convictions. But various studies have found that, on average, belief in God is associated with lower scores on IQ tests. “It is well established that religiosity correlates inversely with intelligence,” note Richard Daws and Adam Hampshire at Imperial College London, in a new paper published in Frontiers in Psychology, which seeks to explore why.

It’s a question with some urgency – the proportion of people with a religious belief is growing: by 2050, if current trends continue, people who say they are not religious will make up only 13 per cent of the global population. Based on the low-IQ-religiosity link, it could be argued that humanity is on course to become collectively less smart.

One suggestion is that perhaps religious people tend to rely more on intuition. So, rather than having impaired general intelligence, they might be comparatively poor only on tasks in which intuition and logic come into conflict – and this might explain the lower overall IQ test results.

To investigate, Daws and Hampshire surveyed more than 63,000 people online, and had them complete a 30-minute set of 12 cognitive tasks that measured planning, reasoning, attention and working memory. The participants also indicated whether they were religious, agnostic or atheist.

As predicted, the atheists performed better overall than the religious participants, even after controlling for demographic factors like age and education. Agnostics tended to place between atheists and believers on all tasks. In fact, strength of religious conviction correlated with poorer cognitive performance. However, while the religious respondents performed worse overall on tasks that required reasoning, there were only very small differences in working memory.

Also, some of the reasoning tasks, such as an extra-hard version of the Stroop Task known as “colour-word remapping”, had been designed to create maximum conflict between an intuitive response and a logical one, and the biggest group differences emerged on these tasks, consistent with the idea that religious people rely more on their intuition. In contrast, for a complex reasoning task – “deductive reasoning” – for which there were no obviously intuitive answers, there was much less of a group difference.

Daws and Hampshire concluded: “These findings provide evidence in support of the hypothesis that the religiosity effect relates to conflict [between reasoning and intuition] as opposed to reasoning ability or intelligence more generally.”

If, as this work suggests, religious belief predisposes people to rely more heavily on intuition in decision-making – and the stronger their belief, the more pronounced the impact – how much of a difference does this make to actual achievement in the real world? At the moment, there’s no data on this. But in theory, perhaps cognitive training could allow religious people to maintain their beliefs without over-relying on intuition when it conflicts with logic in day to day decision-making.

The Negative Relationship between Reasoning and Religiosity Is Underpinned by a Bias for Intuitive Responses Specifically When Intuition and Logic Are in Conflict

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Mar 2013
Middle Tennessee
Well. We’re not sure if religion is to blame in this case or not.

Religion has a huge influence on western society. Even the non-religious are indoctrinated by the constant banging of the drums from the religious. Unless you live without any outside contact you simply cannot avoid the overtones of religiosity found embedded in our society. We simply cannot have contact with the rest of the world without hearing from the religious right ALL the things they say are wrong. We hear them from the time we first learn to speak and comprehend. Bigotries and hatred are passed down from generation to generation without parents even realizing what they are teaching their children.

Bottom line, OF COURSE this situation has it's roots in religion, even if the people involved aren't particularly religious.
May 2018
Speaking of religious whackos, some Jehovah's Witnesses meandered their way onto my property a couple weeks ago. I heard the doorbell ring, threw on a bathrobe (was just sitting on the couch in my shorts), and answered the door. "Yes?" I said. They immediately started talking about some gibberish and I stopped them with my palm up. I said "is this a religious thing?". They looked at each other, then at me, and squeaked out "uh...yes". I said "No thanks. Atheist here. Don't come back and have a nice day", then slammed the door. Haven't seen them since :D
Dec 2015
I found this article to be sorely lacking in detail.
For example: How old was this boy? 4 yrs old? 14 yrs old? 17 yrs old?
Is Julmeus the father? or who?

It makes a difference, but it's still totally wrong. That poor kid.
Here's what I don't get. Are people supposed to be perfect? Are children supposed to be perfect? And by perfect I mean ARE we all held to everyone else's standards? Someone else's definition of perfect?

Why should I be straight just because a lot of people are? Why should I be married just because most people are?
Why should I choose certain lifestyles just because most people do?
Forget what other people expect and do what's right for you! Write your own story. Sing your own song. Travel your own journey.
Mind your own business. Take care of yourself because that's a HUGE job.