Source- A woman was arrested at the Hall of Justice in downtown Louisville Tuesday afternoon, months after police say she assaulted and robbed a man after he joked that he did not believe in God.
Police say that 49-year-old Laura Reid was visiting a disabled man in his home. At one point, police say, Reid asked the victim if he believed in God, and he jokingly replied that he did not.
According to an arrest warrant, Reid became angry with his response, so she picked up his metal cane and began beating him on the head and body, hitting him so hard that the cane broke.
Police say the victim was unable to leave his home because of his disability, and Reid stayed there for three hours after the assault. When she finally left, she allegedly took the man's cell phone, keys, $50 cash and a wallet containing credit cards.
Police say the man eventually crawled to a nearby gas station, where police and EMS were called. The man was taken to St. Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, where he was treated for injuries he sustained, including a concussion, a broken arm, multiple bruises, as well as cuts and abrasions.
It pains me to do this a battered disabled man, but I think I have to victim blame here. I almost decided against it because of how many injuries he sustained, but you can't let the end unjustify the means (pretty sure that makes sense, but even if it doesn't still kind of sounds good). For instance, a less responsible "journalist" would let the mental image of a disabled person crawling to a nearby gas station on a broken arm effect their take on the story. Well not me, not this blog.
The fact of the matter is that I wouldn't beat up handicapped man, or anyone else for that matter, for making a anti-religious joke. Hell, I may even steal that joke for my own personal use. However, I don't live in the South, and therefore mocking organized religion isn't going to get me a concussion and a stolen wallet. Just like any other person who has ever tried to be funny, you have to understand your audience. This man let this rough looking broad, that looks like she polishes off a pack of smokes in the front pew every sermon, in his house, did he not? Shouldn't he have been aware of what topics make her tick? Not only does she not look like a big comedy fan, but she certainly isn't a big religious comedy fan. We are talking about Louisville, Kentucky (literally) for Christ's sake. The only thing they take more seriously than their Catholicism is their homophobia, racism, and physical assault. If we are being completely honest, with the value they place on gun ownership this guy is probably lucky he didn't get shot. I am assuming this poor disabled man spent his entire life below the Mason Dixon line because, well, disabled people don't exactly travel well. So if that hypothesis is correct than he should of known that the trivialization of the church wasn't going to be met with light hearted laughter. This lady should still go to prison forever for having just about the worst sarcasm filter that one has ever claimed ownership of, but that doesn't mean that her victim didn't play a role in enabling her God forsaken stupidity.