11 year old dies because parents choose prayer over medical treatment (2008)

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Comment by James Yount on August 6, 2012 at 10:27am

You're cracking me up Glen! XD

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on August 6, 2012 at 10:09am

You atheists want to fuck up everything. Dont forget about men all over the world who got it good. Real pieces of human garbage who treat their women like dogshit. And then the paradox of good fortune in which women are more pious than their owners and are doing their part in safeguarding female servitude for generations to come. Oh if there was a misery index tied to these values. . . a barometer for all of the clear steering furnished by the moral compass of faith. . . why it makes me lacrimose.

Comment by Pat on August 6, 2012 at 9:13am

Gee, and to think, here I only thought "christian conservative values" promoted child rape, execution of African gays, denial of equal rights in the US, promotion of the spread of AIDS, treating women like breeding cattle, and science denial. I see they're broadening their horizons to include filicide. Maybe we, as US taxpayers, can find some of that "faith based initiative" money to promote prayer over medicine. 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 6, 2012 at 7:32am

Tell you what, Glen: they can move forward with their "christian conservative values" all they want.  My only question is HOW do I keep my lunch down while I'm watching 'em DO THAT?!?

Comment by Glen Rosenberg on August 5, 2012 at 10:15pm

Understand that we cannot interfere with the free expression of intolerance. Death of the defenseless and dependent notwithstanding we must be clear in expressing our priorities.

If anything these parent should be praised for their indefatigable faith in the face of modern alternatives. Extoll faith. Let us move forward with christian conservative values.

Comment by James Yount on August 5, 2012 at 10:04pm

I agree too.  The parents actually only got 6 months in prison (to be served 1 month a year) and 10 years parole for second degree reckless homicide.  Additionally, they were able to keep their other kids (I think there are 3) and a nurse can visit at random/unscheduled times to monitor the health of the children.  A slap on the wrist basically.

Comment by Steph S. on August 5, 2012 at 9:57pm
I agree with Loren.
Thanks for the link to that article.
Comment by Loren Miller on August 5, 2012 at 11:20am

Okay, let's get it out in the open:

Exactly How Many Cases of confirmed, serious medical conditions have ever been cured purely by prayer?  My suspicion is that the answer is as many as the number of amputees who have had their limbs restored by the same agency: NONE.

No great surprise, those who wish to rely on faith don't want the objects of their prayers studied or examined.  They'd say it's for fear of bruising the delicate bond of faith which carries the healing power.  I'd say it's more equivalent to curing hypochondria with a placebo.  What is worse is that, very likely, the child didn't know (or was kept from knowing) that medical treatment was available to correct her condition.  Her life was lost and her parents will likely not be charged because, in some states, religion and faith healing get a pass.

Minor children depend on their parents to give effective care when they are ill.  If the parents fail to do so, their culpability should be a given.  Had they called in a witch doctor or a shaman, I have no doubt but that they would be in custody and standing before the bar of justice.  Because they rely on the majority faith of this country, they get to slide on violating their child's civil right to her own life.

Someone tell me how we put a stop to this crap, please!

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