This excerpt begins with me watching 30 children for 3 days while their parents attend my grandmother's faith healing lecture, held in the clubhouse of a south Florida trailer park. This all happened in the fall of my Freshman year of high school.

Alexander was two years old, blond, quiet and sweet. He was one of the kids still in diapers, but he was the only one in cloth ones. I thought they were gross, messy, and more work; I was worried about sticking him with one of the pins.

Now that I have a young child, I know what a huge stress that weekend must have been for Alexander. He had never been left with anyone other than this grandmother before, and hadn't even gone to Sunday School with other children. He spent with 3 days in a strange mobile home, with 30 strange children, carried for by a strange teenager with purple hair who didn't understand his diapers. He did remarkably little crying for that combination.



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Comment by Angie Jackson on August 2, 2009 at 10:13am
Yeah, now my goal is trying to get an alliance between secular and moderate religious groups (because let's face it, they crush us in numbers) to change child protection laws. The parents got away with it, because manslaughtering your child through prayer is *legal*. It's part of this - and 45 other states' - definition of "religious freedom". Technically, they didn't break any laws. *But* if they had not had any religious reason for keeping him away from medical care, then they probably would have been convicted of wrongful death by medical negligence, at the least. If we can get the moderate Christians to see the consequence of unquestioned "religious freedom" - that they're picking ideas over children (1 to 5 die every month in the US from medical neglect for religious reasons), then I think they'll be more willing to amend the laws.
Comment by unholyroller on August 2, 2009 at 12:06am
I've avoided these crazies for years....they still give me the creepy crawlys..but as far as I know they're still a bunch of wing-nut wackjobs. Really dunno....don't care. I just don't ever want to come in contact with any of those god nazies ever again.
Hope you finally got the help you needed for your hip. That must have been hell going through that much pain for so long. Really hope you didn't sustain permanent damage. and yeah...the victem must be to blame....after all, god can't possibly be wrong!
Comment by Angie Jackson on August 1, 2009 at 9:32am
uholyroller - I'm familiar with WWCG. Weren't they the ones that supposedly pulled back from cultiness and went mainstream about fifteen years ago? (At least, according to a cult watch group I monitor.) I had a dislocated hip for three years in high school; if we'd gone to a doctor it could have been fixed much more quickly. Instead I was told I was "wrestling with God like Jacob" (hip problems) and that I lacked enough faith to get healed. Victim blaming is par for the course in faith cults.
Comment by unholyroller on August 1, 2009 at 2:15am
K...finally managed to pull up the whole story. Senseless tragedy dosen't begin to describe this event. Murder gone unpunished is more like. No offense ment. I grew up in a faith-healig cult too. (WWCG) When the healing didn't happen it was because you didn't have enough faith...therefore undeserving of healing. Talk about adding insult to injury.
Comment by Angie Jackson on July 31, 2009 at 11:13am
well, he's been dead the past 12 years. He only lived three months after I met him (click the link, read the rest of the story)
Comment by unholyroller on July 31, 2009 at 1:20am
I'm sure you did the best you could under the circumstances. Perhaps you left him with one bright memory in his no doubt bewildering world. I hope he found happiness.

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