Faithful child killers

Read and weep — what the mind-numbing superstitions of Semitic cults can do to humanity. Hundreds of children have died over the last 25 years in the US because faith-healing parents did not provide medical care to save their lives. They believe that God is their healer and so all medical treatment is a sin.

Toddlers cried for days and died in front of their parents who were busy praying to the “Lord” for a miracle! One mother even disappeared with her child so that the court cannot force her to administer medical care to the ailing child. And this happens in America! This proves wealth or scientific advancement is absolutely of no use in unshackling a mind if it believes in an ideology which thwarts free thinking.

When a child dies, faith is no defense
Why do courts give believers a pass?

Leilani and Dale Neumann were sentenced for allowing their 11-year-old daughter, Madeline Kara Neumann, to die in 2008 from an undiagnosed but treatable form of diabetes. The Neumanns are affiliated with a faith-healing church called Unleavened Bread Ministries and continued to pray with other members while Madeline died. They could have received 25 years in prison. Instead, the court emphasized their religious rationale and gave them each six months in jail (to be served one month a year) and 10 years’ probation.

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While the vast majority of fundamentalist and faith-healing parents avail themselves of a doctor’s care when faced with a dire medical condition, some religious parents continue to maintain that belief in God means belief in His power and discretion to heal. They take literally the fact that one of the names of God in the Old Testament, Jehovah-Rapha, means “I am the Lord your Physician,” and point to Exodus 15:26, where God says, “I am the Lord that heals you.”

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Some parents go to incredible lengths to prevent doctors from doing God’s work. Colleen Hauser of Minnesota gained national attention in May when she went into hiding with her 13-year-old son to avoid a court order that he receive chemotherapy for a Hodgkins lymphoma tumor growing in his chest. She was eventually forced to yield; this month, her son finished his final radiation treatment and his family says his cancer is gone.

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While defendants generally show contrition for their actions, the Neumanns remained unrepentant about not calling emergency personnel until after Madeline stopped breathing. Leilani Neumann said: “I do not regret trusting truly in the Lord for my daughter’s health.” Dale Neumann told the court: “I am guilty of trusting my Lord’s wisdom completely. . . . Guilty of asking for heavenly intervention. Guilty of following Jesus Christ when the whole world does not understand. Guilty of obeying my God.”

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In Oregon, the Followers of Christ church has been cited for injuries and deaths associated with its faith-healing beliefs for decades. In one 10-year period, estimated Larry Lewman, an Oregon state medical examiner, the church experienced 25 child deaths related to faith-based medical neglect. A recent case involved Ava Worthington, a 15-month-old who fell ill in 2008. Rather than call doctors, her parents — Carl Brent Worthington and Raylene Worthingon — allowed a simple cyst on her neck to grow to the size of a softball as they anointed her with oil and administered small amounts of wine, according to testimony at the trial. She died of a blood infection and pneumonia.

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The next test of the faith-based defense will be in Philadelphia, where prosecutors last month charged Herbert and Catherine Schaible in the January death of their son, Kent Schaible, 2, from bacterial pneumonia. His parents and other adults prayed around him, practicing faith-healing for two weeks without seeking medical assistance. Then they called a funeral home. The couple were charged with involuntary manslaughter and other related crimes.

The problem is that Bible and Koran were written in very primitive societies which were at that time pits of the earth. Judea was a poor, back of beyond province of the Roman empire. The Arabs were poor and illiterate, living in caves and tents. The moment you start believing their “holy output”  literally, all kinds of horrors arise. Koran says mountains act as paper weights so that earth doesn’t fly away into the sky, and Bible says sun goes around the earth. Really terrible. It is unbelievable people are willing to kill rest of humanity for not believing in this horse shit.

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2 responses to “Faithful child killers

  1. VoP

    Feel free to leave a reply and initiate a larger discussion among friends that are against fundamentalist Christians on this forum

    http://forum.richarddawkins.net/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=99944

  2. VoP

    These child killers are also responsible for the “crash”

    Did Christianity Cause the Crash?
    http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200912/rosin-prosperity-gospel

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