Religions are dangerous. Nowhere is this more obvious than in cases of child abuse. The Catholic Church is #1 in this area, but to me killing children in the name of faith healing is even more abhorrent.
You can recover from sexual abuse. You can't recover from dying.
Yesterday an Oregon boy died of a urinary tract blockage. A radio news report I heard this afternoon said it's an exceedingly painful way to die. A catheter probably would have saved him.
I hope his Followers of Christ parents rot in hell. I don't believe in hell, but if it exists, parents who kill their children deserve priority admission.
The crazy thing is that Oregon law allows anyone 14 years or older to deny medical treatment. So if the boy had been sufficiently infected with Followers of Christ insanity and refused the catheter, his parents may not be able to be criminally charged.
Ava Worthington died March 2 at home from bacterial bronchial pneumonia and infection, according to Dr. Christopher Young, a deputy state medical examiner. He said both conditions could have been prevented or treated with antibiotics.
The child's breathing was further compromised by a benign cyst that had never been medically addressed and could have been removed from her neck, Young said.
That's outrageous. Equally outrageous is how legislators in this country allow ignorant religious loonies to kill their children in the name of their imaginary God.
If people were sacrificing children in the name of an Aztec deity, they'd be punished. But if they do it in the name of Jesus, the law generally looks the other way.
As reported in "A child's death and a crisis of faith," most states give some sort of free pass to religious child abuse.
In all, 45 states offer some legal accommodations in child-protection laws for parents who use spiritual healing, according to the Christian Science church. The laws vary widely, with some states protecting parents or guardians from felony abuse or murder prosecutions, while others exempt prayer practice only in misdemeanor cases, according to Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty Inc., a nonprofit group based in Sioux City, Iowa, that opposes such laws.
Wisconsin has three statutes providing religious healing exceptions: one in the child-abuse laws, one in the laws concerning crimes against children, and one that bars the state from forcing medical care on someone who chooses Christian Science prayer. The state's child-abuse laws were amended in 1987 to say: "A person is not guilty of an offense ... solely because he or she provides a child with treatment by spiritual means through prayer alone for healing." The wording was requested by the local Christian Science government-relations office, according to the Wisconsin Legislative Council, a state agency.
Whenever I hear someone say "What's wrong with believing in God?" I think of all the children who have died in the name of faith. Not to mention the countless others who have otherwise suffered at the hands of religious believers.