. . .And why faith healing should never be take seriously.
Recently on his show, "Pray in Jesus Name", Gordon Klingenschmitt stated that he would prefer to rely on god above instead of the government to provide his healthcare. It seems that old Dr. Chaps has forgotten about all the children who have died because their parents thought the same way as he does and a state who allows them to suffer and die.
Klingenschmitt might not be aware but in Idaho it's legal for parents to not seek medical attention for their children for religious based reasons. The law states that "Any person who willfully causes or permits a child to be placed in a situation that its person or health is endangered could spend 10 years in prison. Prayer or spiritual means alone shall not for that reason alone be construed to have violated the duty of care to the child." Meaning that in Idaho if your child falls ill and you pray for them instead of taking them to a doctor you're free to go. To Idaho law makers you're an innocent grieving parent. To me however you're an unfit parent and deserve ten years in prison.
I've heard the argument that the members of Followers of Christ are good people who just have more faith than most and are ignorant to any other manner. Does that excuse them though? Does ignorance mean you can do horrible things and not receive some sort of punishment for it? If I believe a deity could order me to kill my neighbor and I believed they did order me am I excused when I kill them? NO. So why should parents who allow their children to die because they think if they take their kids to a doctor it's a sign of poor faith and their precious church will look down upon them be free from punishment?
The names of the child who have died because of this small group in Idaho are etched into rows of gave stones in
Peaceful Valley Cemetery. A quarter of the graves in the cemetery belong to children. Many of the children whose deaths have been documented are Preston Bowers (Age 2. Pneumonia.), Rockwell Sevy (Age 14. Pneumonia.), Arrian Jade Granden (Age 15. Food poisoning that resulted in a ruptured esophagus.), and Jerry Gardener (Age 11. Diabetes.). Everything these children died from are treatable or in the case or Gardener, controllable. Without medical attention however they're fatal. With these children there are easily hundreds more, yet a law to protect them has yet to be implemented and I believe it's about time to make a law to protect these children rather than their parents.
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