Faith Healing

Faith Healing. A topic that makes me physically sick to think and hear about. People actually allow their children to suffer in pain (and even die) by “praying” for them to get better rather than taking them to a medical professional. It disgusts me. It just makes you wonder how parents can do that to their children. How can you idly sit by and let your child die in pain and agony?

I’m very thankful that I haven’t had a personal experience with faith healing. Because I wouldn’t allow it to happen.  And I beg each and every one of you to stop this from happening if you know of someone in your community who is killing their child like this.

FAITH HEALING IS CHILD ABUSE. You might as well take a gun and shoot your child in the head. It would be more humane than letting them die of, for example, bacterial pneumonia like two year old Kent Schaible. His parents, Herbert and Catherine Schaible of Philadelphia, chose not to take Kent to a doctor, relying instead on faith healing. “We tried to fight the devil, but, in the end, the devil won,” Herbert Schaible said at the time. A jury convicted the Schaibles of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. The boy’s symptoms had included coughing, congestion, crankiness and a loss of appetite. His parents said he was eating and drinking until the last day, and they had thought he was getting better.

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The Schaibles were sentenced to 10 years’ probation (They should have been charged for murder).

The parents said they would never again avoid medical attention for their other children. Unfortunately, on April 18 (2013), their 7-month-old son Brandon died after suffering severe diarrhea and breathing problems. The couple prayed over their son until he passed away.

It is truly sickening. These people deserve to rot in their hell. More realistically, they deserve to be put to death for allowing two innocent children to die in their care (or lack thereof).

Does faith healing work?

HELL NO.

There have been no scientific studies that affirm the efficacy of faith healing. In fact, medical research has found that faith healing has a dismal track record. A 1998 study from the journal Pediatrics found that of 172 children who died after their parents refused medical care, 140 of the deaths were from conditions for which survival rates with medical care would have exceeded 90 percent. The children’s deaths resulted from treatable diseases, such as pneumonia, meningitis and insulin-dependent diabetes. In one dramatic case, a 2-year-old girl choked to death on a banana while her parents and other adults prayed for her recovery. <—– WHAT THE FUCK?!?!?!?!? Yeah, these religious bigots thought that they could pray away the choking. “Heimlich? Naaa fuck that.  That doesn’t work. I’ll just pray she stops choking.” (Not an actual quote).

Faith healing is subject to a number of state laws and exemptions, many of which shield parents from prosecution even when their child dies of an easily treated illness. This NEEDS to be changed. Faith healing needs to be considered child abuse and removed from our society. Faith healing is just more evidence that religious people are ignorant. Ignorant to modern medicine. And I would be fine with it, if it only affected these religious bigots. But it doesn’t just affect them. It affects their children. Most of the time it kills their children. The last time I check, letting your children die was illegal. Now all of a sudden when you say it was faith healing it’s not even child abuse? It’s just endangering the welfare of a child? What the fuck is wrong with you!? Children die from their parents’ ignorant faith healing and they don’t even get charged with murder? Now I am all for the First Amendment and Freedom of Religion, but your right to Freedom of Religion (practicing faith healing) violates your children’s right to life (, liberty, etc.)! What you must understand is that your rights stop dead in their tracks where the rights of another begin. Your right to practice faith healing stops when it threatens your child’s right to live.

There just isn’t much as a precedent for this kind of case. I read an article about a case in Wisconsin that went to the Supreme Court. It’s a year old article (from 2012, which you can read here), about a faith healing case from 2008 where 11-year-old Madeline “Kara” Neumann died after her parents prayed for her recovery but did not take her to see a doctor. Before her death, Kara’s father saw that she looked dehydrated and so he recommended using Pedialyte. However, her mother said that would “take glory from God.” The autopsy found that Kara had a treatable form of diabetes.

It is sad that this poor girl died from something treatable. Judge Vincent Howard of Marathon County Circuit Court said that “The free exercise clause of the First Amendment protects religious belief but not necessarily conduct.” And I couldn’t agree more. It relates back to my earlier point that your right to practice this insane and idiotic belief does not give you the right to allow someone (your own child!) to die a horrible and painful death. First Amendment privileges do not excuse the harming of another person.

It just makes me sick to think about this. And it happens every day all over the world. Hopefully one day the Supreme Court will rule that faith healing should be illegal. Which it should be. Anything that causes the death of innocent children should be illegal. Right? Of course.

Now that you’ve read mine, tell me what your thoughts are on this issue.