[FoRK] At the risk of inflaming JB and others ...
<jbone at place.org> on
Sun Mar 30 11:08:13 PDT 2008
There's nothing to say about this that hasn't already been said ad
nauseam. Just another one for the files.
On Mar 30, 2008, at 2:27 AM, Kynan Shook wrote:
> Well, I didn't want to be the one to strike up the religious wars
> again, but as long as it's going... ;-)
> The short summary:
> "Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin says an 11-year-old girl died
> after her parents prayed for healing rather than getting medical
> help for a treatable form of diabetes."
> There's some real choice quotes from the family, too:
> "The police chief says the girl's parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann,
> attributed the death to the fact they apparently didn't have enough
> "Her mother, Leilani Neumann, says she never expected her daughter
> to die. She says the family believes in the Bible and the Bible says
> healing comes from God, but they are not crazy, religious people."
> Now, I'm sure everybody will agree that this is an unfortunate
> event, regardless of their personal views. I'd guess that most
> would probably think it was wrong of the parents to do this. But
> when does it become "okay" to teach that a deity will heal you, and
> you can forgo science and medicine? If one wasn't making such
> ridiculous claims under the umbrella of religious beliefs, I'm sure
> all sorts of charges would be leveled, especially if you had some
> sort of leadership or authority, whether perceived or actual. But a
> religious leader (whether appointed, "chosen by god", self-appointed
> - officially or not) can say anything, and nobody can second guess it.
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