Parents prayed with ministry founderPrayer's been proven, time and time and time again to be completely ineffective. Yet, for some reason, in times of crisis such as this, people still appeal to this barbaric ritual.
He called family night before diabetic girl died
By BILL GLAUBER
Posted: March 27, 2008
On the night before 11-year-old Madeline Kara Neumann died of complications from untreated diabetes, her parents did not call a doctor.
Instead, Dale and Leilani Neumann prayed over the telephone Saturday with the founder of a religious Web site named AmericasLastDays.com.
I just don't get it.
Did these people pray for Madeline's well being, or were they simply trying to find their own peace of mind as their daughter lay dying from something which is entirely treatable?
A lot of things piss me off, but I don't think anything infuriates me more than these displays of willful ignorance and stupidity, and unlike most of society, I see no reason why these people should be allowed to get away with this crime simply because they sought to invoke whatever sky-fairy around which their religion is built.
Don't get me wrong, I big fan of religious freedom. I think people should have the right to believe as they wish no matter how archaic and barbaric it is. So long as innocent people are not killed as a result of their beliefs, it's all fine and dandy. And, if this young girl was eighteen and not a minor, and if she made this decision on her own, I'm fine with that.
But, she was eleven-years old. She was dependent upon her parents. And, in the end, her well being was ignored, and she was senselessly and needlessly killed by them.
The sad thing is, these people should be jailed. I know if I had children and allowed them to die as a result of this level of neglect, I'd be locked up. But, the Neumanns won't be. They will be allowed to hang onto, and potentially kill their other kids all because someone somewhere thinks that religious beliefs such as these are admirable and good.
I'm glad my parents placed their faith in medical science, as opposed to some superstitious delusion, when I was a child. I'd have never survived.
Posted By Dan to The Wisdom of a Distracted Mind at 3/28/2008 08:16:00 AM