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Thursday, March 27, 2008

So Let Me Get This Straight...

If you get busted for pot, you could possibly go to jail, have some of your money or assets seized, lose student aid, lose voting rights, or even lose custody of your children.

So what happens to people like these parents?":

WESTON, Wis. — An 11-year-old girl died after her parents prayed for healing rather than seek medical help for a treatable form of diabetes, police said Tuesday. [...]

Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days, suffering symptoms like nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.

The girl's parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to "apparently they didn't have enough faith," the police chief said. [...]

The mother believes the girl could still be resurrected, the police chief said. [all emphasis mine]

This death clearly didn't need to happen. The article refers to the girl's condition as "a treatable form of diabetes." So while most people could go get some insulin treatment and live on, this girl had to suffer for a month and eventually die because of an ideology forced upon her by her parents.

So what of the parents who let this happen?
The girl has three siblings, ranging in age from 13 to 16, the police chief said.

"They are still in the home," he said. "There is no reason to remove them. There is no abuse or signs of abuse that we can see."

Well, look closer, chief. I know religion is a touchy subject and all, but now might be a good time to voice some criticism. I also understand the problems and complexities that come with government judging parents fit or unfit and the adverse effects on children or teens who are taken forcefully from their parents. But in this case - although a lose/lose situation - I can't imagine that the siblings could be any worse off in state custody than they would be with parents whose idea of treatment is prayer and/or subsequent resurrection.

It's stories like these that make me hope that I'm wrong, and that there really is a hell for such people.


UPDATE: FoxNews, where I originally found this article, now has a new version of the article posted. It's almost exactly the same. However, the new version does not include the mother's statement about resurrection and does not include the police chief's statement that the siblings are still in the home. Both versions are attributed to the AP. I don't know the reason for the revision, but it's interesting.

UPDATE 2: Both versions of the story are actually listed in the "Most Read" column of the FoxNews.com site.

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