Another Point for the Power of Prayer

PZ Myers leads us to a disgusting story:

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20101207_First__do_no_harm__Prayer_or_medic…

When Kent got sick in January 2009, his parents, Herbert, 42, and Catherine, 41, followed the teachings of their fundamentalist church and prayed fervently.

For 10 days the couple remained in their Northeast Philadelphia home praying over their 2-year-old son’s 32-pound body, believing his symptoms, including a sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, and trouble swallowing and sleeping were signs of a bad cold or flu.

For 10 days the couple remained in their Northeast Philadelphia home praying over their 2-year-old son’s 32-pound body, believing his symptoms, including a sore throat, chest congestion, diarrhea, and trouble swallowing and sleeping were signs of a bad cold or flu.

When the boy died of bacterial pneumonia on Jan. 24, 2009, Philadelphia Assistant Medical Examiner Edwin Lieberman ruled the death a homicide, noting that it could have been prevented with basic medical care.

Of course the couple claim they are being Persecuted. Well, why not? Their mealy-mouthed pastor says: “The result was not what they wanted because our faith is imperfect at times. But God is perfect.” So, they should be perfectly happy with being arraigned for homicide, as a result of their “imperfect faith,” shouldn’t they?

Luckily:

Pennsylvania is not among the 19 states that allow religious defenses in cases involving felony crimes against children, according to Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc. (CHILD), a Sioux City, Iowa, nonprofit “dedicated to stopping child abuse and neglect related to religious beliefs and cultural traditions.”

http://www.childrenshealthcare.org/

“This prosecution sends a message that society values the life of a child. A child is not just property of his parents, and parents must do everything within their power to safeguard the lives of children,” [Rita] Swan [president of CHILD] said.

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