US lawmaker defends faith healing loons

US lawmaker defends faith healing loons

Idaho Republican Christy Perry, above, has has again set her face against a proposed ban on faith-healing, insisting that it could violate the religious rights of her constituents – many of whom reject medical care for themselves and their families with deadly consequences.

It was first reported in January this year that Perry was against the ban, proposed by State Representative John Gannon, who wants to narrow the loophole to that protects parents who rely on faith-healing from prosecution.

Gannon proposed the law after a string of deaths in Marsing, Idaho, among the congregation of the Followers of Christ church. Autopsy reports of multiple children showed that their deaths could have been prevented by medical intervention. Instead, their bodies now lie in a cemetery overlooking the Snake River.

But Perry insists Followers of Christ have a First Amendment right to deny medical care to their children on religious grounds, arguing that they are perhaps more comfortable confronting death. Said Perry:

Children do die. I’m not trying to sound callous, but (reformers) want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not – it’s a way of life.

The lawmaker said most of the calls for reform she’s received have come from out of state.

As you move out West, we tend to be much more independent people, and Idaho is a lot like that.

Perry added that her district was particularly anti-government.

(Followers of Christ) do not look to the government to help them at all. They’re very self-sufficient and know how to take care of themselves. In Canyon County, people hunt to feed their families, they fish, (and) they grow their own food.

Perry said faith healers are caring parents who simply trust in God’s will.

They are comforted by the fact that they know their child is in heaven. If I want to let my child be with God, why is that wrong?

The lawmaker questioned the motives of faith-healing reformers.

Is it really because these children are dying more so than other children, or is this really about an attack on a religion you don’t agree with?

Last year we reported that in Idaho, authorities do not investigate or prosecute faith-healing deaths. In the last three years at least 12 children of faith-healing parents have died in the state, largely without scrutiny from the public or the media – and not a single charge has been filed.

24 responses to “US lawmaker defends faith healing loons”

  1. Broga says:

    This woman has her independence to the extent that it exists corrupted by religion. Any time I see someone in the UK arguing against assisted dying I think they are very likely to be RCs or very religious. They should be asked to state their religion so that we can see them for what they are and ignore them. They will have had their minds made up in advance of any facts.

  2. Daz says:

    “I’m not trying to sound callous”

    Yes, we noticed you didn’t have to try.

  3. L.Long says:

    Well if being stupid is genetic you could look at it as evilution at work.
    So they are killing them selves off.

  4. Lon says:

    These people have every right to practice their faith on themselves. The children of these faith healing loons should be taken from them immediately and the parents should be required to undergo sterilization. Defenseless children need to be protected from the dire consequences of their parents’ religious delusions.

  5. barriejohn says:

    As you move out West, we tend to be much more …

    Please complete in an appropriate fashion.

  6. Daz says:

    If God had meant people to be healed by faith alone, she wouldn’t have invented doctors. #IfReligionWasTrue

    I wonder if these people apply the same ‘thought’ processes when their car breaks down, not their body. No need to get out the spanners, or take it to a mechanic, just pray it better!

  7. Robster says:

    Christian logic-“death is an anomaly. But it’s not – it’s a way of life”. Bit like the life after death nonsense, death means death, not more life. So death is a “way of life”, no different I suppose to drying clothes in the swimming pool. with a grasp on logic like that, I’d suggest it’s no surprise the Jesus brigade can swallow the absurd nonsense they’re told to believe.

  8. gegsieline says:

    The USA is the only western country (outside of a mental asylum) where these issues would be considered worthy of debate.

  9. Trevor Blake says:

    In religious stories God provides food from heaven. Maybe religious parents should be free to deny their children food as well.

    Or maybe these murderous parents should have their children taken from them. And then these murderous parents should be put in prison the rest of their lives.

    As an atheist with no moral compass I can’t tell if it is good or bad to let children die from preventable diseases in the name of an invisible monster that lives in the sky. Better let the religious people decide since I’m unclear. Child sacrifice? Okay. As long as nobody’s feelings got hurt.

  10. Laura Roberts says:

    Drives me nuts that people like her claim to be “independent” because they live out west. I’ve lived nearly 20 years “out west”, have friends and relatives who worked or owned ranches and can report that they are not any more “independent” than anywhere else.

    Ranchers and farmers depend on Conservation Reserve Program lands, they receive agricultural exemptions that lower property taxes (on land most of them inherited), they get drought relief, low-interest agricultural loans and even livestock feed programs. Heck, the fences across many open spaces are paid for by American taxpayers.

    I don’t begrudge them any of that, but don’t dare call them “independent”. WE the people help pay for their way of life. As the SNL computer guy used to say, “And by the way …YOU’RE WELCOME!”

  11. Paul Cook says:

    This defence of religion makes me furious.

    It is time we stopped this utter nonsense.

    It is delusional to believe this nonsense as some kind of truth, real fact and a way to live life.

    OT but the bible bashing corp has this today about a poll of Muslims and the cartoon attacks
    I couldn’t believe it. Apologies but I have to say this Kotecha you are a F***ing moronic pr***k. Grow up.

    “By Sima Kotecha, Today reporter
    Islam is a religion of peace and love – not violence: sentiments that have been expressed numerous times here in Bradford.”

  12. Broga says:

    According to this deluded woman parents should be happy to have their child dead and in heaven. Seems to me like a case for killing the kids and getting them straight to Paradise instead of living in the vale of tears.

    Plenty of air time on BBC this morning given to Muslims telling us that their prophet musn’t be cariacatured, that they had sympathy with the motives of the Charlie Hebdo murderers (weasel words), and that their vicious religion was a religion of peace. The interviewer did not challenge nor quote their holy book back at them.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Trevor Blake: “In religious stories God provides food from heaven. Maybe religious parents should be free to deny their children food as well.”

    You seem a fairly clued-up sort of a person, so this should come as no surprise to you:

    A group called the Breatharians claims to have the answer to this worldwide dilemma and to other food-related diseases: stop eating. Or rather, live off prana, which is a Sanskrit word that translates to “life air” or “life force.”

    Maybe not.

  14. barriejohn says:

    Laura Roberts:

    Those are very good points. Sometimes spin is everything. I remember a report of someone famous who made a point of always being early for his first appointment, after which, having emphasised how important punctuality was to him, he could be as late as he liked on subsequent occasions and people would say: “He must have been unavoidably delayed”. Despite all the hype over “monetarism”, Reagan’s spending was profligate (mainly military spending), and it was Democrat Bill Clinton who balanced the books; and Margaret Thatcher declared that paying off the national debt was not a priority with her – despite what people might have thought. Prior to the activities of Dr Goebbels, propaganda wasn’t a dirty word, but even he and Machiavelli would surely be amazed at the way that a gullible public are so easily duped today!

  15. Ex Patriot says:

    The stupid meter just hit a new high with this brain dead woman.How in the hell do people like her get voted into office, the voters must be just as brain dead as she is . These brain dad people talking to some non existent sky monster to cure their sick child are doing nothing more than imposing the death sentence on their child, they should be put in jail for life. Religion is killing these children, with the help of the stupid believers, it poisons everything

  16. Graham Martin-Royle says:

    If these people are so happy to have their children die and go to heaven, why are they opposed to abortion?

  17. Dave says:

    I seems intelligence and education don’t go together, how can the educated believe in such rubbish. I’m sure intelligent people wouldn’t.

  18. Marky Mark says:

    “how can the educated believe in such rubbish.”

    IQ is measured is several ways, one is spatial IQ

    I wonder how well the very religious would score with their spatial IQ

  19. EJ says:

    When you are brainwashed, your IQ is of little use, yet some do escape using their wits. I did.

    Bad information leads to bad thinking. A high IQ just makes the whole soggy mess more complicated. That’s all.

  20. Cali Ron says:

    @Laura Roberts: I was born and raised “out west”, my parents being brought to Cali as young children from Oklahoma (Yes, Grapes of Wrath could be about my grandparents) and I’ve seen no evidence of this special “western independence”. I hate it when some nut case like Christy Perry and the religious nuts killing their kids try to justify their stupidity with banal statements like “As you move out West, we tend to be much more independent people…”. Don’t try to equate your stupidity with location. Especially my location. Being in the “west” or “independent ” has nothing to do with being deluded about the invisible super hero in heaven. In fact, if they are so INDEPENDENT why are they DEPENDING on god to heal their children. Pure BS. These “believers” are just as crazy and deluded as islamic jihadists, fortunately for most Americans they are only a danger to their own children. Pity the children!

  21. dennis says:

    @at Laura, very correct these independent TEXANS get so mad when the check does not arrive on time, and then they turn on the poor in the country “bet the poor got their check on time” must be the third or fourth definition of independent. the Preppers are just as bad “I need my check to buy more ammo to protect my kids when doomsday hits.

  22. Maggie says:

    There must be something in the water in Idaho. Another lawmaker from the same state asked a doctor if woman can swallow camera for a gynaecological exam before a medical abortion.

    But then again… a Nevada lawmaker says cancer is a fungus and recommends simply flushing it out with baking soda.


  23. barriejohn says:

    Maggie: That sodium bicarbonate nonsense has been around for some time now, and those promoting it should be shot. Like the religiots, they are preying upon people who are extremely vulnerable and even desperate, and – guess what – making money in the process! The “treatment” is actually dangerous, and can lead to organ damage. There are not words to describe such amoral scum.

  24. Laura Roberts says:

    @barriejohn: love your story about punctuality. Gives me some Machiavellian ideas of my own…!