Idaho zealots pose a deadly threat to kids

Idaho zealots pose a deadly threat to kids

My attention was drawn today to a petition just launched by Linda Martin, above, a former member of a faith-healing cult, calling on the state of Idaho to repeal laws that protect people who put their  trust in God to care for their kids, rather than medical professionals.

The petition points out that the 2015 Idaho Legislature passed a new parental rights bill that will become law July 1, 2015, and says:

It further strengthens the rights of parents that choose to let their children die unnecessary and painful deaths. Idaho still has a religious defense to manslaughter and neglect .

There are two websites dedicated to educating the public on the plight of children born into faith healing families in Idaho. We need to keep the pressure on Idaho lawmakers until they repeal these very harmful laws. It is important to share the links to these two websites to keep raising awareness that will help protect children’s rights in Idaho.

(You can access these sites here and here).

Earlier this year, in this report, Martin – a former  member of the Followers of Christ Church – said she could no longer sit back and watch Idaho children die in the name of God.

To sit there and do absolutely nothing for a child except pray for them and watch them suffer? That’s just inhumane.

Wikipedia says that, according to authorities in Oregon and other places where church members are found:

Numerous children have suffered premature deaths from treatable causes due to their parents’ refusal to seek medical care; a former Oregon state medical examiner claims the infant mortality rate within the Followers of Christ community is 26 times that of the general population.

Church members and others have argued that parents should have the right to select whatever methods of healing they deem appropriate for their children and that public policy, which requires use of conventional medicine over faith healing, constitutes a violation of freedom of religion.

Martin has some powerful opponents, not least Idaho’s Governor, Butch Otter, who, incidentally, believes that “poor people are genetically inferior”.


Then there’s Republican Representative, Christy Perry, above, a “pro-lifer” who suggested that the Followers of Christ are “more comfortable” confronting death.

Children do die. And I’m not trying to sound callous, but [people calling for reform] want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not. It’s a way of life.

Faith healers, she said, are not uncaring parents. They simply trust God above doctors and have faith that God will do what’s right.

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?

17 responses to “Idaho zealots pose a deadly threat to kids”

  1. L.Long says:

    NO ONE does evil like religion!!
    NEVER! Underestimate the depth, breath, or power of human stupidity!!!!
    And above talks about some excellent examples.
    I would like to see if there are record that show how many of these people have kids that died without seeing medical help, and how many of the parents have seen a doc. I’m willing to bet the hypocrisy rules supreme!!!!

    Besides this is as pure a BS as any, if there is NO PROOF of your idiot gawd and you pray to him, what kind of idiot does that make you????
    There are times when forced sterilization does not look all that bad!!!!

  2. Laura Roberts says:

    The silver lining to this cloud is that, the more attention these malevolent little trolls get, the more people turn away from religion.

  3. Stephen Mynett says:

    Hypocrisy does rule L. Long. These people will fight to protect a clump of non-sentient cells, even if the carrier of those cells has been raped or whose health is in danger from them but will then sit back and watch a child suffer an agonizing death.

  4. AgentCormac says:

    ‘Faith healing’. Probably the most perfect example of an oxymoron you’ll ever come across.

  5. Without religion, you have good people doing good things and bad people doing bad things. It takes religion to get good people to do bad things.

  6. dennis says:

    L. Long back in early 50′ my stanch JW Uncle’s son got sick with some disease. He did not recover. the prayers were not answered! but a few years latter the Uncle had a nerve problem with his jaw and rushed straight to the doctor. his explanation to the family and cult members was ” I knew it was not life threatening.” WHAT!

    Stephen Mynett its not just hypocrisy: its murder of the woman both physically and mentally.

    Laura Roberts another really horrible thought is if the troll children die that’s less of them also. Not the way i want to correct religion.

  7. Vanity Unfair says:

    If the parents really believe that their treatment is biblically sound then they will certainly not object to a biblically ordained punishment perhaps along the lines of:
    Matthew 18:6
    But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
    Luke 17:2
    It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
    Mark 9:42
    And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
    That’s a majority of 3:0 with John abstaining.
    And it might temporarily reinvigorate the millstone industry.

  8. Caute says:

    It would be rather revealing if the Republican Representative, Christy Perry had an unfortunate accident with that shotgun. How quickly the medics would be consulted …

  9. Newspaniard says:

    We Brits may be old fashioned and “un-cool” but I doubt that parents who let their children die in the way described, would be out of gaol for very long. (islamists excluded of course… they get away with anything)

  10. Trevor Blake says:

    Hope is a mix of effort and preference. Faith is a deliberate withholding of effort and an emphasis on preference in knowing contradiction of facts. Hope for the best, always. Beware faith, always.

    May these parents exhibit their faith in the ways described in Mark 16:17-18.

  11. Broga says:

    I think Sam Harris said there are no moderate Christians. They are merely refusing to practise what the religion they say they believe in teaches. They should be opposed. Not encouraged by tax funded faith schools and the BBC religious propaganda wing.

  12. JohnMWhite says:

    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?

    See what happens when religious people start to use logic?

    Their death cult worships a monster and they don’t mind his vicious nature one bit.

  13. Aarroneous says:

    Let the children die. It’s a cruel but inevitable way to let morons eventually make themselves extinct.

  14. jay says:

    Meanwhile, letting an 11 year old play basketball alone in the back yard for 90 minutes merits a felony charge for the parents:

    We are caught between ignorant parents and an obscenely invasive government.

  15. Robster says:

    On being recognised as complete idiots for following this “faith healing” nonsense, are these err…winners automatically entered in the annual Darwin Awards? They are doing the human genome a favour ending their family genetics.

  16. Ex Patriot says:

    This is another case of the brain dead voting the brain dead into office. I hope the ones fighting this have some success in getting these idiot laws repealed.