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.
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.
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?