Well, Oregon is one state that seems to get it right:
An Oregon couple was found guilty Tuesday of criminally negligent homicide for praying over their ill son instead of seeking medical help.
The jury returned the verdict on the second day of deliberations in the trial of Jeff and Marci Beagley, both members of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City. Church members gasped as Judge Steven Maurer read the verdicts.
Prosecutors said the Beagleys had a duty as parents to provide medical care for their 16-year-old son, Neil, who died in 2008 of complications from a urinary tract blockage. The defense argued the teenager had symptoms more like a cold or the flu.
Okay, seriously? I’m going to call bullshit right there. Urinary tract blockages have a ton of symptoms including, get this, pain and blood when you pee. But then again, how the fuck would the parents know, since they obviously don’t follow conventional medicine? I fail to see how this point would be even remotely relevant even if it was true.
And get this: it’s not even the first time they’ve done this.
The Beagleys are the parents of Raylene Worthington, who along with her husband were acquitted of manslaughter last year in the March 2008 death of their 15-month-old daughter, Ava, from pneumonia and a blood infection. Her husband, Carl Brent Worthington, was convicted of misdemeanor criminal mistreatment.
The Beagleys were present at the death of their granddaughter, laying on hands after anointing her with oil and praying for her to be healed instead of seeking medical care that church members avoid.
Greg Horner, the chief deputy district attorney who also prosecuted the faith healing trial, argued that the Beagleys should have been alert to the potential for relatively mild symptoms to mask serious and even fatal disease after the death of their granddaughter.
So that’s, what, three strikes on them? It should be pretty obvious that their prayers, at the very least, suck, since they seem to keep resulting in dead children. Really, I don’t have any sympathy for these people. Because of their (astounding) ignorance, their children die. It wouldn’t surprise me if they sought medical attention for themselves whenever they’ve been sick, either. Either that, or their parents did, because since they seem to lose family members at a somewhat accelerated rate, it stands to reason that their odds of survival should have been much lower.
That’s faith for you.