Friday, February 5, 2010

Prayer Fails Two Children of Faith Healers, Justice System Does Not

A couple, members of the Oregon-based Christ Church which practices faith-healing, has been found guilty of criminally negligent homicide in the death of their 16-year old son, months after their 15-month old granddaughter died under similar circumstances. "Faith-healing" is an extremist Christian practice in which believers anoint the ill with oils and pray for their health, yet avoid doctors and traditional medicine. It has been known to cause death in... basically everyone.

Jeff and Marci Beagley refused to seek proper medical treatment for their 16-year old son who was suffering from a congenital urinary tract blockage which doctors say could have been treated up to the very day of the youth's death. Their 15-month old granddaughter, who was also treated using "faith-healing" techniques and also died, succumbed to pneumonia and a blood infection. Her parents were acquitted of manslaughter in 2009.

The Beagleys face 16-18 months in prison, though their lawyer plans to ask for probation. The couple is free until sentencing, later this month.

While "common sense" and logic is typically considered the enemy of faith, this is an idea subscribed to, and forwarded by, retards. If God is an omniscient being, as Judaeo-Christian mythology insists, then He obviously sanctioned - and is even responsible for - the development of medicines and medical practices, right? Thus, the Beagleys and their fellow "faith-healers" are guilty of placing themselves before God... and murder.

© C Harris Lynn, 2010

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