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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Speaking of deadly religious extremists…

Associated Press: A couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.


A jury convicted the Schaibles of involuntary manslaughter in the January 2009 death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. The boy’s symptoms had included coughing, congestion, crankiness and a loss of appetite. His parents said he was eating and drinking until the last day, and they had thought he was getting better.
Once again, the Schiables made sure that their child got the very best health care available to any person in the stone age. They have seven other children and they should so lose custody of them. None of them are safe in their parents’ care. If you need a measure of the power of prayer in healing, here you go; prayer was identical to neglect. I always say that the only difference between praying and doing nothing is intent — and it’s stories like this one that back me up.

But hey, it looks like we finally found the Republican alternative to healthcare reform.

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