Iagree that refusing a child proper medical care is horribly disgusting negligence, and should certainly be a punishable offense.
Do I think that parents should use prayer as an alternative to actual medical care? No, of course not. However, I don't think there is any legal way to tell parents that they can't pray. We can however hold them accountable if praying is ALL they do.
The best option I can think of is if people that see this going on report it to child services. If that is done, there is the real hope that they will intervene, get the child the help it needs, find the parents unfit and a child will not need to needlessly die. That really is the most important part here. Even if the parents go to jail after the fact, that doesn't help the child if they had to die an easily avoidable death. The parents may say it's 'gods will' but the only thing they are guilty of is being born into a toxic family environment. So it really is important that people come forward before it's too late.
They are filthy excuses for human beings - And should be fully prosecuted under the law.
We all know that if a parent had sexual intercourse with their child ... and said ... "Oh , but my FAITH tells me that it's OK!" They would be considered very sick individuals indeed.
But to refuse medical treatment - how is this any different?
They are endangering the life a child. I don't give a fuck whether it's their child or not. If they can't be rational human beings ... they shouldn't be allowed to have children in the first place.
Ah. Well, my opinion is still the same.
Prayer + medical care = good
Prayer - medical care = bad