Lauruhhpalooza posted the article a few days ago
about the parents who killed their daughter because their religious beliefs prevented them from seeking medical help. The brief recap: Kara Neumann died of diabetic ketoacidosis on Easter Sunday 2008; she could have been easily saved by known medical procedures but her parents let her die because of their religious beliefs. They killed their child for fear of their imaginary friend!
Today I stumbled upon this article
, its a long, heart-wrenching, infuriating read. It centers the story around Kara, and the impending trial of her parents; but also has some statistics and other general information about similar child deaths. One of the shocking tid-bits is that some surveys estimate 500,000 Americans with religious beliefs that prevent them from seeking help from modern medicine. The most shocking and agonizing though is that in the last 25 years there have been 300 cases of children deaths where modern medicine could have easily saved the child, but the parents' religious beliefs prevented them from seeking the help that would have saved their child's life. That comes out to a sickening average of ONE CHILD PER MONTH for the last 25 years!
What's worse is that the religious community is declaring Kara's parents as heroes for standing up for their religious belief. Several groups are calling for charges to be dropped, and another is raising money to hire them the best defense money can buy.
I can tolerate people's religious views (as long as they leave us non-believers alone); but its stuff like this that really gets me worked up. I have to fight down the feeling that extreme measures should be taken against religion.
Kara Neumann 1996-2008