Taken from Intolerant Faith
, posted by Joe McCraw
"Negligent Fundie Parents Deny Life-saving Treatment To Daughter.
Kara Neumann, the victim of negligence by her wack-job Christian fundamentalist parents, was denied treatment by her parents, ended up dying from juvenille diabetes complications. She could have survived the ordeal, had she been taken to the hospital, yet her parents, justified in their belief that god will save their daughter if they had enough faith, did nothing as their child withered away from dehydration and eventually fatal organ failure. This story is proof that they are not fit to be parents, and I really hope they are held responsible for their actions, and held to task for their daughter's death. People will say that religion is a positive thing sometimes, but I doubt there are many who wouldn't point to this story as being a negative thing. Religion is sometimes responsible for evil in this world, and we should stand united against anyone who would subjugate another's rights due to their religious beliefs.
Wisconsin – US courts are now looking to crack down on parents who allow their children to die, believing that God will heal them, rather then medicine.
Kara Neumann was only 11 years old when she passed away, after weeks spent at home, dying of complications of the juvenile diabetes that her parents refused to have treated. Their belief that God would intervene persisted, even as she lost the ability to walk, speak, or move on her own.
It was a relative who finally called police, frantic after learning the depth of what was going on. The police rushed an ambulance to the home, but it was too late. Kara was dead, the final cause being dehydration, and organ failure, as a result of her diabetes being left untreated.
This is just one of many of the cases of treatable ailments leading to a child’s death because of the parent’s unwillingness to act, believing God will cure all, and the US justice system has decided enough is enough. Dale and Leilani Neumann, Kara’s parents, have been indicted on charges of reckless endangerment leading to the death of a child.
Her parents argue that such a charge, or any punishment at all, violates their freedom of religion. The courts disagree.
“The free exercise clause of the First Amendment protects religious belief,” Judge Vincent Howard of Marathon County Circuit Court said of his decision to indict. “but not necessarily conduct.”
If convicted, both Mr and Mrs Neumann could face 25 years in prison, each. It is thought that this will be the first of many to take a firm stand against the reliance of “faith healing”."