On average in the United States, ONE CHILD PER MONTH dies because of their parents religious beliefs.
Jury selection starts for the trial of Leilani Neumann this week. She is charged with second-degree reckless homicide for the death of her eleven-year-old daughter Madeline 'Kara' Neumann
. Dale Neumann's trial is scheduled for July.
Not long ago was the woman who starved her son to death (because he wouldn't say "Amen"). I'm glad to see she has been charged with first degree murder, since this is not neglect but murder.
Gaytor recently posted
on the thirteen-year-old from Sleepy Eye Minnesota who is refusing chemotherapy. Daniel Hauser has Hodgkin's lymphoma, which doctors consider the most curable type of cancer. This isn't just a case of his parents denying him medical treatment; he is professing his opposition and his parents are backing him.
Daniel says the treatment would violate his religious beliefs. He has filed an affidavit stating that he is "a medicine man and church elder in the Nemenhah
, an American Indian religious organization that his parents joined 18 years ago." He told the court "I am opposed to chemotherapy because it is self-destructive and poisonous. I want to live a virtuous life, in the eyes of my creator, not just a long life." This poor kid has plain-and-simply been brainwashed!
If a court order does come down requiring chemotherapy, his mother (Colleen Hauser) has already stated she would not comply; and obviously Daniel is going to resist. So what can the court, or a judge do? Science blogger Orac lists what he sees as the only options:
- Try to make Daniel and his family see reason. (Not bloody likely.)
- Force Daniel to undergo therapy. (Very ugly and problematic from an ethical standpoint.)
- Let Daniel die from religious-inspired medical neglect. (Horrible and wasteful.)
If you're interested, check out the more detailed blog report from Orac: Another child sacrificing himself on the altar of irrational belief