I generally have libertarian leanings when it relates to the parent/child relationship, but I can’t help but feel there should be a criminal price for this kind of stupidity:
Wisconsin authorities will consider filing charges in the case of an 11-year-old girl who died on Easter Sunday of complications from diabetes that went untreated because police say her parents’ obscure religious beliefs do not allow medical intervention.***
Eells does say his church does not believe in the the medical intervention.
“We are not commanded in scripture to send people to the doctor but to meet their needs through prayer and faith. As anyone here in the ministry will tell you, we are not against doctors for those who have their faith there and never condemn or restrict them in any way,” Eells writes. “But we know that the best one to trust in for healing is Jesus Christ. The foundation for receiving this benefit from Him is repentance and faith in His promises.”
Sleeter says when officials started to investigate the case, the Neumanns were initially cooperative, but said the couple, who have three other teenaged children, are “of the opinion that they’ve talked to us and there’s nothing else they want to say.”
At the very least, something needs to be done about the rest of their kids. The question, I suppose, is where do you draw the line in a free society in regards to this sort of thing?