If your two-month-old infant is hurt in a traffic accident, do you take him to the nearest hospital — or to a church?
To one religious couple, the answer was obvious:
A couple in Russia face jail after their religious zeal compelled them to drive their child, injured in a car crash, to church for an urgent baptism rather than to hospital. … The boy sustained a brain injury in a minor crash in St. Petersburg on Saturday despite being in a child safety seat.
The baby died.
The worried parents sped him up to the church because otherwise he would be denied the Kingdom of Heaven.
Church authorities were quick to distance themselves from the fatal parental decision. According to the press agency UPI, a spokesman for the St. Petersburg Orthodox Church said
“This is superstition, not religion. They should have gone to the hospital.”
In a display of candor rarely rivaled by American law enforcement, a Russian investigator working on the case added
“A psychiatric ward is the best temple for such people.”
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