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Ned Carter has written a Kama Sutra for evangelical Christians. It’s called Zero Shades of Grey: A Christian Guide to Acceptable Sex:
Pro-Life Republican Complains About Proposed Law to Punish ‘Faith-Healing’ Parents Who Kill Their Children
Already, several children have died because their parents were members of the Followers of Christ church in Oregon and believed that illnesses could be cured through prayer instead of by trained professionals. The state, in response, passed a law that removed religious exemptions in the case of such a death.
In Idaho, the list of children who have died through religious neglect may be even longer, but the state hasn’t acted on it.
Considering the state’s House and Senate are run by Republicans, I was doubtful that the law would change, but it looks like common sense is finally making a breakthrough:
Democratic Rep. John Gannon of Boise says Idaho’s existing faith-healing exemptions for injury-to-a-child crimes should be updated. He has support from Linda Martin, an Oregon woman who left the church in Idaho decades ago and has returned this week to champion the changes.
“These children need a chance to grow up,” Martin told The Associated Press Thursday.
In Idaho, someone found guilty of felony injury to a child — causing conditions likely to produce great bodily harm or death or permitting a child to be injured — can get a decade behind bars.
But the law has this exemption: “Treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone shall not for that reason alone be construed to have violated the duty of care to such child.”
Gannon’s proposal would lift that exemption “whenever a child’s medical condition may cause death or permanent disability.”
“Medical treatment for physical harm to a child should supersede every other consideration,” Gannon said.
This is one of those bills that ought to be immune from debate. You can respect religious freedom while still drawing a line at preventable deaths of children due to the parents’ religious beliefs.
Richard Dawkins has gone on the record as saying he would never debate Creationists because “they’ve won the moment you agree to have a debate at all. Because what they want is the oxygen of respectability.”