Dependence on prayer kills again.

But this time, it’s particularly disgusting.

A Philadelphia couple — serving 10 years’ probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor — has violated their probation now that another of their children has died.

Want to know how to get probation instead of jail time for neglecting your children to death?  Call it religion.

And if you ever needed further proof of the extent to which religion is capable of corrupting the human mind, here it is.  They watched as prayer did not save their first child, and while anybody depending on what works would have long since written off prayer, even not working wasn’t enough to shake their faith.

Faith is nothing but an excuse to believe foolish things and, as we can see, foolish beliefs are not without consequences.  Pursued gullibility is always irresponsible, not just when it twists a parent’s desire to save their child into the machinations of murder.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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