Back in April I wrote about Herbert and Catherine Schaible who, at that time, had just had a second child die of neglect. They called it faith-healing, but while there was plenty of faith, there was absolutely no healing and the result was the death of their son at the hands of bacterial pneumonia. A miniscule trust in doctors would have done what all the faith in god did not (and has never done).
And a Pennsylvania judge won’t be letting them off the hook:
The Schaibles were sentenced to 10 years of probation in 2011 for involuntary manslaughter in the death of their 2-year-old son. The couple had relied on prayer rather than medical treatment in that case as well. The Schaibles were required to get medical care for their children as a condition of probation.
Judge Benjamin Lerner noted the condition in a hearing on Wednesday, according to the Inquirer account. “They promised never to let something like this happen again,” Lerner said. “But when push came to shove, they prayed, with no more attention to that promise than a puff of air.”
Most Christians, because the emphasis is on believing a guy rose from the dead, will argue that regardless of what a person believes that it is special, sacred, or must even be respected. By doing so, you are necessarily absolving everybody, from liberal Christians to the maniacs, of the responsibility to think, to work, to make sure they don’t hold ridiculous ideas. It is that environment that allows people to hold the bad ideas that cause them to murder children, even as they love their children deeply.
Badly formed, unsupported ideas are not beautiful, and calling them “faith” does not unmake that.