News: Faith Healing or Child Abuse?

News: Faith Healing or Child Abuse? April 25, 2014

by M. Dolon Hickmon at onFaith – For Sect in Idaho, Faith Healing Becomes Faith Killing

Although detested by God, the worship of Molek crops up among so-called believers in both the Old and New Testaments. Often referred to as “passing their sons and daughters through the fire,” the sacrifices were notably always children. Described as exceptionally painful, these innocent deaths were usually witnessed by the parents, who shared sympathetically in their own child’s suffering. By enduring, the adults hoped to prove their faith and earn favor from a deity.

Linda Martin sees similarities in the practices of the Followers of Christ.

Denied medical attention because of their parents’ religious beliefs, children of the Followers have suffered needless deaths. Micah Taylor Eells lived only four days before dying of what was, according to the autopsy, “likely an intestinal blockage.” Arrian Jade Granden, 15, contracted food poisoning and vomited for three days before her esophagus ruptured; she fell into cardiac arrest and later died.

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  • Saraquill

    I’m sad to say that this sort of “faith medicine” has secular variations. (One example being “The Secret.”)

  • Astrin Ymris

    I found it telling that parents get medical care for THEMSELVES if they’re in pain, but leave their kids to suffer without treatment or pain relief. Religious extremists seem to view their kids as spiritual status symbols more than actually love them.

  • Allison the Great

    They get medical treatment for themselves, but not for their dying children? HOLY SHIT! That is the cruelest thing imaginable. It shows that they have a serious lack of empathy and that is absolutely disgusting. A person should never just sit around and let someone else die of something treatable. If the adults feel pain and they think it warrants treatment, how the fuck do they think that the kids feel when they’re lungs are drowning in themselves or they throw up so much that it severely damages their esophagus. That’s not faith, that’s apathetic murder. I’m horrified by what some of these people (who are really monsters) will do in the name of a deity that may or may not exist.

  • Nea

    Mother Theresa was big on the sanctification of suffering, but she got medical treatment for herself.

  • Allison the Great

    That’s terrible. Suffering is not a virtue. There’s absolutely no need for it.

  • Edie Moore McGee

    A friend does energy healing and she would disagree. She says you always seeking medical treatment, but do the energy work as well. She said she’d never recommend not getting the help you need. The energy work helps the allopathic treatment work better, is preventive, helps manage chronic conditions, etc.

  • gimpi1

    I agree, Dukes. Treating your own illnesses while allowing your children to die of treatable diseases is the most horrific thing I think I’ve ever heard. Anyone who does this should be charged with murder and do time.