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Trials for Parents Who Chose Faith Over Medicine

Posted in News by Skepdude on January 21, 2009

WESTON, Wis. — Kara Neumann, 11, had grown so weak that she could not walk or speak. Her parents, who believe that God alone has the ability to heal the sick, prayed for her recovery but did not take her to a doctor.

After an aunt from California called the sheriff’s department here, frantically pleading that the sick child be rescued, an ambulance arrived at the Neumann’s rural home on the outskirts of Wausau and rushed Kara to the hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival.

The county coroner ruled that she had died from diabetic ketoacidosis resulting from undiagnosed and untreated juvenile diabetes. The condition occurs when the body fails to produce insulin, which leads to severe dehydration and impairment of muscle, lung and heart function.

About a month after Kara’s death last March, the Marathon County state attorney, Jill Falstad, brought charges of reckless endangerment against her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann. Despite the Neumanns’ claim that the charges violated their constitutional right to religious freedom, Judge Vincent Howard of Marathon County Circuit Court ordered Ms. Neumann to stand trial on May 14, and Mr. Neumann on June 23. If convicted, each faces up to 25 years in prison.

“The free exercise clause of the First Amendment protects religious belief,” the judge wrote in his ruling, “but not necessarily conduct.”



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  1. sheila said, on March 21, 2009 at 4:15 AM

    The people in this story were not living by real faith. If they really had faith, they would have taken Kara to a doctor and trusted Jesus to lead the doctor to give her the right medical treatment. Jesus uses doctors to heal people just like He uses miracles to heal people. These people were using religion like it is some kind of ‘magical crutch’. There is nothing more dangerous than people who are religious that don’t even know what they are doing with it.

    • Skepdude said, on March 21, 2009 at 9:47 AM

      There is no such thing as real or fake faith. Faith is Faith, blind and unquestioning. You’re more moderate in your interpretation of the Bible, others aren’t, but let’s not forget religion is the common denominator. There is no room for interpretation in many passages.

      Psalm 137:9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

      • Rodibidably said, on March 21, 2009 at 10:06 AM

        I know I find it hard to smile unless I have stoned at least one person for working on the sabbath…

  2. Rodibidably said, on March 21, 2009 at 7:50 AM

    I’d recommend checking out what the “No True Scotsman” logical fallacy is.

    EVERY SINGLE ONE of your posts has been an example of this.

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