Should Prayer Instead Of Penicillin Be Criminal?
In last few years there have been a lot of instances reported in the news about children dying because their parents chose prayer in lieu of penicillin. The problem here isn’t that the parents prayed, but that they did this as a substitute for real medical attention and it caused the child harm. How anyone could not find this disgusting and a travesty perplexes me to no end.
Often these children could have been easily saved by simple medical procedures and instead they lay in pain for days, slowly dying while their parents praise the great pumpkin. I find it incredibly deplorable that these parents are willing to sacrifice their children to protect their own salvation. What I consider to be even more sickening is that many states in the U.S. actually protect these zealous idiots from legal action. That in itself is a testament to how stupid our lawmakers can be when religious convictions come into play.
I’m all for religious freedoms but I think there is a marked difference between a competent adult deciding to forego medical treatment for themselves and the same adult making this kind of decision on behalf of a child. We pull children out of abusive homes all the time. How is this any different?
Some important questions to answer in this area are: at which point does a parent’s actions become negligent? Should children be taken out of a home when the parent is refusing to vaccinate the child from deadly diseases or should it only be things more severe? Should the parent be able to regain custody of the child after it becomes well again? Should other children be removed from the home as well? What kinds of punishment should be dealt to these parents?
The water surrounding this issue is murky but I think we’re doing children a disservice thus far.