A Pennsylvania fundamentalist Christian couple, Herbert and Catherine Schaible, are spared prison after being found guilty for murdering their child with prayer and they are allowed to keep their seven remaining children to abuse for Jesus. (That’s what you call “irresponsible procreation”.) Cases like this make a good argument for regulating and prohibiting certain religious beliefs and practices that are just fucking dangerous. The law already prohibits some religious practices, such as polygamy and slavery, yet allows parents to murder their children as long as they believe in magic powers. Hopefully, however, that may be changing — prompted by the long history of child abuse and neglect by the Followers of Christ Church cult, the state of Oregon has just introduced a bill that will ban faith-healing as a defense for killing your kids.
Churches like these overstep the generous bounds of religious freedom granted to them. Forcing kids, who cannot consent, to suffer needlessly through these ‘faith-healing’ rituals and to die horrible, painful deaths because their brainwashed, idiot parents are told to believe they have magic powers.
Why are these parents spared prison and allowed to keep their other children to experiment on? They are clearly insane (emphasis mine):
Following the guilty verdict Clark [the father] said: ‘The legal community is trying to force our church group to put them in the hands of this flawed medical system, when they have chosen to put them in the hands of a perfect God, who does not make mistakes.’
About a dozen US children die in faith-healing cases each year, a handful of which spawn criminal charges, according to experts.
It is not the first time the First Century Gospel Church of Philadelphia’s teachings has clashed with the authorities.
And, the authorities admit that it’s going to take a lot of supervision to make sure that these monsters don’t harm their other kids, as they are still under the influence of the cult First Century Gospel Church.