Wednesday, March 31, 2021

ஆரியர் வெளியிலிருந்து வந்தனர் - வரலாற்று ஆதாரங்களோடு நிரூபித்தால் இரண்டு கோடி பரிசு

ஆரியர்கள் என்பவர் யார்? வெளியில் இருந்து வந்து குடியேறியவர்கள் என்று பரப்புவோர் அதை வரலாற்று ஆதாரங்களோடு பன்னாட்டு பல்கலைக்கழக தரத்தோடான ஆதாரங்களோடு நிரூபித்தால் 2கோடி பெறலாம். 

கால்டுவெல் பாதிரி ஆய்வுகள்படி தமிழ் மொழி சைபீரிய ஸ்கைத்திய மொழிக் குடும்பத்தைச் சார்ந்தது. தமிழர்கள் திராவிடர்கள் அனைவருமே கைபர் போலன் வழியாக வந்த வந்தேறிகள். 

ஹார்வர்ட் பல்கலைக் கழக சம்ஸ்கிருத துறைத் தலைவர் மைக்கேல் விட்சல் நூல்படி, தமிழ்  வேத இலக்கியங்களின் மிகப் பிற்கால நூல்களில் மட்டுமே வந்துள்ளதால் தமிழ் வெளியிலிருந்து பின்னாளில் வந்த வந்தேறி மொழி



கால்டுவெல் பாதிரியார்  ஆய்வுபடியாக தமிழ் மொழி என்பது ரஷ்யாவின் பக்கத்தில் உள்ள நாடுகளில் இருந்து வந்த ஸ்கைத்திதிய மொழிக் குடும்பத்தைச் சார்ந்தது. தமிழர்கள் அனைவரும் கைபர் போலன் கணவாய் வழி வந்தவர்கள். இன்றும்ப பல பல்கலைக் கழகத்தின் மொழியியல் அறிஞர்கள் தமிழ் மொழி ஸ்கைத்திய மொடு குடும்பத்தோடு சேர்க்கின்றனர்
 

 
சிந்து சரஸ்வதி நாகரீகத்தில் ராக்கிகடி என்ற இடத்தில் ஒரேஒரு பெண்ணின் எலும்புக்கூடு முழுமையாக கிடைத்தது. அது எந்தவித ஆதாரத்தையும் நம்மால் முழுமையாக நிரூபிக்கவில்லை. ஆனால் அதை வைத்துக்கொண்டு கிறிஸ்தவ மிஷனரி இடதுசாரி சிந்தனையாளர் டோனி ஜோசப் எழுதிய நூலை முழுமையாக படித்தால் தமிழர்கள் வெளியில் கைபர் போலன் வழியாக முதலில் வந்த குடியேறிகள். பின்னர் வந்தவர்கள் ஆரியர்கள் அதாவது இந்த கிடைத்துள்ளது. ஒரே ஒரு எலும்புக்கூடு இதை வைத்துக்கொண்டு என்னவெல்லாம் கதை அளக்கிறார்கள் இந்த கதை வணக்க கிறிஸ்துவர்கள்
 

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

கிறிஸ்தவ பலான பாஸ்டர்களின் வேசித்தனம் காணொளிகள்

கிறிஸ்துவ சர்ச் பாஸ்டர்கள் மதமாற்றம் வர்த்தகத்தில் வெளிநாடுகளில் இருந்து பணம் வருகிறது. மக்களிடம் தசமபாகம் என பத்தில் ஒரு பங்கு சம்பாத்தியத்தை கொடுக்க வேண்டும் என்று பிடுங்குகிறார்கள். அதை வசூல் செய்ய தான் மிகவும் பலம் வாய்ந்தவர் தான் அதிசயம் செய்பவர் என்றெல்லாம் பல நாடகம் நடத்துகின்றனர்.  தங்கள் பெயரின் முன்னால் தேவ ஊழியர் அப்போஸ்தலர் என்ற பட்டமெல்லாம் போட்டுக்கொள்கிறார்கள்
 பைபிள் கதையை மட்டுமே நம்பி அதில்  செத்த மனிதன் இயேசு கதாபாத்திரத்தை தெய்வம் என நம்புவது கிறிஸ்துவம். அந்த இயேசுவை நம்பினால் விஷத்தை குடித்தால் ஒன்றும் செய்யாது, நல்ல விஷமுள்ள பாம்பை கடித்தாலும் ஒன்றும் ஆகாது என இயேசு  
சொன்னதாக உள்ள வசனத்தை மெய்ப்பிக்கும் என சர்ச் சரி பாம்பை வைத்துக்கொண்டு அதன் வாயில் கை வைப்பது போன்ற அதிசயங்கள் செய்வதாக பல அமெரிக்க சர்ச்சுகளில் நடந்து பல பாஸ்டர்கள் உயிர் இழந்து இருக்கிறார்கள். இன்றும் இந்த விளையாட்டு மிகச்சில சர்ச்சில் தொடர்கிறது.































Monday, March 29, 2021

அமெரிக்க குழந்தைகள் மரணம். ஏசு ஜெபமே அற்புத சுகமளிக்கும். மருந்து கொடுக்காதே சர்ச் போதனையால்

அமெரிக்காவில் பல கிறிஸ்தவசர்ச் பிரிவுகளில்  மருத்துவம் செய்வது பைபிள் கடவுள் சட்டங்களுக்கு விரோதமானது என வியாதி வந்தால் மருத்துவம் தடை என போதிக்கின்றனர்.
வியாதிகள் வருவது பேய், பிசாசு, கெட்ட ஆவி மற்றும் சாத்தான் பிடிப்பதாலே.  ஜபங்கள் மூலமாக மட்டுமே  குணப்படுத்த வேண்டுமாம்..
இடாஹோ  மாகாணத்தில் மருத்துதுவம் மறுக்கப் படுவதால் 1972க்கு பிறகு இறந்த குழந்தைகளில் 72 சதவிகிதம் மருத்துவம்  மறுப்பதால் ஆகியுள்ளது என ஒரு ஆய்வு தெரிவிக்கிறது.

 
 அமெரிக்காவின் இடாஹோ மாகாணத்தில் 1972ல் சர்ச் மதபோதகர்கள்  தவறான முறையில் ஜெப கூட்டங்களிலும் மரணம் அல்லது பிறவற்றிற்கு பொறுப்பு இல்லை என சட்டம் போட்டனர். இதன் பின்பு இந்த குழந்தைகள் மரணம் ஆகி உள்ளது . 
மேலும் ஆறு அமெரிக்க மாகாணங்களில் இது போன்று மதபோதகர்களுக்கு பாதுகாக்கும் சட்டம் உள்ளது என்றும் இந்த செய்தி காணொளி தெரிவிக்கிறது
 
பேய் விரட்டுவது பைபிளிய மூடநம்பிக்கையின் ஆதாரம் சுவிசேஷக் கதை நாயகன் இயேசுவிடம் இருந்தே தான். இயேசு  வெண் குஷ்டம், ஜுரம் போன்ற வியாதிகளை பிசாசு பிடிப்பதால் வருகிறது அந்த பிசாசை விரட்டினார் போன்ற கதைகள் முதல் மூன்று சுவிசேஷங்களில் உள்ளது.  
Luke 17:11–19, while on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus sends ten lepers 
 
நான்காவது சுவிசேஷத்தில் ஒரு பேய் விரட்டும மேஜிக் ஏசு செய்தாக இல்லை. அதாவது சுவிசேஷ கதை உருவாக்கின போதே பேயகளால் வியாதி, ஏசு பேய்  ஓட்டுதல்  செய்தார் எனும் மூட நம்பிக்கையை ஏற்காத பிரிவு தயாரித்தது 4ம் சுவிசேஷம். 
 
பவுல் கடிதம்படி  இயேசு அதிசயம் செய்தார்  என்பதே கட்டுக்கதை.
 
1 கொரி 1: 22 யூதர்கள் அதிசயங்களைச் சாட்சியாகக் கேட்கின்றனர். கிரேக்கர்கள் ஞானத்தை வேண்டுகின்றனர். 23ஆனால் நாங்கள் போதிப்பது இதுவே. கிறிஸ்து சிலுவையின் மேல் கொல்லப்பட்டார். 
 
Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ

The Followers of Christ is a religious sect that preaches faith healing in states such as Idaho, which offers a faith-based shield for felony crimes – despite alarming child mortality rates among these groups

Mariah Walton, who has pulmonary hypertension, at her home. ‘I would like to see my parents prosecuted,’ she says.
Mariah Walton, who has pulmonary hypertension, at her home. ‘I would like to see my parents prosecuted,’ she says. Photograph: Jason Wilson for The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/13/followers-of-christ-idaho-religious-sect-child-mortality-refusing-medical-help
Jason Wilson
 in Boise, Idaho

Mariah Walton’s voice is quiet – her lungs have been wrecked by her illness, and her respirator doesn’t help. But her tone is resolute.

“Yes, I would like to see my parents prosecuted.”

Why?

“They deserve it.” She pauses. “And it might stop others.”

Mariah is 20 but she’s frail and permanently disabled. She has pulmonary hypertension and when she’s not bedridden, she has to carry an oxygen tank that allows her to breathe. At times, she has had screws in her bones to anchor her breathing device. She may soon have no option for a cure except a heart and lung transplant – an extremely risky procedure.

All this could have been prevented in her infancy by closing a small congenital hole in her heart. It could even have been successfully treated in later years, before irreversible damage was done. But Mariah’s parents were fundamentalist Mormons who went off the grid in northern Idaho in the 1990s and refused to take their children to doctors, believing that illnesses could be healed through faith and the power of prayer.

As she grew sicker and sicker, Mariah’s parents would pray over her and use alternative medicine. Until she finally left home two years ago, she did not have a social security number or a birth certificate.

Had they been in neighboring Oregon, her parents could have been booked for medical neglect. In Mariah’s case, as in scores of others of instances of preventible death among children in Idaho since the 1970s, laws exempt dogmatic faith healers from prosecution, and she and her sister recently took part in a panel discussion with lawmakers at the state capitol about the issue. Idaho is one of only six states that offer a faith-based shield for felony crimes such as manslaughter.

Some of those enjoying legal protection are fringe Mormon families like Mariah’s, many of whom live in the state’s north. But a large number of children have died in southern Idaho, near Boise, in families belonging to a reclusive, Pentecostal faith-healing sect called the Followers of Christ.

The Followers of Christ’s cemetery is full of graves marking the deaths of children who lived a day, a week, a month.
The Followers of Christ’s cemetery is full of graves marking the deaths of children who lived a day, a week, a month. Photograph: Jason Wilson for the Guardian

In Canyon County, just west of the capital, the sect’s Peaceful Valley cemetery is full of graves marking the deaths of children who lived a day, a week, a month. Last year, a taskforce set up by Idaho governor Butch Otter estimated that the child mortality rate for the Followers of Christ between 2002 and 2011 was 10 times that of Idaho as a whole.

The shield laws that prevent prosecutions in Idaho are an artifact of the Nixon administration. High-profile child abuse cases in the 1960s led pediatricians and activists to push for laws that combatted it. In order to help states fund such programs, Congress passed the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Capta), which Richard Nixon signed in 1974.

But there was a fateful catch due to the influence of Nixon advisers John Ehrlichman and J R Haldeman, both lifelong Christian Scientists.

Boston College history professor Alan Rogers explains how the men – later jailed for their role in the Watergate scandal – were themselves members of a faith-healing sect, and acted to prevent their co-religionists being charged with crimes of neglect.

“Because Ehrlichman and Haldeman were Christian Scientists, they had inserted into the law a provision that said those who believe that prayer is the only way to cure illness are exempted from this law,” he said.

They also ensure that states had to pass similar exemptions in order to access Capta funds. The federal requirement was later relaxed, but the resultant state laws have had to be painstakingly repealed one by one.

Some states, such as Oregon, held on longer until high-profile deaths in the Followers of Christ church in Oregon City attracted the attention of local media; over time the state reversed course.

As a result, several Followers of Christ members in Oregon have been successfully prosecuted. In 2010, Jeffrey and Marci Beagley were convicted of criminally negligent homicide after the death of their toddler, Neal, who died from a congenital bladder blockage. In 2011, Timothy and Rebecca Wyland were convicted of criminal mistreatment and the court ordered that their daughter Aylana be medically treated for the growth that had been threatening to blind her. Later that year, Dale and Shannon Hickman were convicted of second-degree manslaughter two years after their newborn son died of a simple infection.

Next door, Idaho presents a polar opposition to Oregon. Republicans, who enjoy an effective permanent majority in the state house, are surprisingly reluctant to even consider reform. Last year, the governor’s Task Force on Children at Risk recommended change: “Religious freedoms must be protected; but vulnerable children must also be appropriately protected from unnecessary harm and death.” Democratic legislator John Gannon proposed a repeal bill which he “never thought would really be that controversial”.

The chairman of the senate health and welfare committee, Lee Heider, refused to even grant it a hearing, effectively killing it.

Brian Hoyt at home in Boise.
Brian Hoyt at home in Boise. Photograph: Jason Wilson for the Guardian

Brian Hoyt, who lives in Boise, grew up in the Followers of Christ church.

Hoyt is a fit 43, and lives in a well-scrubbed suburban neighborhood. He runs a successful window cleaning business that started with a squeegee mop and a bucket after his teenage escape from home left him with no cash and few educational opportunities. When I visited him, his house was being renovated – what was once a “barebones bachelor pad” now accommodates his partner and step-children. Slowly, Hoyt has developed the capacity for family life, after a life in the sect left him “unable to relate to families” for a long time. “I didn’t understand the concept,” he said.

He lost his faith around the age of five, when a baby died in his arms in the course of a failed healing. While elders prayed, Hoyt was in charge of removing its mucus with a suction device. He was told that the child died because of his own lack of faith. Something snapped, and he remembers thinking: “How can this possibly be God’s work?” His apostasy set up lifelong conflicts with his parents and church elders.

In just one incident, when he was 12, Hoyt broke his ankle during a wrestling tryout. “I ended up shattering two bones in my foot,” he said. His parents approached the situation with the usual Followers remedies – rubbing the injury with “rancid olive oil” and having him swig on Kosher wine.

Intermittently, they would have him attempt to walk. Each time, “my body would just go into shock and I would pass out”.

“I would wake up to my step-dad, my uncles and the other elders of the church kicking me and beating me, calling me a fag, because I didn’t have enough faith to let God come in and heal me, while my mom and my aunts were sitting there watching. And that’s called faith healing.”

He had so much time off with the untreated fracture that his school demanded a medical certificate to cover the absence. Forced to take him to a doctor, his mother spent most of the consultation accusing the doctor of being a pedophile.

He was given a cast and medication but immediately upon returning home, the medication was flushed down the toilet, leaving him with no pain relief. His second walking cast was cut off by male relatives at home with a circular saw.

Other people who have left the group, such as Linda Martin, told similar tales of coercion, failed healing using only rancid olive oil, and a high level of infant mortality, isolation and secrecy. Violence, she said, was “the reason I left home. My childhood and Brian’s were very similar.” Deaths from untreated illness are attributed to “God’s will. Their lives are dominated by God’s will.”

Martin and Hoyt have both lobbied to change the laws, with Martin in particular devoting years of patient research to documenting deaths and other church activities. Hoyt has faced harassment online and at his home, and church members have even tried to undermine his business.

So far, their testimonies of abuse have not convinced Idaho’s Republican legislators. Senator Heider, for one, describes the Followers of Christ as “very nice people”.

Linda Martin, who left the Followers of Christ.
Linda Martin, who left the Followers of Christ. Photograph: Jason Wilson for the Guardian

Child advocate and author Janet Heimlich, who has campaigned against exemptions around the country, says that Heider told her before the legislative session began that “he would carry the bill” and helped with the production of a draft, but by the time the session began in October he indicated that no bill would be passed or even heard.

Heider’s repeated response to these claims was a welter of contradictions and bluster.

After telling the Guardian that no bill was lodged (John Gannon confirmed that he did, as was reported in local media in February) and that he had been told by the attorney general and the Canyon County prosecuting attorney that the laws did not need to change (both men deny saying this), Heider took refuge in the US constitution.

“Republicans didn’t feel the need to change the laws. We believe in the first amendment to the constitution. I don’t think that states have a right to interfere in religions.”

When pressed on the fact that children are dying unnecessarily as a result of exemptions, Heider makes an odd comparison.

“Are we going to stop Methodists from reading the New Testament? Are we going to stop Catholics receiving the sacraments? That’s what these people believe in. They spoke to me and pointed to a tremendous number of examples where Christ healed people in the New Testament.”

Heider blamed outsiders for stirring the pot on this issue, even challenging the Guardian’s right to take an interest in the story, asking “what difference does it make to you?” and adding “is the United States coming in and trying to change Idaho’s laws?” He confirmed that he attended a Followers of Christ service last year – a rare privilege for an outsider from a group that refuses to speak to reporters.

But if we take Heider at his word concerning the reasons for his opposition, his view of the constitution is simply mistaken.

Alan Rogers, the Boston College history professor, points to a string of US supreme court decisions that distinguish between freedom of belief and freedom of practice, which affirm the former and limit the latter where it causes harm. These stretch back as far as Reynolds v United States in 1878, which forbade Mormon polygamy, and include Prince v Massachusetts, which affirmed the federal government’s ability to secure the welfare of children even when it conflicts with religious belief.

Frederick Clarkson, a senior fellow at Political Research Associates, has long researched the connection between religion and conservatism. He points out that “almost all American politicians are cowards when it comes to religion”.

Religious liberty is a powerful idea, and a great achievement in the history of western civilization, but “it’s also used as a tool by the rich and the powerful, and by politicians who want to look the other way”.

There’s also the fact that conservatives have been mobilizing religious liberty in recent years, first as a reason to kill same-sex marriage at the state level, and now to limit the scope of the supreme court’s decision that it cannot be outlawed by states.

A taskforce set up by the Idaho governor estimated that the child mortality rate for the Followers of Christ between 2002 and 2011 was 10 times that of Idaho as a whole.
A taskforce set up by the Idaho governor estimated that the child mortality rate for the Followers of Christ between 2002 and 2011 was 10 times that of Idaho as a whole. Photograph: Jason Wilson for the Guardian

While Idaho legislators stonewall, children in faith-healing communities continue to suffer.

According to coroners’ reports, in Canyon County alone just in the past decade at least 10 children in the Followers of Christ church have died. These include 15-year-old Arrian Granden, who died in 2012 after contracting food poisoning. She vomited so much that her esophagus ruptured. Untreated, she bled to death.

The other deaths are mostly infants who died during at-home births or soon after from treatable complications, simple infections or pneumonia.

In one Canyon County report on the death of an infant called Asher Sevy, we see the difficulty that the shield laws create for local authorities.

When Sevy died in 2006, a Canyon County coroner’s deputy attended by two sherriff’s deputies asked to take the body away for an autopsy. According to the coroner’s account, the family “were very much against this for any reason”, and informed the deputy that she “was not going with me or anyone else” and removal would have to be done “forcefully”.

After a liaison with the county’s chief deputy and the prosecutor’s office, the assembled county officials decided to leave “rather than escalate a problem that could be worse than it was now”. The conclusion? “The cause [of death] will go down as undetermined.”

Autopsies are at the coroner’s discretion, and the deputy, Bill Kirby, did write that at the time there was “no evidence of a crime”. The incident is unsettling, though.

Canyon County coroner Vicki DeGeus-Morriss, who has been in office since 1991, refused to speak directly with the Guardian. However Joe Decker, a county spokesman, insisted that the coroner and other officials had been successful in building a better relationship with the Followers.

“Back when Vicki first took office, the Followers rarely, if ever, reported a death. And when they did, they would often be uncooperative with both the Coroner and law enforcement when they arrived on scene,” Decker said. Now, they “have a relationship in which every single death is reported and autopsies are almost always performed”.

For the outsider, there may still be something unsatisfying about this – a lingering impression that exemptions from child abuse prosecutions have led Followers to form the impression that the law can be negotiated with.

Nevertheless, local officials can’t make laws, only enforce them. The frustration at the local effects of shield laws was perhaps evident in the support that Canyon County prosecutor Brian Taylor gave to efforts to change the laws.

Campaigners such as Mariah Walton, Janet Heimlich, Linda Martin and Brian Hoyt are determined not to let this matter rest in the next legislative session.

A new “Let Them Live” campaign, involving a television ad campaign featuring Mariah, is being coordinated by Bruce Wingate at Protect Idaho Kids. Resources are limited, but all are confident that improved public awareness will build pressure on legislators.

Gannon, the Democratic legislator, says for his part that his bill will be back next year. “It’s not going to go away,” he says. “Dead children don’t care about the first amendment.”

United States still too lenient on “faith healing” parents, say children’s rights advocates
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Two parents in Oregon who refused to seek treatment for their infant daughter’s tumour on religious grounds were recently sentenced to jail time, but advocates for children’s medical rights remain concerned about the leniency the justice system shows to “faith healing” families in some areas of the United States.

Timothy Wyland, 44, and Rebecca Wyland, 23, of Oregon City were found guilty of criminal mistreatment for allowing their 18-month-old daughter’s hemangioma, an abnormal proliferation of blood vessels, to grow into a golf ball-sized tumour that covered one eye. They were sentenced to three months in jail on June 24. Rather than seek medical care for their daughter, the Wylands, members of the Followers of Christ Church, relied on prayer, oil anointment and the “laying on of hands.”

Dr. Seth Asser, a Rhode Island pediatrician, argues that lawmakers and judges often fail to recognize the dangers of faith healing. “Children who have died in these cases suffer seizures, vomiting,” he says. “Their deaths are agonizing, slow and extremely painful.”

An investigation led by Asser published in Pediatrics found that between 1975 and 1995, 172 children died following faith healing, 140 from easily curable or treatable medical conditions (Pediatrics 1998;101:625–9). In one case, a two-year-old girl choked on a banana and showed signs of life for an hour before dying, while her parents and other adults simply prayed.

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, most states had faith healing exemptions in their child abuse and neglect laws. Nineteen states still allow religious defences for felony crimes against children.

Canada, by contrast, does not have religious exemptions to criminal charges such as neglect. However, while children of Jehovah’s Witnesses have died as a result of parents’ refusals to approve blood transfusions, the deaths often occur during the time it takes doctors to prove to the courts that transfusions are medically necessary.

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Parents belonging to religious sects that shun medical care put their children’s health at risk when they rely on faith alone to address treatable conditions, say advocates for children’s medical rights.

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Still, despite the leniency toward faith healing shown by US courts, the number of children dying from medical neglect because of religious beliefs appears to be “going down gradually,” says Asser. This is partly due to Children’s Healthcare is a Legal Duty (CHILD), an organization that lobbies states to repeal protections in criminal codes that implicitly condone faith healing.

In May, Oregon’s senate passed a law repealing exemptions in its criminal code that allowed faith healing to be used as a defence in crimes such as homicide and neglect.

John Clague, a spokesman for the Christian Science church in Oregon, said he supported the new law because of the high number of child deaths in the Followers of Christ Church. When asked about the 28 deceased Christian Science children in the Pediatrics investigation, he lamented their deaths, saying that “unlike some other churches, we don’t say these deaths are God’s will.” He claimed his church leaders expect their followers to seek medical care for their children when faith healing “isn’t working” or in situations where a child may die for lack of care.

But the Christian Science church “continues to support religious accommodations for the responsible practice of spiritual healing,” says Adam Scherr, the church’s national media coordinator.

None of the parents implicated in recent Followers of Christ Church faith healing deaths in Oregon were reachable for comment and defence attorneys for the Wylands did not respond to repeated phone messages. However, a man who answered the phone at the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon City said he staunchly believed faith healing works, in part because “my mother is going on 95 and my grandparents lived well into their eighties.”

While arguing deaths of children in his community were “the divine will of God” and saying “one just died the other day, from sepsis, I think,” the man, who refused to give his name, also wanted to make it clear that his church does not force parents to avoid doctors. “That’s up to them if they want to take their children to a doctor.”

But some leaders of religious sects tend to have different messaging for the general public than for members, according to CHILD founder Rita Swan, who lost her 16-month-old son to spinal meningitis in 1977 after being pressured by fellow members of a Christian Science church to eschew medical care for faith. Horror stories are often spread about medical treatment, she says, while faith healing miracles receive much attention.

Given this context, lawmakers in favour of religious defences argue that parents making what they believe are the best decisions for their children’s health shouldn’t be treated as criminals. Swan argues, however, that when criminal laws apply to everyone equally, parents in churches practising faith healing have an “excuse” to visit doctors. “If the law plainly tells them that they must get children to a doctor, I think that’s much easier, and on one level they’re relieved,” says Swan.

According to Dr. Jim Lace, an Oregon pediatrician who lobbied against legal exemptions for faith healing, medical neglect is more likely to be reported when there are no religious exceptions. Some citizens erroneously think that child protection services can’t intervene in faith healing cases because of “confusion around the laws,” he says.

Likewise, Asser argues that faith healing parents should be treated the same way as anyone else who neglects a child. “If you or I get drunk and pass out and a child dies as a result, we go to jail, but if a child dies of a preventable medical issue because of these parents’ own form of being stoned on religion, they’re not held liable.”

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