Originally posted by buster2010
Yes parents have that right to make that decision. As sad as it may be it is the parents right to do what is best for that child and if prayer is
their choice then that's final. It isn't the governments place to tell someone their religion is wrong.
This is by far the best statement that I have seen in this thread, and I agree completely.
Only one of two things can happen by leaving them alone, and to their faith:
1. The community of faith healers becomes stronger as faith healing is proven by the number of their survivors to actually work.
2. The community of faith healers becomes weaker as their numbers dwindle because the faith healing does not work and the followers either die or
abandon the belief.
For those who are crying "child abuse" or "neglect" I really feel sorry for you because, in my opinion, you aren't seeing the greater picture,
and that is the ability to have a choice. By advocating that some sort of social service or other government agency should have the ability, and the
duty to step in and force a parent into doing something that they would not otherwise have chosen is no less a crime, and in from my viewpoint, a
greater crime. By advocating this mindset, you are giving up your ability to make choices for yourself, as well as your children. Remember, it starts
with small things, in a small group of people and the snowball of control will run downhill gathering momentum and velocity until it is so great it
overpowers you and you have no choice but to fall beneath it.
As a "modern" and "industrialized" nation, we have moved away from the "village" mentality and in doing so have limited, if not outright
eliminated our support systems, available resources and knowledge and replaced them with reliance on government entities to dictate to us because
resources and knowledge have been put into the hands of a select few. Essentially we have willingly put a noose around our neck and because of events
like this, we are calling for our captors to tighten that noose.
Is the only solution to bully them into acting contrary to their faith because if they don't they will be punished, we will imprison them or steal
What purpose does that serve?
By doing this aren't we essentially paving the path and giving permission for another religious entity that has more money, power, greater numbers
or greater control over those who make our laws to do the same to us because their view of what we choose to believe is barbaric?
Aren't we paving the path for our government to dictate our faith or whether or not we are deemed "fit" to survive? (If you haven't seen the movie
Gattica you should)
Aren't we in fact promoting the ideals of a one world religion and a one world government?
The government should have no place in punishing these people because of a choice made due to their faith, or in dictating and forcing compliance
into what is considered "acceptable practice" by those to whom we have given all the power and knowledge. Yes, their choice resulted in the death
of their child, isn't that punishment enough?
People need to get over the savior mentality. I know it sounds cruel, but it is in fact how humanity has made it this far.
Let the strong survive, leave the weak to die in peace if they (or their children as the case may be) choose to do so.