March 31, 2008

Christian Extremism Kills

There is incredibly sad news out of Wisconsin involving the unnecessary death of Madeline Neumann, an 11-year-old girl, after her mother refused medical treatment for diabetes, instead preferring to pray. According to MSNBC, "The family believes in the Bible, and it says healing comes from God, but they are not crazy, religious people, she [the mother] said." Indeed. What exactly would she call them then?

It appears that Ms. Neumann has learned nothing at all from her daughter's tragic death, saying "Only our faith in God is giving us strength at this time."

After observing their daughter's illness over the course of 30 days during which symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, and excessive thirst were noted, Leilani Neumann chose prayer rather than medicine.
We stayed fast in prayer then. We believed that she would recover. We saw signs that to us, it looked like she was recovering.

We just believe in the Bible, that's all. This is our faith.
Not to be outdone by the severity of his wife's mental illness, Mr. Neumann added, "We believe the word of God and live according to its precepts." And how's that working out for you, guy?

Ms. Neumann says that she and her husband are not worried about a criminal investigation because "our lives are in God's hands." I certainly hope that there will be a criminal investigation resulting in charges of negligent homicide. The state needs to seek justice for young Madeline, an innocent girl who died as a result of her parents' Christian extremism.

For more on this disturbing story, visit Debunking Christianity.

H/Ts to Alexander the Atheist and Stardust Musings and Thoughts for the Freethinker

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