Faith ‘Healing’ Parents Abuse Another Child To Death
When their son, 16-year-old Austin Sprout, was sick Brandi and Russel Bellew decided prayer was a better option than medical treatment. Their son died.
After 16-year-old Austin Sprout lost his life when his parents, Brandi and Russel Bellew, opted for prayer instead of medical treatment, their remaining six children are now wards of the state, the Register-Guard reports.
According to the paper, the couple can still see their children under a new “in-home safety plan” which dictates a state “safety-provider” must be present during the visits, and mandates the “immediate notification” of the state Department of Human Services if any of the children have medical illnesses.
Changes in Oregon law have allowed the state to take away their children, and they also face charges of manslaughter in the second degree, according to the Associated Press. They should. Is there a higher form of abuse and neglect than killing your child?
Any sect or religion which ignores reality, believes they can do magic, or that Dr. Jesus will heal their baby or child and refuses them any sort of healthcare or modern intervention should automatically lose their children. This is not an attack on religion, but rather for the safety of children. Parents and adults are supposed to be raising children and giving them the skill sets to be successful adults and parents themselves, not giving them terrible categories to interpret natural phenomena and means by which to kill their own children. It is absolutely ridiculous.
This actually gets me quite angry. I mean think about it. Disease occurs in the material realm, so even if your metaphysical speculation leads you to believe that ‘miracles’ occur and that Dr. Jesus is going to heal, or even sometimes heal, it is very obvious that sometimes Dr. Jesus isn’t in the office. Take a quick peek at history, perhaps the plagues in the Middle Ages, people praying their butts off for healing while hundreds of thousands die, but if they just got rid of the rats and washed their hands once in awhile far fewer persons would have perished.
This story gets even more ridiculous. Brian Sprout, Austin Sprout’s father and Brandi Bellew’s first husband, died in 2007 of sepsis after seeking prayer instead of medical treatment for a leg injury. This is the ultimate in raising a child to be an ignoramus, and not giving them real actual categories for understanding natural phenomena.
Germ theory is the cornerstone of modern medicine which has actually extended the lives of millions of people. Its track record is not perfect but it has tangible, measurable effects in the material realm. If your child dies from pneumonia because you refused to take it to the hospital while pretending that you could do magic you deserve to lose your child and go to jail. This is not religious suppression, but protection of a child’s inherent right to safety, and protection from an abusive adult.
I will say this one more time: the point of parenting is to raise children with the skills to be successful adults, husbands or wives, friends, and parents themselves. Teaching them magic or putting their lives at risk by refusing modern medicine, which has been shown actually to work, is grounds for losing your children. It is abuse, and like sexual or physical abuse other adults must stop it whenever and wherever it is occurring.
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