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Second Child of Pennsylvania Couple Dies After Only Praying

April 24, 2013

I can not express to you how angry this makes me: impossibly stupid people , with incredibly ignorant beliefs, have been allowed to abuse a second child to death.

The Philadelphia couple serving 10 years’ probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor , has violated their probation now that another of their children has died. Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith-healing. Judge Benjamin Lerner said at a hearing they violated the most important condition of their probation: to seek medical care for their remaining children.

That’s right, it wasn’t enough for these ridiculous ignoramuses to kill one child, their faith is so incredibly ignorant and inflexible they had to kill two.

This is child abuse in the highest form, and these two should lose all parental rights, forever, and be in jail for a long time.

Prayer Death Toddler

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A couple serving probation for the 2009 death of their toddler after they turned to prayer instead of a doctor could face new charges now that another son has died.

Herbert and Catherine Schaible belong to a fundamentalist Christian church that believes in faith healing. They lost their 8-month-old son, Brandon, last week after he suffered from diarrhea and breathing problems for at least a week, and stopped eating. Four years ago, another son died from bacterial pneumonia.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that a decision on charges will be made after they get the results of an autopsy.


Now you would think that removing their remaining children from their care, and locking them up for a long time would be a pretty simple conclusion. But: lawyers,

Catherine Schaible’s attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, cautioned against a rush to judgment, and said the couple are good parents deeply distraught over the loss of another child.

“There are way more questions than answers at this point. We haven’t seen the autopsy report. We don’t know the cause of death of this child,” Jayaraman told The Associated Press. “What we do know is Mr. and Mrs. Schaible are distraught, they are grieving, they are tremendously sad about the loss of their most recent baby.”

“Good parents”? “Good parents”? Now, I don’t want to be pedantic and all, but a “good parent” doesn’t let two of their children die from easily curable sicknesses by modern medicine because they have decided to be impossibly ignorant and hard-headed.

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 that end up killing their own children. It is absolutely ridiculous to assert they are “good parents”.

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.

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.

I found this story on Christian Nightmares.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Douglas R permalink
    May 11, 2013 11:41 pm

    It’s very sad. There are plenty of things to be careful of with doctors but in an extreme emergency like that there should be someone a parent can take their kids to for medical wisdom. I personally don’t trust 90% of doctors but when my hernia strangulates I head for the ER.

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