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Suddenly, rage

March 31, 2008

Compliments of the Friendly Atheist, we have the target of the above referenced rage:

As a memorial to the painful, frightening and needless death of Madeline Kara Neumann, the Wisconsin Legislature needs to finally show some gumption, and remove from the statutes its callous exemption sanctifying child homicide in the name of faith. (link)

Wait, what? Surely there can’t be an exemption of homicide in any case! If you thought that, as I did, them you were wrong. From the Wisconson Code defining types of abuse:

EXCEPTION. Nothing in this section may be construed to mean that an individual at risk is abused solely because he or she consistently relies upon treatment by spiritual means through prayer for healing, in lieu of medical care, in accordance with his or her religious tradition.

Are we in the fucking Dark Ages? In what version of reality is it actually okay to let your child die as long as you prayed it didn’t happen? If a child is playing in the road and there’s a truck coming, can the parent pray that the driver swerves, even if the parent is a few yards away? If the child gets hit and killed, is the parent not liable for not trying to get their child out of the road?

At what point is a person’s trust in god not only irresponsible, but criminal? What is the limit of allowance the law can give to theists just because of their religion?

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