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Faith healing results in death of another child, exemptions must end

Faith healing results in death of another child, exemptions must end

Protecting the lives of children, even from their own parents, is the duty of the state. In most cases, the state does its best to step in when children are being abused and neglected. But when religion is involved the lines become blurred.

Leaders of some West African churches in the UK are pressuring patients infected with HIV to stop taking medication and instead trust in prayer and faith healing.

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Court rules failure to vaccinate children not “free exercise of religion”

The US District Court in Ohio has ruled that a parent’s refusal to vaccinate her children against diseases is not “free exercise” of religion, and amounts to neglect.

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A church in Manchester has been selling olive oil and blackcurrant squash as cures for cancer, HIV and diabetes. The Victorious Pentecostal Assembly has been selling the products with a blessing from a pastor at over 200% their retail price, claiming that if drunk, the diseases can be cured.

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Religious health care exemptions for children reward neglect

In March 2009, 17-year-old Zachery Swezey complained to his parents that he didn’t feel well. His parents believed he had the flu. Zachery suffered fevers and vomiting for days as his condition worsened. Finally, when he could no longer walk to t…

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In 2009, Oklahoman Susan Grady chose prayer instead of medical treatment for her 9-year-old son’s diabetes.

Prayer had its usual efficacy.

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Once again, the power of prayer is evident in the death of Zachery Swezey, 17, of a burst appendix. His negligent parents, Greg and JaLea Swezey, are going on trial for second-degree murder.

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Travesty in Tennessee: Death by faith healing gets a misdemeanor

A travesty in Tennessee, as a neglectful mother and her lover/spiritual advisor get probation as punishment for allowing a teenager to die of cancer without medical treatment.

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Jesus heals – but not cancer!

It’s really tough if you or a loved one has cancer – apparently even Jesus can’t heal you. Well that’s according to a survey of New Zealand “Christian leaders” by Glyn Carpenter, Director of the New Zealand Christian Network. He did … Continue reading

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One of the most sad and telling claims of so-called ‘faith healers’ from Benny Hinn to Todd Bentley is that the reason people are not healed at their healing conferences or through their television ministries is not because the faith healer…

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