Saturday, March 29, 2008

Giving Christianity a Bad Name

It really is disturbing how some people in this world can be convinced that this is exactly what God wants them to do when their children become sick:
A grand jury indicted an Oregon City couple accused of failing to seek medical treatment for their gravely ill daughter who died this month.


The couple's daughter, 15-month-old Ava, died at home March 2 from bacterial bronchial pneumonia and infection. A deputy state medical examiner said Ava's medical problems were treatable with antibiotics.

The Worthingtons belong to Oregon City's Followers of Christ Church. According to church tradition, when members become ill, fellow worshippers pray and anoint them with oil.

Dozens of children have been buried in the parish cemetery over the past 50 years, and a 1998 analysis by The Oregonian newspaper found that many of the deaths could have prevented with medical care.

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