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.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
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:
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Sunday, March 23, 2008
Douglas Kmiec, a constitutional law professor at Pepperdine University who until about a month and a half ago was also on the Mitt Romney campaign team, appears to have flipped his lid by expressly endorsing Obamessiah. (h/t)
As a Republican, I strongly wish to preserve traditional marriage not as a suspicion or denigration of my homosexual friends, but as recognition of the significance of the procreative family as a building block of society. As a Republican, and as a Catholic, I believe life begins at conception, and it is important for every life to be given sustenance and encouragement. As a Republican, I strongly believe that the Supreme Court of the United States must be fully dedicated to the rule of law, and to the employ of a consistent method of interpretation that keeps the Court within its limited judicial role. As a Republican, I believe problems are best resolved closest to their source and that we should never arrogate to a higher level of government that which can be more effectively and efficiently resolved below. As a Republican, and the constitutional lawyer, I believe religious freedom does not mean religious separation or mindless exclusion from the public square.I can certainly see why Kmiec would not want to endorse, much less vote for, John McCain. But he's nuts if he thinks a President Obamessiah will be accommodating to the "opposing points of view" that Kmiec allegedly espouses and believes in.
In various ways, Senator Barack Obama and I may disagree on aspects of these important fundamentals, but I am convinced based upon his public pronouncements and his personal writing that on each of these questions he is not closed to understanding opposing points of view, and as best as it is humanly possible, he will respect and accommodate them.