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Hypocrisy is Patriotic

In lol, republicans on June 30, 2009 at 7:58 pm

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What Credit Crunch?

In lol, stupid people on June 30, 2009 at 6:33 pm

Every American Deserves Spinners

A whole company based around financing rims? This is worse than Randy Marsh’s Margaritaville.

The Census Will Destroy All Civilization

In conspiracy, kooks, republicans on June 26, 2009 at 4:05 pm

Bachmann/Beck 2012

Rep. Bachmann Embarrasses Minnesota Again

In conspiracy, republicans, stupid people on June 25, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Says Cooperating with the Census will Lead to Internment

If we look at American history, between 1942 and 1947, the data that was collected by the census bureau was handed over to the FBI and other organizations, at the request of President Roosevelt, and that’s how the Japanese were rounded up and put into the internment camps. I’m not saying that’s what the Administration is planning to do. But I am saying that private, personal information that was given to the census bureau in the 1940s was used against Americans to round them up.

Iran’s Tank Woman

In cool on June 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm

This Really is Awesome

Update: Full Gay Exorcism Video

In Culture Wars, Intolerance, kooks, religion on June 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm

In Connecticut, A Gay Exorcism

In Culture Wars, kooks, religion on June 24, 2009 at 9:13 pm

How can people actually swallow this tripe. Oh wait…

Fiance Tells of Neda’s Last Moments

In iran, religion of peace, Violence, womens' issues on June 24, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Woman Trades Sex For Chips

In lol, stupid people on June 24, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Can’t Eat Just One!

One Year Later, Trial of Murdering Parents to Begin

In bad parents, children first, Culture Wars, kooks, religion, stupid people on June 24, 2009 at 11:00 am

In Oregon, Religious Freedom No Excuse for Letting Child Die

Anyone remember Ava Worthington? She was the subject of one of my first (and admittedly bad) blog posts back in 2008. Carl and Raylene Worthington were her unbelievably cruel parents, the people who let their 15 month old daughter suffer for months before dying. Simple antibiotics would have saved her young life. This is the same couple that lost another child in 2001 under questionable circumstances. Well Carl and Raylene are back in the news. Their trial for the death of their daughter is about to begin.

Facing only manslaughter and criminal mistreatment charges for what amounts to murder, the Oregon couple will be the first prosecution under a 1999 law. The law was passed in response to the high level of child deaths in the families that are members the Worthington’s church, Followers of Christ. One would think that after Jesus failed to intervene on all the previous cases, they would give up their prayer only approach to medical treatment. But, I’m sure no one is surprised they haven’t. No reasonable person should have expected that to work. Then again, the whole idea of faith is the rejection of reason. Every life is sacred –unless you are too young to make your own medical decisions, in which case you will be left to die.

For nearly a decade after Oregon cracked down on faith-healing deaths, there were no verified cases of Followers of Christ children dying from medical neglect. Then last spring the faith-healing controversy rocketed back into the headlines.

Four months after Ava died, her 16-year-old uncle, Neil Beagley, died of complications from an untreated urinary tract blockage. Beagley’s parents, also members of the Followers of Christ church, are scheduled for trial in January on charges of criminally negligent homicide.

Of course, supporters of the Worthington’s ‘right’ to let their children die claim that any prosecution would violate their religious freedom. In fact there is even a defense fund set to make sure the Worthington’s are able to do this to a second (third?) child.

The Worthingtons maintain that the state and federal constitutions give them the right to care for their children according to their religious beliefs. Their lawyers have established the Worthington Defense Fund and are soliciting donations to defend those rights.

A similar case in Wisconsin (also poorly blogged) has set a precedence for such prosecutions.

Two weeks after Ava died, an 11-year-old Wisconsin girl, Kara Neumann, died from an undiagnosed diabetic attack. Neumann’s parents, who tried to heal the girl with prayer, argued that their constitutional right to religious freedom protected them from criminal charges Judge Vincent Howard rejected the Neumanns’ argument and ordered them to stand trial. “The free exercise clause of the First Amendment protects religious belief but not necessarily conduct,” Howard said in his ruling.

The girl’s mother was convicted last month of second-degree reckless homicide. The father goes to trial next month.

Here is hoping they get the book thrown at them, but I’m sure they won’t. Ah religion, you’ve done it again!

Oh, and it should be noted: The Worthingtons are expecting another child this year…

Quotes via The Oregonian