Sometimes the question is asked ‘what is wrong with religion’ or something phrased like that. This is a case of one of the ways it causes pain, misery and death. But then, in this particular case, religion itself may not be at blame – it could well be that ignorance is. This is a sad story about stupid people blinded by faith and losing a child as a result.
Fox News, not usually the most reliable of news sources but this story was confirmed by others, came out with the story “Police: Girl Dies After Parents Pray for Healing Instead of Seeking Medical Help“. Madaline Kara Neumann, and 11 year old diabetes sufferer, died when her parents apparently chose prayer over medical intervention. The story was soon followed up by “Wisconsin Parents Didn’t Expect Daughter to Die During Prayer“, followed by “Aunt Pleaded in 911 Call for Help in Saving Sick Niece From Religious Mother“.
Vergin said an autopsy determined the girl died from diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body, and she had probably been ill for about 30 days
Thirty days of sickness and all that the parents did was pray? I do not know about any other family out there, but if I have the flu for longer than four or five days I go and see a Doctor as soon as I can. They’ve studied medicine, they have a far greater understanding of disease, human anatomy and such things than I ever will.
The girl’s parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, attributed the death to “apparently they didn’t have enough faith,” the police chief said.
I’d actually put the girls death down to criminal negligence. There is no reason that girl should have died at all. A relative got so concerned about the girl’s welfare that they phoned the police. A relative in another state had to call the Police to get the poor girl any sort of proper attention and, sadly, it was far too late. Think about it … a relative in another state was so concerned that she called the Police and the Parents didn’t even take the child to a Doctor?
The mother believes the girl could still be resurrected, the police chief said.
The family believes in the Bible, and it says healing comes from God, but they are not crazy, religious people, she said.
Two main statements there, one contradicts the other. I’m sure you can work it out.
Leilani Neumann said the family is not worried about a police investigation into her daughter’s death because “our lives are in God’s hands.”
Great. That tactic sure worked out well for the daughter, didn’t it?
This seems like a pretty clear case of criminal negligence to me, though I am in no way any expert on the law. That being said, all indications are that the inaction of the parents led directly to the death of their daughter. What happens in their other children fall sick?
One thing that did jump out at me was that it is/was a home that practised home-schooling. As a properly trained and qualified educational professional myself, I can safely say that home-schooling is one of the worst possible things you can place upon a child of any age. Those running it are not qualified, children are robbed of proper social interaction and never are exposed to new ideas or concepts. Home-schooling is, by all accounts I’ve seen, a lot less about educating a child as opposed to indoctrinating them. Contemporary educational theory/practice is all about teaching students how to think, not what to think and home schooling flies straight in the face of this. It does nothing but insure that the next generation stays as ignorant as the current one. Ignorance which, in this case, led to the death of Madeline Kara Neumann.
Going off on a slight tangent now… The whole praying for people to get well makes little sense (as I’ve pointed out before), do people pray for a broken down car to suddenly start working again? Do people pray for limbs to suddenly grow back again? No. Because it does not happen. People do not get well through prayer, there is not one confirmed case of it. Yes, there are cases of people suddenly getting well when it was not expected … yet that has happened to Christians, Atheists, Buddhists and people who have and have not been prayed for, so there is absolutely no correlation.