Court upholds parents’ convictions in prayer death

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A mother and father who prayed instead of seeking medical help as their daughter died were properly convicted of homicide, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a decision that dramatically limits legal immunity for parents who turn to God rather than science to heal their children.

The decision marks the first time a Wisconsin court has addressed criminal culpability in a prayer treatment case where a child died. The court ruled 6-1 that the state’s immunity provisions for prayer treatment parents protect them from child abuse charges but nothing else, opening the door to a host of other counts.

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From the article:

At least 303 children have died since 1975 after medical care was withheld on religious grounds, according to Rita Swan, director of the Iowa-based advocacy group Children’s Healthcare is a Legal Duty. Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nebraska and North Carolina have taken their exemptions off the books, Swan said.

Emphasis mine.  But seriously, if there’s ever a good time for god to prove himself, it would be when a child’s life is on the line.  Unquestioning Christians should start questioning because faith healing is simply disgusting; apart from that, however, it exposes your faith for what it is: a lie.

Good. They deserve everything coming to them and more for their willful ignorance. How can people live with themselves when they realize their belief in fairy tales and children’s stories KILLED THEIR CHILD? 

Oh, that’s right. Their religion will save itself with the “it was all part of god’s plan” cop-out. No need for personal or responsibility or shame, it’s all up to the invisible sky man. Faith is not beautiful, it’s dangerous.

Is it natural to believe in religion?

Interesting study on the nature of human belief! Here’s a small except from the article:

"This project does not set out to prove God or Gods exist. Just because we find it easier to think in a particular way does not mean that it is true in fact. If we look at why religious beliefs and practices persist in societies across the world, we conclude that individuals bound by religious ties might be more likely to cooperate as societies.

Interestingly, we found that religion is less likely to thrive in populations living in cities in developed nations where there is already a strong social support network.”

Note that this is a media release and not a link to the actual study, which I would have much rather read.

Life is an arbitrary definition that we created to describe a collection of characteristics exhibited by some stuff, but not other stuff. In reality, we’re all just stuff.


Reason, the source of science.

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I am officially an ordained minister!

I can now marry two consenting adults. Big question, what should my official title be?

  • "Grand Master Brain Wizard"
  • "Universal Philosopher of Absolute Reality" 
  • "Doctor of Space & Time"

So many good choices…

A fundie friend on facebook posted this.

The irony…it hurts. 

There is a rumor going around that I have found God. I think this is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.

 Sir Terry Pratchett, The Daily Mail (U.K.), June 21, 2008)

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Yep. “Miracles” today.

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Mom: Things will work out.
Lauren: Of course they'll work out; really they have no other choice but to work out, regardless if it goes the way I'd like it to.You just have to understand that there is no purpose to life. Things happen; there's no deep meaning to it.
Mom: That's depressing.
Lauren: Or freeing. I guess it depends on how you look at it.

Richard Feynman is one of my favorite scientists of all time.


Before you judge others or claim any absolute truth, consider that…


Before you judge others or claim any absolute truth, consider that…

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