CDC’s Dr. Paul Offit bases his end to religious exemptions on cases such as this: In 2009, Herbert and Catherine Schaible chose prayer instead of antibiotics for their 2-year-old son, Kent, who died from bacterial pneumonia. The Schaibles received 10 years’ probation. Recently, their 8-month-old son died without medical care. Their other seven children have now been removed from the home. Were they Christian Scientists?
In 2002, an anonymous caller alerted authorities to the neglect of 9-year-old Benjamin Reinert. Benjamin’s father, Paul Reinert, was a member of Faith Tabernacle. Child-protection workers visited twice and instructed the father to seek medical care if the boy’s condition worsened. One day later, Benjamin Reinert was dead. An autopsy revealed that the boy had died from a treatable form of leukemia.
VLA comment: Compare these generally uncommon cases to the thousands and thousands of deaths, paralyses, narcolepsy neurodegeneration, autism, angelman’s syndrome and all other iatrogenic deaths and crushing disabilities causeed by medicine. “Treatable form of leukemia”….what is that? Could it be a series of torturous chemotherapies and radiation that this parent chose to pass on?
Authentic religious families, meditators and the enlightened ones understand that passing from this dimension to another is just one more door we pass through in our joy to explore eternity. Why would one choose to stay in this dimension chronically ill, cut up by surgeons and in ceaseless pain? Totalitarianism is very close at hand when a State comes between a parent and a child.