‘Faith Healing’ Responsible For Dozens Of Deaths, In Philadelphia Alone

Screen captured image from NBC 10 (Philadelphia, PA).

Faith-healing religions are responsible for the deaths of children. That is no longer a question. The question is, are we, as a nation, so determined to define “religious freedom” as broadly as possible that these deaths are worth it? In Philadelphia, the congregations of two churches that believe in “faith healing” have been responsible for a number of children’s deaths over the years. This morally reprehensible act — refusing medical treatment because they believe that praying will cure disease — kills kids. Either they don’t have enough faith, or something else is at work (or maybe NOT at work) here.

NBC Philadelphia, reported today, pointing out that, “Families who attend Faith Tabernacle Congregation in North Philadelphia and First Century Gospel Church in Juniata Park have lost more than two dozen children to illness since 1971, according to non-profit Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc. (CHILD, Inc.). Both churches believe in the power of prayer over modern medicine.”

In the eyes of many, the right to freedom of religion stops when it infringes upon, say, a child’s right not to be killed by adult stupidity. But what about to be conditioned to believe this way? Is it wrong to teach a child that it’s okay not to take children to the doctor when they have a life-threatening medical condition?

Here’s the video:

NBC also goes on to report them as saying,

“The church believe that people get sick because they’re not doing the right thing,” the man named John said. He refused to give his last name during the interview.

“God promised us that if we do his will, that there’s no infection; all these diseases that you name, would not come to you,” the man explained. John says he believes the congregation is being persecuted for their beliefs.

If you believe a child is sick because they are “sinful,” YOU are the sick one; mentally sick. That congregation SHOULD be persecuted. In fact, those both those directly responsible, the parents, and those indirectly responsible by endorsing this type of behavior — not to mention they’re teaching the other kids, that didn’t die, to engaged in the same type of damaging belief system later in life. It’s abhorrent.


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