Locally, we have a branch of the Followers of Christ Church, an extreme sect of Christianity. The members of this church reject all medical care, using only prayer to maintain their health.
OK, as adults, that's their right to have and practice such beliefs. Unfortunately, the families in this church have many children, and those kids cannot competently select what's right for them. Their parents force the no-medical-care beliefs down their young throats, and the kids die as a result.
There have now been 5 trials in the past few years over the deaths of children of families of that Church in this area. In all of them one or more of the defendants (usually both parents) were convicted, including in the trial which concluded yesterday, two more parents convicted of second-degree Manslaughter in the death of their preemie baby, which delivered OK, but died within hours.
Look, we take our religious freedoms seriously here in the US of A, but I call "foul" on the entire FOC Church, and believe it must be disbanded as an entity which accepts the protection of our Constitution.
In fact, if I'm District Attorney Foote of Clackamas County, I sue this church under the Corrupt Practices Act, since it's directed doctrine continues to lead to the criminal deaths of members' families.
Additionally, I charge the entire religion of Christianity with dereliction of their moral duty. Isn't it the position of this religion that no woman may abort a pregnancy because every life is precious under God?
Get with it, Christianity. Excise this cancer known as Followers of Christ from your body religious, or die when the bigger cancer of hypocrisy consumes you.