- Oct 18, 2010
Oh the irony
In a deeply religious section of Idaho, a Republican state representative says that the state has no right to protect children from their parents who refuse them needed medical treatment in favor of faith healing.
Children do die, says Rep. Christy Perry. And its fine with her if Idaho children die in the name of God. Perrys district includes many followers of a religious cult, Followers of Christ, that eschews medicine. She says that the sects members are more comfortable confronting death when it happens to their children.
Im not trying to sound callous, but [people calling for reform] want to act as if death is an anomaly. But its not. Its a way of life, she says.
Perry says that a proposed ban on faith-healing would violate the religious rights of her constituents. The legislation, which would limit faith exemptions for medical care in the states child neglect law was proposed after a string of preventable child deaths in Perrys district. The 12 who died were children of sect members. Most of the children died from causes like pneumonia, sepsis and easily treatable cases of food poisoning.
But Perry argues that its well within the Canyon County sects First Amendment right to refuse medical care for their children on religious grounds. She says those trying to reform the laws are denying the sect their religious freedoms.
Is it really because these children are dying more so than other children, or is this really about an attack on a religion you dont agree with? Perry told Aljazeera.
On her website, Perry ironically proclaims that she's "a pro life mother and grandmother and emphasizes her honor and value of all human life, born and unborn." Perry also claims she's "an ardent supporter of defending each childs right to life."
Oh the irony