I’m positively shocked about the outcome of this:
WESTON, Wis. (AP) â€” Police are investigating an 11-year-old girl’s death from an undiagnosed, treatable form of diabetes after her parents chose to pray for her rather than take her to a doctor.
An autopsy showed Madeline Neumann died Sunday from diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition that left too little insulin in her body, Everest Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin said.
She had probably been ill for about a month, suffering symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness, the chief said Wednesday, noting that he expects to complete the investigation by Friday and forward the results to the district attorney.
The girl’s mother, Leilani Neumann, said the family believes in the Bible and that healing comes from God, but she said they do not belong to an organized religion or faith, are not fanatics and have nothing against doctors.
Dear Mrs. Neumann, when you put the Bible and faith healing ahead of modern medicine, I have news for you: you’re a fanatic. Not to mention really, really stupid. And dumb.
So dumb it actually hurts (or, in this case, kills).
Evidence that medicine and doctors work? Volumes upon volumes written on the subject. Medical records documenting people getting better. Properly designed experiments, peer-reviewed and published.
Evidence that prayer works? One dusty old tome written two-thousand years ago that can’t even keep straight a simple story like nailing a guy to a cross, combined with a lot of anecdotal stories lacking proof and crooked televangelists lacking morals.
But, wait! It gets worse!
“We are remaining strong for our children,” Leilani Neumann said. “Only our faith in God is giving us strength at this time.”
Yes, because that whole “faith” angle sure turned out great last time, didn’t it?
Have I mentioned how absolutely, unbelievably, and painfully dumb you are?
Leilani Neumann said she and her husband are not worried about the investigation because “our lives are in God’s hands. We know we did not do anything criminal. We know we did the best for our daughter we knew how to do.”
May you have many decades of prayer behind bars for completely failing your children, failing as a parent, and failing as a human being.
If their daughter was drowning, would they have stood at the water’s edge praying she learned how to do a little Jesus act?
I’m not sure I want to know the answer, although I doubt my opinion of these nitwits could go any lower. They should have their other children removed from the home immediately, and then they should stand trial for negligent homicide.
Sometimes I think it’s a shame that being stupid isn’t a crime.
Update: The image in this post just about sums up the purpose of prayer.