Faith kills

Parents are allowed under Idaho state law to substitute prayer as a form of medical treatment, and the law carves out a religious exemption to manslaughter, capital murder and negligent homicide charges if those prayers go unanswered and their child dies.

Parents can get away with murder while hiding behind their religious faith.

An Idaho Republican lawmaker is refusing to back a proposal that would require religious parents to seek medical care for their dying kids — and he won’t promise any changes to a state law protecting faith healers.

“Children do die,” said Republican state Rep. Christy Perry (pictured above) last year. “I’m not trying to sound callous, but (reformers) want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not — it’s a way of life.”

Critics of the law say children are needlessly dying from treatable ailments such as diabetes, pneumonia and food poisoning-related dehydration, reported KOIN-TV.

“These are not things children die of in our time,” said Linda Martin, who has been pushing for changes to the law. “This is what children died of back in the 1800s — not in the 2000s.”

Martin grew up in the Pentecostal group known as the Followers of Christ, which punishes members who seek medical care by shunning them from their church.

The church forbids the use of medicines such as antibiotics, but state law protects parents from charges if they supplement their prayers with just the slightest gesture toward health treatment — such as giving a sick child orange juice.

Source: Idaho Republican sees no reason to require faith-healing parents to seek medical treatment for dying kids