Prayer is no substitute for medical care, Alaska Supreme Court says
The Alaska Supreme Court has affirmed a lower court decision that removed an elderly woman from the care of her daughter after the daughter declined to treat the woman’s epilepsy and said she would use prayer to treat her, even in a medical emergency.
The daughter, identified in the decision as “Rachel O.,” argued the prior decision amounted to religious discrimination because she cares for her mother — identified as “Tiffany O.” — “based on the tenets of religion instead of how the state wants her cared for.”
The court disagreed, writing in a unanimous ruling that “by depriving her mother of personal care services and emergency services in favor of prayer, Rachel not only fails to satisfy the essential requirements (of state law), but also puts Tiffany’s health and safety at risk.”
Rachel represented herself as the appellant, and the Alaska Department of Law represented the appellee.
The ruling, published Friday, concludes nearly 13 years of action by the state, which became involved in 2007 when Rachel requested the state appoint a guardian for Tiffany.
That was done in 2008, but Rachel became dissatisfied with the care her mother was receiving, according to court records. In 2011, Rachel became Tiffany’s guardian and said that because she graduated from a ministry school, she was justified to “rely entirely on prayer in lieu of hospital care” for her mother, the ruling states.
Because Jeebus was a bronze age ignorant fuck who new nothing of the germ theory of disease? Besides, why would He worry about such things, He's the son of Sky Daddy and He's got to live long enough to get nailed to a cross.
You can lead them to knowledge, but you can't make them think.
sparks wrote: ↑Tue Sep 01, 2020 3:19 am
Because Jeebus was a bronzeiron age ignorant fuck who new nothing of the germ theory of disease? Besides, why would He worry about such things, He's the son of Sky Daddy and He's got to live long enough to get nailed to a cross.
The ignorant fuck's religion may have been bronze age, but fair's fair.
If magic was real in the traditional sense, i. e. involving difficult to control sentient supernatural entities, we'd have the equivalent of terrible laboratory accidents (especially with all the dimwits thinking they dabble in it). Yet we don't, how strange…
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Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican bureaucracy. Francis didn't give specifics during his weekly blessing, but went on at some length to say the devil is the "biggest gossiper" who is seeking to divide the church with his lies.
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