This one’s going to be a quickie because we were out late last night …
Today’s article comes to you thanks to my friend Erin, who clued me in on the story of a couple of parents who have lost their 7-month old son after refusing to get him the proper medical treatment for their son’s bacterial infection, instead relying on faith healing to cure him. BONUS: this is the second child they lost like this. The first was in 2009.
Herbert and Catherine Schaible are accused of not getting treatment for their seven-month-old son, Brandon Scott Schaible — choosing instead to pray over him — when he became sick last month and eventually died April 18. The couple was already on probation after being convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 death of two-year-old, Kent.
Brandon Schaible began showing difficulty breathing, irritability and decreased appetite three days before he died of bacterial pneumonia, the same thing that killed Kent, according to an autopsy.
As of right now, the couple’s surviving seven children are in protective custody, where they will likely receive medical care that was developed after the Enlightenment period. Where their final destination is, I’m not sure. The article doesn’t say whether there are any non- or mainstream religious family members who can take them in. That’s a tall order for any family, but I suspect it would be better than leaving them in the foster system.
What I want to know is how in the goddamned world these parents were still allowed to care for their other kids when they already let one of them die from a preventable illness. The most obvious response is: where else would they put the kids? If the parents have a court order to make sure their children get regular medical care, that should improve the situation and disrupt the family unit as little as possible …
… except for the fact that you’re imposing secular law on a couple that ignores 2,000 years of modern medicine in favor of the Bible. I’m not too sure what the judge was thinking when he decided these people could be reasoned with and that this would not happen again to at least one of their (then) eight children.
But hey, at least we draw the line somewhere, right? I mean, we still have laws allowing people with “firmly held” beliefs to opt out of vaccination, because as we all know from centuries of prayer that if you believe something strongly enough, it magically becomes true. And, since vaccination clearly only affects the person being immunized and does nothing for overall public health, it’s clear that such decisions should be left up to the individual and not health organizations like the CDC.
Days like these make me wish there was a sarcasm font. Kind of like italics, but with spikes or something.