vms wrote:They didn't sound too remorseful.
Brazen wrote:Do you think that if, say, the parents were using miracle water, tea leaves, or pixie dust for the child that the verdict would've been the same?
zilch wrote:It's really hard to say what's best for the surviving kids, and for society, in cases such as this. Putting the parents in jail means putting the surviving sibs in foster homes or with (probably) equally criminally incompetent relatives. I would say in general that parents who kill their kids through negligence need psychiatric care; they're not likely to be a danger to society at large. On the other hand, getting away with manslaughter (I wouldn't call this murder, but there's no hard line here) sends a message to other crazies that religion gives you a license to do whatever you or your imaginary God want.
The Schaibles' church considers seeking medical care to be a sin and a lack of faith in God. It does shun those who see a doctor.
The church's teaching has at times put it at odds with civil authorities, notably in 1991, when a city measles epidemic killed eight children. Their parents belonged to either First Century Gospel Church or nearby Faith Tabernacle of Nicetown, which also espouses faith-healing.
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