In the US state of Wisconsin there is an exemption to the statute against failing to protect children from bodily harm for so-called “treatment through prayer.” That exemption may prevent justice being served in the case of a couple whose diabetic daughter died after they prayed for her recovery rather than seeking medical assistance. The parents blamed the death on their “lack of faith.”
Dan Vergin, the local police chief, said she had been ill for a month, suffering symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, excessive thirst, loss of appetite and weakness.”She just got sicker and sicker until she was dead,” he said.
Even after her death, her parents, Dale and Leilani Neumann, who did not belong to any organised faith, prayed over her body in the hope that she might be resurrected.
This is what can happen when societies pander to faith, at the expense of the rights and well-being of others (especially those unable to defend themselves).