“THURSDAY Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter held a breakfast with the Idaho Press Club, where he announced he was calling on legislative leadership to form a committee to study faith healing and child deaths. Otter emphasized he does not want to restrict religious freedom. His announcement came less than a day after Boise Rep. John Gannon, who has been interested in the issue for the past couple of years, dropped off his proposed bill to amend the exemption to the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. It also coincided with a forum that was held at the Capitol Thursday evening, featuring a panel of speakers who support amending the current law, which exempts faith-healing parents from prosecution if their children die.
A few lawmakers attended, including Sen. Lee Heider, R-Twin Falls, chairman of Health and Welfare on his side of the rotunda. A few people talked about their own experiences, including Brian Hoyt, who grew up in a Followers of Christ family in the Boise area with, from his description, abusive parents and adults around him. He described being told, as a 5-year-old, that the baby who died in his arms died because he didn’t pray hard enough. He talked about his brother, whose broken leg was set with 2-by-4s and bungee cords. When the leg looked crooked, he said, the church elders broke it again to reset it. When Hoyt himself broke bones in his foot after trying out for wrestling in middle school, “I was told this was God’s vengeance on me because I was dealing with people who were not of the faith.” Two weeks later, his parents brought him to the doctor, wearing the same pair of pants because his foot was so swollen he couldn’t take them off.
“This is not about freedom of religion,” Hoyt said. “This is about freedom from abuse and neglect, flat out. I don’t care what faith your flavor is, that is abuse, plain and simple.”
Get real .
1.Human right to have freedom from harm . Obviously also needs to be a human-right, that is upheld “first and foremost“.
2.So therefore it follows on from that,that the idea that freedom of religion could ever be something that would be able to be upheld. Was never nothing more, than a pipe dream
And yet faith abuses are still far too common. The exclusive brethren and the renton brethen groups , still have more than enough company.
Even though it is now 2016
I seen some people make the claim, that Christianity, is based on empathy and compassion
If that be so. Then how? come so many of these extremely nasty sorts of abuses, can still find room to exist within the realm of Christianity.
In the comment section, that follows this article . Someone commenting there, has this to say
Exactly. Religion cannot include stuff that endangers people. Therefore : freedom of religion is an impossibility
If only there were more honest-theists , whom were more willing, to just cut to the chase, and come clean and just admit-it
If only there were more mainstream Christians , whom cared enough (empathy) to want to take-action , to write letters and even personally approach government officials, to offer support for change. To offer support, so that these wrongs might then have more-chance to finally be put right
Because ive seen plenty of Christians, constantly laying a claim, suggesting that Christianity, is foundered on “empathy” . Folks like Fisherman.Ian McKay. Peter Harrison . And others
So Christianity is foundered on empathy. Then how come? it constantly helps to harbor, this kind of harm
By being so silent about these issues
By showing such little interest in these kind of issues
These kind of abuses. Are still far to common
How the hell could that have happened?. If it is true that Christianity has been the flowing milk and honey, of empathy
To claim that Christianity is foundered on empathy. Is also for a Christian to claim that it has been a “caring thought” for Christian worldwide ,to have thought to continue to allowed that these kind of abuses, would retain the “right” to continue in this manner ,as they have
We see so little discussion on these ongoing Christian faith abuses.
1 .How? many times have ever seen the Pope bothering to discuss them
2. Dose? the Pope discuss the plight of these Children,even half as much as he bothers to bleat-on about how many Christians are getting killed by Muslim
The Pope can be seen to constantly demand the Muslim would show more empathy.When the Pope still hasn’t even helped to begin to clean up his own nest properly,as yet
What a bunch of hypocrite so many of these professing Christian folk seem to be
Meanwhile loads of ex eb , are busy with still fully expecting, that some how it might be, the cult members, whom might suddenly step-forward and lead the way