Saturday, March 29, 2008

power of prayer

Believing that all healing comes from god, Dale and Leilani Neumann did what every good christian parent should do, they put their faith in god and asked him to heal their diabetic daughter.

Madeline "Kara" Neumann, 11, died last Sunday from an undiagnosed but treatable form of diabetes as her parents prayed for her to get better.

Her mother said she never expected her daughter to die.

No of course not. Leilani expected god to heal Kara. So she got down on her knees and prayed,

Oh mighty and powerful Apollo
we beseech you
stretch forth your mighty hand
and heal Kara, our beloved daughter.

But Kara was unworthy and Apollo turned his face from her. For her life was not worth sparing. The mouth of Hades was hungry for another soul and little Kara now wanders the fields of Elysium alone.

Everest, Wisconsin Metro Police Chief Dan Vergin (in the role of Pontius Pilate washing his hands) decided to leave the decision on whether or not to press charges against the parents up to the district attorney. After all, there was no intent to harm the child. "They didn't want their child to die. They thought what they were doing was the right thing. They believed up to the time she stopped breathing she was going to get better. They just thought it was a spiritual attack. They believed if they prayed enough she would get through it."

Kara's three siblings have been removed from the care of these good christian parents while the secular police force investigate their biblically proper, godly behavior.

Here lies Madeline "Kara" Neumann
Prayed to Death
by her own parents.
May she rest in peace.


Sean the Blogonaut F.C.D. said...

Thank goodness this is just an isolated case - one crazy family. Imagine if this sort of stuff was institutionalized in like a... I don't know...treatment facility for women with mental health issues... no wait it is! Come to Australia where we treat bullemia with prayer and exorcism.

Fiery said...

Hi Sean,

They are indeed both abominations. Utterly repugnant with uniquely horrific aspects to each.

But both perpetrated by people who should be helping and instead are too busy playing makebelieve to do anything but harm. :(

Attila The Mom said...

That's just so sad. And so unneccesary. :-(

Stardust said...

If religion wasn't involved, the parents would be in jail and charged with neglect, at the least.

Fiery said...

Yep at the very least charged with criminal negligence or some such.

Instead they are passed of as good people who didn't mean any harm.

Kid is still dead though. :( Wonder what that did to their faith in god.

oh. right. there's always "god's mysterious ways".

T&A said...

This is such bullshit! These assholes should be locked up for neglect! Let me put it this way, if you had a dog that was in need of seeing a vet and you pulled this prayer nonsense, they'd likely charge you with animal abuse. But since it's a child that can't reason for her self, it's perfectly OK to claim it was gods will!

I'm not saying that pets shouldn't be treated with humanity,(as you already know how I feel about people that abuse animals) but why is it that when it comes matters concerning illness and death, animals make out better?

Fiery said...

exactly T&A. Exactly!

Rover gets a peaceful death, held and comforted by those he loves. But Grama gets to writhe in agony, gasping and wheezing for every last breath. praise jeebus.

Shawn Francis Peters said...

I've written pretty extensively on the legal and ethical issues raised by these kinds of cases. And, since I'm based at UW-Madison, I've commented on the Neumann case specifically in a number of different forums (including CNN).

I won't drone on here, but if you're interested in learning more, you might check out my "Religious Convictions" blog at: