Wrongful death due to religion: Faith healing killed Misty Horner

A rejection of modern medicine resulted in the death of a young woman from childbirth (and her child). The family sued her husband, his brother and a midwife who were members of a church who believed in faith healing. The jury was unanimous in their verdict against three, but you can’t bring Misty back. Can we eliminate this kind of backwards, irrational thinking? The jury sent a powerful message.

Jury Awards Over $100M to Parents of Misty Horner in Wrongful Death Suit | fox4kc.com – Kansas City.

According to court testimony, the Horner’s and Leather were part of a church created by John Horner, who believes himself to be an “apostle” and who preached that prayer will heal physical ailments, not modern medicine.

Misty Horner’s parents say that they were kept away from their daughter, but when they finally saw her she was clearly dying. They asked Caleb Horner to take their daughter to the hospital, but they say he refused, calling the situation “God’s will.”

Witnesses say that at one point, Misty Horner put her clothes on to go to the hospital, but was convinced that she just needed to believe in God’s healing power.

Misty Horner’s best friend, Tina Moore, testified that their religion required Misty Horner to be submissive to her husband at all times. In December 2006, Misty went into labor. According to Moore, Caleb Horner hired two midwives who were unqualified to deliver a baby, as Moore said they asked her to look up information in guide books.

During her testimony, Moore said Caleb Horner blamed the baby’s death on his wife’s family, calling it “generational sin” and that it was God’s way of punishing them.

Her story was difficult to read. Misty suffered greatly after a week in labor. Both mother and child could have been saved if medical attention had been given. After her death they also prayed over the body thinking they could revive her. When has that EVER happened? Why would you believe it works? This is terrible example of “what’s the harm from extreme religion”? Death.

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  5 comments for “Wrongful death due to religion: Faith healing killed Misty Horner

  1. D.W.
    December 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    Shameful. And these are the people who collect arsenals. Truly Shameful.

    • One Eyed Jack
      December 26, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Please don’t stereotype.

  2. Bobbi Snow
    December 25, 2012 at 6:17 PM

    Time-after-time we hear and read these tragic stories. Freedom of Religion does NOT mean that all things taught by any particular faith, are 100% true. If god gave mankind the abilities to read, write, and learn from prior mistakes, then why isn’t any god of faith respected enough to trust that well-known methods of medicine are also part of god’s plan? Two and a half years isn’t nearly long enough, and the monetary award cannot bring back the lives lost. This same kind of religious ideology killed my grandmother and one of her twins, in 1929; nearly a hundred years ago! We think we’ve come so far, and yet we allow these fanatics to exercise their “free will” until after-the-fact – then spend hundreds of thousands of tax dollars to attempt to set it right. Too little, too late. It’s time to put some governors on what religions can preach and demand of their followers, as “god’s will.” This should not still be happening. If we can put a rover on Mars, why can’t we stop these fringe believers from practicing stupidity?

  3. One Eyed Jack
    December 26, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    And yet, the biggest culprit in this tragedy goes untouched, the church.

    God gets a pass again.

  4. December 26, 2012 at 7:50 PM

    Sentence the “apostle” to community service volunteering in a local hospital, in addition to the fine.

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