Schaible’s faith healing congregation has had at least 22 child deaths

In a continuation of the story about the Schaible faith healing children deaths, the local news station takes a look at the churches.

Faith-Healing Churches Linked to 2 Dozen Child Deaths | NBC 10 Philadelphia.

NBC10 learns a local faith-healing couple has a history of child deaths. These two members are in jail right now, accused of letting their baby die without medical care. Now, we’ve found out other parents in the church have refused medical care for their families, leading to the deaths of as many as two dozen children.

Two Philadelphia faith-healing churches have a long history of the youngest members of their congregation dying because parents refused medical care.

Families who attend Faith Tabernacle Congregation in North Philadelphia and First Century Gospel Church in Juniata Park have lost more than two dozen children to illness since 1971, according to non-profit Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty, Inc. (CHILD, Inc.). Both churches believe in the power of prayer over modern medicine.

The Schaibles are one of those families.

At least 22 children from the First Century Gospel Church, founded in 1925 have died from illnesses including measles, hemophilia and a tumor. They believe that God promised that if you do his will, that there’s no infection, no diseases come to you, said a member who thinks the congregation is being persecuted for their beliefs.

Includes commentary by Dr. Paul Offit who argues that the Pennsylvania laws must be changed to prevent faith exemptions from child medical care. Sign me up. I’ll walk over to the legislature and testify how insane this is.

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  6 comments for “Schaible’s faith healing congregation has had at least 22 child deaths

  1. Chris Howard
    May 24, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Religion changes everything, in this country. If some parent were to claim that they chanted to the magic tree in their backyard for its healing powers, and twenty-two children died there would be no debate. CPS would step in and take the remaining children, and the perpetrators would be sent to jail, or a psychiatric hospital.

    But if the religious nonsense is a subcultural sect of a predominant “mainstream” religion, in this case Christianity, the law provides loopholes, and people are actually debating it.

    It really illustrates how certain types of nonsense, and superstition are sanctioned, and therefore okay while others are considered “weird.”

    It’s completely arbitrary.

  2. Richard Garrard
    May 25, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    If you go to the First Century Gospel church site and read their literature, they advocate foregoing all liability insurance and avoiding public schools. They attack scientists and evolution and state that the Bible is without error. You are getting first century medicine and thinking from the First Century Gospel Church, as advertised. Sad and horrifying. These people should not be tax-exempt, they should be prosecuted.

  3. May 26, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    I think the ‘age of religion’ still has at least a thousand years to run. That is, of course, if the human race survive that long. Perhaps we will end up like the people onTralfamadore, perhaps not?

  4. May 26, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    That is Kurt Vonnegut’s Tralfamadore.

  5. One Eyed Jack
    May 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    I prefer Bokononism. Only religion that ever made sense.

  6. May 27, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    All religions hold two things in common, without them they die. These are the primacy of man and everlasting life. Both seem unlikely bit if, like Bokononism, they keep people happy they may be a good thing.

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