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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