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    There is a court fight over religion and a child's life. The child is in need of a blood transfusion but the parents, due to religious reasons (their interpretation of the Old Testament) oppose their child's receiving of another's blood. Your thoughts -
     
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    That is tough, but I think the State should take the child and perform the transfusion. The Freedom of Religion is not absolute and doesn't trump valid laws for public safety and welfare. A person would not be allowed to buy and use heroin as part of their religious practices (I don't think), and I don't think they should be allowed to deny medical attention to their child either (an obligation of every parent in america).
     
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    there are times when religion needs to be overridden with common sense, unfortunately these don't seem to be the times.
     
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    i think the life should be saved. Spirit of the Law and not the letter. regardless of religion. The kid doesnt have enough experience to make their own choice on the matter. If an adult refuses it thats a different story. But I think we should give the kid the benefit of the doubt and save their life.
     
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    I agree.
    You letter of the law doesn't allow you to take a life, so I don't think you should be able to in the name of religion.

    I hate cases like this. I don't want to tell someone what religion to pracdtice or how to practice it, but I don't want to see a CHILD die because of his/her parents religious beliefs(whgich happen to be shared by few).
     
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    Where the beliefs of a given religion lead to the harm of oneself, another, or both, then those beliefs are to be rejected. This is such a case. The medical necessity for the child far outweighs the any religious proscriptions against a blood transfusion.
     
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    well the day has finally happened. The lowest level of hell is frozen. I agree with Bully.
     
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    Here is the question I always ask...Does the freedom to practice your religion give you the right to practice your religion on your child? What about the child's freedom of religion. IMHO, it is wrong for parents to deny medical care to a child because of the parent's religious beliefs. Doesn't the child have the right to get the medical care until he or she is old enough to make such decisions?

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    Hmm what about an unborn child?
     
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    He-he, all unborns are agnostic.
     

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