Ore. faith healers get 16 months for son's death

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    Ore. faith healers get 16 months for son's death

    By ABBY HAIGHT
    Associated Press Writer

    OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) -- The judge who sentenced an Oregon couple to prison Monday for the death of their son says members of their church must quit relying on faith healing when their children's lives are at stake.

    "The fact is, too many children have died unnecessarily - a graveyard full," Judge Steven Maurer said. "This has to stop."

    Maurer spoke in a quiet, unemotional voice as he led up to his conclusion: Jeffrey and Marci Beagley each should serve 16 months in prison. Members of the Followers of Christ church who packed the courtroom sobbed.

    The Beagleys were earlier convicted of criminally negligent homicide in the June 2008 death of their 16-year-old son, Neil, of complications from a congenital urinary tract blockage. The condition normally is easily treated.

    Members of their church avoid most medical care and instead rely on rituals such as anointing sick people with oil and laying hands on them.

    In ordering prison terms, Maurer reflected changes made in Oregon law a decade ago stipulating that freedom of religious practices is not an excuse to shun medical treatment for a dangerously ill child. The changes were a result of the deaths of children in Followers of Christ families.

    The church's small cemetery near the end of the Oregon Trail includes row after row of headstones marking the graves of children.

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    Then the devil takes him up into the holy city, and sets him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to him, If you be the Son of God, cast yourself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning you: and in their hands they shall bear you up, lest at any time you dash your foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, It is written again, You shall not tempt the Lord your God.

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    Oregon is imploding, I swear.
     
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    modern medicine is like the mark of the beast.
     
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    Why wouldn't GOD want you to use a doctor, aren't doctors "gods creations" too?

    I'm confused by people sometimes.
     
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    I can understand and even sympathize with people who have terminally ill children who choose to end conventional treatment.

    But if this is accurate, it's just stupid, and the parents deserve to go to jail.

    xsited is exactly right. It's wrong to tempt God. Particularly with the lives of innocents.
     
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    olive oil and a holy ghost frenzy are just as good as a catheter or cast.. whatchu talkin' bout?
     
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    Shut up, you heathen.
     
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    The church's small cemetery near the end of the Oregon Trail includes row after row of headstones marking the graves of children
     
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    don't make me pray that jesus will come and take your temperature.
     

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