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“Her parents said at their trials that they believed healing came from God, and that they never expected Kara to die.”

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2009 by arievergreen

Kara Neumann, 11, died in March 2008 surrounded by a prayer group at her family’s home in rural Weston in central Wisconsin. It was later determined she had an undiagnosed, but treatable, form of diabetes. Her parents said at their trials that they believed healing came from God, and that they never expected Kara to die.

But prosecutors countered that the Neumanns recklessly killed their youngest of four children by ignoring obvious symptoms of severe illness as she became too weak to speak, eat, drink or walk. They said the couple had a legal duty to take their daughter to a doctor but relied totally on prayer for healing.

In handing down the sentence, Marathon county circuit court Judge Vincent Howard told the Neumanns they were “very good people, raising their family, who made a bad decision, a reckless decision. God probably works through other people,” he told the parents, “some of them doctors.”

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Previously: Wis. jury: Father guilty in prayer death case (August 1, 2009)


Nigerian police find sect women

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by arievergreen

Police in northern Nigeria say they have found another group of women and children abducted by the Boko Haram sect, locked in a house in Maiduguri. The group were in a deplorable condition, officials said, suffering from pneumonia, fever and rashes… More than 200 women and children have now been found over the last week, locked in buildings in Maiduguri… A Red Cross official told the BBC in Maiduguri that the women had been abducted by Boko Haram from six different states across northern Nigeria. Last week, the police rescued about a 100 young women and children from a house on the edge of the city. Many said they were the wives of sect members, and had been forced to travel to Maiduguri from Bauchi state. The BBC reporter in Maiduguri says the Boko Haram sect believed that their families should accompany them to the battlefield.

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Scientology anger over ‘scared Travolta’ claims

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , on August 2, 2009 by arievergreen

While this story is full of claims on both sides that the rumors aren’t true and that Travolta “is a member and it’s as it was, now and forever”, let’s just say I take those statements with a grain of salt. Who knows what the real story is – read more about what happened, from other sources, and come to your own conclusions.

Britain’s Mail on Sunday claimed church insiders had said Travolta bitterly regretted adhering to Scientology’s teachings when treating his son’s condition and had threatened to quit the secretive church… But the report also claims the 55-year-old actor may not follow up on his threat because of fears it could retaliate by revealing embarrassing details about his private life.

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Wis. jury: Father guilty in prayer death case

Posted in Wrongness with tags , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2009 by arievergreen

Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in the March 23, 2008, death of his daughter, Madeline, from undiagnosed diabetes. Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn’t walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead, Madeline died on the floor of the family’s rural Weston home as people surrounded her and prayed. Someone called 911 when she stopped breathing… On Thursday Neumann, who is 47 and studied in the past to be a Pentecostal minister, said he thought God would heal his daughter. “If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God,” he said. “I am not believing what he said he would do.”

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