Family only prays for daughter; daughter dies

A wholly ignorant couple did nothing but uselessly pray for their daughter. God’s apparent response was, as has often been the case, murder.

Kara Neumann, 11, had grown so weak that she could not walk or speak. Her parents, who believe that God alone has the ability to heal the sick, prayed for her recovery but did not take her to a doctor.

After an aunt from California called the sheriff’s department here, frantically pleading that the sick child be rescued, an ambulance arrived at the Neumann’s rural home on the outskirts of Wausau and rushed Kara to the hospital. She was pronounced dead on arrival.

The county coroner ruled that she had died from diabetic ketoacidosis resulting from undiagnosed and untreated juvenile diabetes. The condition occurs when the body fails to produce insulin, which leads to severe dehydration and impairment of muscle, lung and heart function.

People like the aunt of this little girl should be praised as heroes. Her actions were unfortunately too late, but they were done with rationality and unselfishness. The parents of this little girl, on the other hand, acted without regard to reason and sensibilities. Rather than care for their daughter, they endangered her in a selfish effort to ensure themselves a place in the fictional land of heaven. People like that should be shunned from society. They are nothing but socially irresponsible. Unfortunately, it comes as no surprise that there are those who actually support such stupid actions.

A link from the site,, asserts that the couple is being persecuted and “charged with the crime of praying.” The site also allows people to contribute to a legal fund for the Neumanns.

The Neumanns are not being “charged with the crime of praying”. They have all the freedom they could possibly desire to pray, as should be the case. What they are being charged with is the crime of indirectly causing their child’s death when they should have known better and known enough to take proper action. They do not have the freedom to be negligent parents. It just so happens their negligence came in the form of prayer.

Hopefully the other three children the article mentions the Neumanns having will not be subjected to possible death as a result of such poor parenting.

Chris Goebel, 30, a shipping department worker for a window maker, said many people in the area felt strongly that the parents should be punished.

“That little girl wasn’t old enough to make the decision about going to a doctor,” Mr. Goebel said. “And now, because some religious extremists went too far, she’s gone.”

This quote pretty much nails down the issue. These people are religious extremists. They have no right torturing their children by withholding medical care. Their actions deserve severe punishment. More importantly, their actions deserve to be recognized as activity which is to be derided and condemned as fundamentally ignorant and harmful.

4 Responses

  1. Apparently these peoples’ pastor believes the Bible calls for healing by faith alone. “Jesus never sent anyone to a doctor or a hospital, Jesus offered healing by one means only! Healing was by faith.”

    There wasn’t a whole lot to medicine in Roman Empire times. Appendicitis had a mortality rate of 100%, less than half of the babies born lived to the age of five, and small pox was rampant in Europe, Asia and Africa. Medical care has improved in the past two thousand years. We’re not living in the late Bronze Age any more.

    One form of child abuse is called “callous neglect.” That’s what appears to have happened here

  2. If the description of these peoples’ belief is accurate, that only god has the ability to heal, they’ve taken leave of reality to the point where they surely qualify as insane, since this is demonstrably false. If, on the other hand, they believe only god should be allowed to heal, well they’re probably still insane but, their belief is somewhat harder to counter.

  3. There is an old joke…… A man’s boat was sinking in the middle of the ocean and another boat comes to rescue him. The person in the other boat says “climb aboard, I am here to rescue you.” The first man said, “no thanks, the lord will come and save me.” A little while later another boat comes to the sinking boat and again says, “climb aboard your boat is sinking.” The first man says again, “no thanks, the lord will come and save me.” Some time later a helicopter flies over the almost sunken boat and the pilot yells down..”grab on to the rope before you drown.” Again, the man says, “no thanks, the lord will save me.” Eventually the boat sinks, the man dies and goes to heaven. The man meets the lord and thanks him for bringing him into the promised land but asks God…. “Why didn’t you save me from drowning Lord?” God says…”what do you mean? I sent two boats and a helicopter!!”

    In this case, God provided about a hundred doctors and two hospitals in the Wausau area to pick from.

  4. Strange how God providing things looks exactly the same as if he were doing absolutely nothing, huh?

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