In a recent campaign ad, Christy Perry makes it very clear that she is as pro-life as can be.
“As a mother and a grandmother, I truly understand and appreciate the value of children, both born and unborn,” Perry promises in the ad, adding that she promises to take a “smart and principled approach when it comes to protecting the sanctity of life.” However, given her decision to oppose a bill aimed to protect children from becoming martyrs to extremist ideologies that push faith-healing in lieu of medicine, “smart,” “principled,” and even “pro-life” seem to be questionable claims.
An extremist Christian group called the Followers of Christ has left a trail of dead children in its wake that can be traced back decades. The church initially drew angry stares from all but the most deluded of “True Believers” when a number of Oregon children’s deaths were connected to the church in that state, prompting Oregon to enact policies that punished parents whose children mean so little that they are not willing to obtain even the most rudimentary care. A news station traced those deaths to the church’s home in Idaho, where the same situation was found: many, many children whose deaths could have been prevented by basic medicine.
Followers of Christ’s belief system is born of perverse group-think, perpetuated by peer pressure, and fueled by confirmation bias. There has not been a single out-of-the-ordinary cure produced among the group, but getting over the sniffles is enough to convince the group that prayer is the answer! These sociopaths actually believe that, in letting their children die, they are doing God’s work–as only he has the power over life and death.
Currently, in Idaho, if a child dies due to lack of medical care the parents are not breaking any laws–as long as they have Jesus on their side! Someone found guilty of causing great bodily harm to a child could face a decade in prison–but not when that murder is wiped clean by the blood of the lamb! The law adds the exemption, “Treatment by prayer or spiritual means alone shall not for that reason alone be construed to have violated the duty of care to such child.”
Thanks to religious shield laws, these parents may legally sacrifice their children to their imaginary friend, and face no greater punishment than figuring out what to do with all the extra space.
However, recent Idaho Followers of Christ legalized murders have prompted the state to investigate possible changes that would not protect these people as they gleefully terminate young lives for the savior. Democratic Rep. John Gannon wants to repress religious freedom by putting a stop to that. Gannon says that state laws need to be updated to combat the sick practice of leaving your child’s fate up to chance. “These children need a chance to grow up,” Martin told the Associated Press. Gannon wants to narrow the legal loophole these childkillers currently enjoy, adding language that would remove protection “whenever a child’s medical condition may cause death or permanent disability.”
However, Rep. Christy Perry has other ideas. A staunch opponent of abortion on the basis that children need to be given a chance to come into the world, takes a break from her “pro-life” stance with regard to faith-healing murders–and she certainly opposes any effort to revoke the faithful’s ability to unabashedly commit filicide. “This is about religious beliefs, the belief God is in charge of whether they live, and God is in charge of whether they die,” said Perry, “This is about where they go for eternity.”