Daniel Hauser is the boy brainwashed into thinking his Hodgkin’s lymphoma can be cured by “natural remedies” instead of chemotherapy. His parents are the irresponsible people who have persuaded him to think this way.
At least the judge in this case has his mind in the right place:
In a 58-page ruling, Brown County District Judge John Rodenberg found that Daniel Hauser has been “medically neglected” by his parents, Colleen and Anthony Hauser, and was in need of child protection services.
While he allowed Daniel to stay with his parents, the judge gave the Hausers until Tuesday to get an updated chest X-ray for their son and select an oncologist.
If the evaluation shows the cancer had advanced to a point where chemotherapy and radiation would no longer help, the judge said, he would not order the boy to undergo treatment.
However, he said, if chemotherapy is ordered and the family still refuses, Daniel will be placed in temporary custody.
It looks like the best of all possible outcomes right now.
It would be great if Daniel grows up to leave his destructive faith. I worry, though, that if he does make it through this ordeal, he could become even more entrenched in his religion and just pissed off at the world…