Once again, a child is dead because her religious parents refused to take her to a doctor because they felt their prayers would be more effective.
Two-year-old Ella Grace Foster died on November 8 with symptoms of pneumonia that would likely have cleared up with the proper antibiotics. But Jonathan and Grace Foster had no intention of giving her that treatment, leaving her health in their imaginary God’s hands.
… Jonathan Foster told police “it would be frowned upon and against their religion” to have taken Ella to a doctor, an affidavit said.
The Fosters were released on unsecured bail and are back home with their six other young children. [Berks County District Attorney John] Adams said the parents have agreed to take their children to doctors when they are sick. Child welfare officials are monitoring compliance, he said.
Six other young children. Christ…
The only reason the Fosters were caught is because they contacted a funeral home after Ella’s death, and the funeral home, clearly concerned about the death of a two-year-old, contacted local police.
The Pennsylvania couple belongs to Faith Tabernacle church in Mechanicsburg. It’s a non-denominational church that pushes members never to see a doctor for their problems. But now that the Fosters have been charged with involuntary manslaughter and child endangerment, maybe it’ll send a message to the rest of the congregation that they’re going to have to choose between taking care of their children responsibly or receiving a harsh punishment.
For normal parents, that’s not a difficult decision. But leave it to religion to convince people to do something harmful even though they believe it’s in their best interests.
(Screenshot via WPVI. Thanks to Scott for the link)