Religious exemptions from children’s healthcare. Part 1: preventive and diagnostic procedures

From Dr. Coyne’s blog. As if you needed any more evidence that some theists are utterly ridiculous. God doesn’t want my children to have bicycle helmets! (then why does he require helmets for his soldiers in armor?) God won’t let anyone get tuberculosis from me! (as false as could be)


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CHILD, which stands for Children’s Healthcare is a Legal Duty, is a great organization founded by Rita Swan, a Christian Scientist whose son, denied medical treatment, died a terrible death from bacterial meningitis—a curable ailment. Horrified at what she and her husband had done, Swan devoted her life to making sure other children don’t go through what her son did. (Needless to say, she left the Church—and also wrote a book about their experience, The Last Strawberry.) CHILD is devoted to overturning laws that exculpate parents from harming their children if they have religious reasons.  You could do worse than give that organization a few dollars!

CHILD also presents an informative page on U.S. states’ religious exemptions for preventive health care and medical treatment for children, which includes a list of injuries and deaths occurring to children subject to those exemptions (it’ll break your heart), as well as…

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2 thoughts on “Religious exemptions from children’s healthcare. Part 1: preventive and diagnostic procedures

  1. As long as there’s a legal definition for a religion, there’s going to be discrimination because silly belief X qualifies as okay, but not silly belief Z. Why should X get the housing deduction, lowered utilities, no property tax, the ability to not have to charge sales tax, but not Z? Because X is a wider held delusion. X gets privileges that only are acceptable because somehow X is special and no one can come up with a logical reason why X is special.

    That’s where reason comes in, as long as X is given a special legal status, you are basically admitting “we care fuck all about what actually makes sense.”

    You see a theater troop serves the community, and they can get 501C3 status. They don’t pay income taxes. Nothing is stopping them from existing. However, if you were to say “I can’t work on Fridays because my theater troop thinks it is wrong;” an employer doesn’t have to legally comply with that. If you were to say “Hey, my theater troop doesn’t tolerate people making fun of how bad they are, I want a law passed to make it illegal to criticize it” you would be laughed at by legislators. If you state “Because of my Theater troops beliefs, I want this dropped from the science curriculum” it wouldn’t even be considered. If you whipped your children raw, what your theater troop stated about how it would make them better actors wouldn’t be an issue in a court.

    I have no desire to outlaw theater troops or religion for that matter. Just that your beliefs don’t get anything different or special legally speaking because of the shield the word ‘religion’ gives them.

    And while that doesn’t quite mean a society without religion, it does mean a society without any undue influence from religion.


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