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FAITH-HEALING There is a fine line that should not be crossed when involving children That line is abuse Abuse comes in many shapes and forms There is physical abuse that involves punching slapping and etc belittling the child and telling them that they are not good enough Then there is neglect which is not properly caring for your child Examples of neglect are not bathing your child regularly ignoring hisher physical needs and not caring for your childs medical needs When your child gets sick you automatically feel that you should take himher to the doctor But what parent wouldnt take their child to the doctor That is a question everyone asked Some people do not believe in medicine or doctors They say it is a First Amendment right freedom of religion There is a specific group of people called the Followers of Christ that originated in Oregon in 1969 organized by Walter White who thought himself to be Gods hand-picked apostle This group does not believe in doctors or medicine They believe that it is Gods will to take people who can not make it without prayer even children There have been eighteen deaths of children in a decade The Oregonian a main newspaper in Cortland Oregon found that seventy-eight children were buried in a local cemetery in 1955 Twenty-one of them died from treatable diseases The group came under intense scrutiny in 1997 and 1998 when three children died after their parents denied them medical treatment One specifically was an eleven year old child BG Phillips who died from diabetes He died twenty-three days after painful suffering because his parents refused him medical treatment Patrick Foster another child now known as the miracle child suffered through months of pain He caught a bad cold when he was one The parents prayed and prayed They had even asked their preacher to pray in church for their son Patrick was never healed
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