There are always going to be examples of religious beliefs that can cause harm to children or others. Extremeists can read in to any faith and find a reason to harm someone. Child brides, refusal of medical treatment, extreme fasting. Recently there was a mother were starved her 19mo old because her religious beliefs dictated that you could only eat if you said Amen. The child did not... She honestly thought she was doing Gods will...
Should the governement have the right to come in and take over on these cases? If the parent or persons honestly think they are doing gods will who is the government to prove them otherwise? Wouldn't gods rules apply over those of man? And what happens if the parent is right in the eyes of god and the government steps in? did they damn the child?
Are these qestions there are even answers to?
*I'll post the link to the story about the baby in a moment!
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 4:16 PM on May. 17, 2009
Answer by sammiesmom2000 at 4:51 PM on May. 17, 2009
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Answer by spiritguide_23 at 7:29 PM on May. 17, 2009
There is a fine line between the right to practice your religion and government interference. For instance with the issue of fasting. The example you gave is extreme and born out of complete ignorance. However controlled fasting like Muslims practice is not harmful and so they should be allowed to continue without interference.
The problem with the extreme cases is that often by the time it is discovered, harm has already been done.
I think that health care professionals should have the authority to act without parental consent if they feel the parents are being dangerously unreasonable in regards to their child's welfare.
Answer by beeky at 8:09 PM on May. 17, 2009
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Answer by mizkaye at 10:13 PM on May. 17, 2009
Answer by TortisShell at 11:45 AM on May. 20, 2009
Next question overall
Do you get jealous if a woman is thin during her pregnancy?