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Is that true? That's absolutely appalling.

I can't understand how it can be a legally reasonable thing to leave such parents as those in this story in a position of responsibility for their children's wellbeing. Their actions (or inactions) are demonstrably harmful to the point of lethality - not only demonstrably, but demonstratedly, tragically.

Would parents with a devout opposition to premarital food be allowed to starve their children? Could hardcore naturists refuse to provide their kids with clothes?

I can't agree with the posters here calling these people subhuman and calling for death penalties, though I appreciate the gut frustration. This is a very sad example of the potential harmfulness of devout delusions. People in any society worth living in should have state protection from the harm that such delusions would do them.

Thu, 27 Mar 2008 06:49:00 UTC | #142983