TULSA – Mia Fleming of Fox News Channel 23 in Tulsa reported on a story about a woman named Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested Friday morning, booked into the Tulsa County Jail. Susan was a member of the “Church of the First Born” and believes in faith-based healing through prayer. In spite of the fact that he was getting progressively worse, she continued to pray and have others pray for her son, who died of complications from diabetes.
Case after case after case of what amounts to a parent being responsible for the death of their own child serves nothing more than to solidify what the reasonable people of the world already know. Prayer does not work, and in the instances where it appears to, it is nothing more than a coincidence or the power of positive thinking on behalf of the patient. Personally, I don’t give a shit about anyone’s personal testimony, what they feel or what they think they have witnessed. It does not work because there is no god to listen or to answer. They might as well be praying to a Cabbage Patch doll. People who believe they can heal others, or that their god heals them, or that they can “feel” energies being released are delusional. Religion is nothing more than superstition, a neurological disorder, and the beliefs that surround and encompass religion are a form of mental illness.
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only would most likely have survived if they had received medical care. Eighty-one percent of the deaths were caused by conditions that had a medical survival rate of 90%. Many die from the promotion of health by faith through gullible people stubbornly believe that prayer works. They firmly believe that their god, the one who they believe created the entire cosmos, takes requests.
According to the 1944 case of Prince v. Massachusetts: “The right to practice religion freely does not include liberty to expose the community or the child to communicable disease or the latter to ill-health or death.” The First Amendment does not give parents the right to use religion to endanger their children’s health. Faith healing does not work. It kills children. Innocent lives are being lost due to mentally ill parents who are not fit to raise children. Natural healing processes are being lauded as miraculous cures, while a simple change in emotional state can be responsible. Divine intervention is not the cause of spontaneous recoveries, which are known to happen to all people, even atheists. Although science does not completely understand all of these occurrences, they are decreasing and being better understood as time marches on.
The time of believing in a god in heaven who is looking down onto earth and answering the prayers of Christians has come and gone. In the same way that the pyramids of the Egyptians were pointless, and the Roman temples were pointless, and the human sacrifices of the Aztecs were pointless, praying to God is pointless. As I have pointed out, you might as well be talking to your favorite stuffed animal.
Children are dying as a result of ignorance, both blind and willful, that still pervades one of the most advanced nations on the planet. In spite of all the advances we have made in the field of medical science in the last century, many of the deluded masses still cling to Loyola’s statement of faith: For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who disbelieve, no amount of proof is sufficient.