PHILADELPHIA, PA – Friday, Herbert and Catherine Schaible were convicted on involuntary manslaughter charges for the death of their 2-year-old son, Kent. In January of 2009, Kent died of bacterial pneumonia which is easily treatable with antibiotics. But instead of taking him to the doctor, his parents prayed for him.
The Schailbles belong to the First Century Gospel Church, which preaches prayer healing. Church pastor, Nelson A. Clark commented on Friday about the his view regarding the power of prayer,
“The legal community is trying to force our church group to put them in the hands of this flawed medical system, when they have chosen to put them in the hands of a perfect God, who does not make mistakes.”
According to the Associated Press, about a dozen children die from prayer healing in the United States each year. In this case, Herbert and Catherine Schaible could spend up to ten years in prison for their negligence. Sentencing is scheduled for Febuary. While it is legal for them to refuse medical treatment for themselves, the law holds that they must seek medical treatment for minors under their care.
Pastor Clark, however was not arrested and faces no jail time for preaching a message that cost 2-year-old Kent his life. He will presumable go on preaching that God alone will cure the sick even when the next kid dies as a result of his rhetoric.
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