How many times and how many ways can we say religion kills?
On December 13, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta,
Jennifer Clark, 38, and Jeromie Clark, 34, were charged . . . with criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessities of life.
Their 14-month-old son, John, died the day after he was brought to a Calgary hospital in November 2013.
Police have said the child had a staph infection that was complicated by malnutrition that made it untreatable. They said the child’s family followed strict dietary restrictions based on their faith and nutritional beliefs.
Jennifer and Jeromie Clark are Seventh Day Adventists, and although the “Police say the family followed a strict dietary regimen based on an extreme interpretation of their faith,” this can’t be correct. The Clark children are not Seventh Day Adventists, nor are they responsible for their own nutrition: they are children. This is just another case of adults imposing their religious beliefs and practices on children.
Randy Barber, pastor of Calgary Central Adventist Church, says, “the Clarks had not been active in the church for eight years” and absolves himself and his church from any blame:
the church has a mission to “not only promote healthful living but also make every effort to share beneficial health principles with members and the community at large. Many churches offer classes on smoking cessation and how to prepare healthful, balanced and delicious meals.”
Ah yes, the Calgary Central Adventist Church is all things to all people: it is the source of information on religion, health and nutrition, but note,
Seventh-day Adventists accept the Bible as the only source of our beliefs. We consider our movement to be the result of the Protestant conviction Sola Scriptura—the Bible as the only standard of faith and practice for Christians.
As everyone knows, the Bible contains up to date information on how to quit smoking and on “how to prepare healthful, balanced and delicious meals.” It seems the Bible also advises against fingerprinting:
there was a problem with fingerprinting them after their arrest because of their religious beliefs.
Jennifer and Jeromie Clark have been granted bail.
Jesus Christ!!! Will religion never end?