'Tard of the Week - Dale and Leilani Neumann

Friday, January 23, 2009
You know, I'm enough of a libertarian that I don't think the government has a right to tell parents how to raise their kids.

If that includes indoctrinating children in their religious belief, well, in light of my resolution not to get all stabby about religion, then that's just dandy.

Providing they're not physically endangering the child, that is.

Which of course brings us to this week's 'tards, Dale and Leilani Neumann. The Neumanns believe that the only way to heal sickness is to pray to the almighty, who will then heal you, presumably based on your obedience, purity or other virtue. Stuck you tongue out at your mother? Buzz! No healing for you! Persecuted the heathens? Ding Ding Ding! You are HEALED!

So when their daughter Kara developed juvenile diabetes, you can just imagine that it totally sucked to be her. Because, really, using insulin to treat diabetes is just crazy talk when you can pray to our Lo-ord to heal your child.

Not surprisingly (except perhaps to Mr. and Mrs. Neumann, that is), Kara subsequently died of diabetic ketoacidosis.

About a month after Kara's death, the Marathon County state attorney brought charges of reckless endangerment against her parents. The outcome of the case will evidently have far-reaching repercussions in terms of the 1st Amendment and how it relates to a parent's responsibility for their child's health. I can't comment on that, because I'm not an attorney, and I don't play one on T.V.

What I can comment on (and you know I will) is the utter fucking stupidity in refusing adequate medical care to your child. Seriously, Neumanns? Do you live under a fucking rock? There's a reason why people live so much longer now than they did when your Lord and Savior was born. It's called modern medicine. The miracle wasn't the virgin birth - it was that Mary didn't die of child bed fever after giving birth in a fucking stable.

The Neumanns are being joined in their Darwin-confirming stupidity by members of their faith group, "Unleavened Bread Ministries," who advocates faith healing and the end of the world. These fucknuts believe the Neumanns are being "charged with the crime of praying." This, of course, is almost stupider than the Neumann's dumbassery.

I've got news for you, you dumb fucks. The Neumanns are being charged with neglect. Because they neglected their daughter to death. They deserve to go to prison for their terminal stupidity - the stupidity that cost their daughter her life.

Christ on a crutch. Poor Kara. Stupid parents. 'Tards.

7 comments:

Nathan said...

Can't argue with that!

Chris said...

Since they're so juiced up on the religion, maybe they won't hire a lawyer and consider prayer as a better defence. We can only hope...

Wendy said...

OK, I've know people who've had juvenile diabetes all their lives that will probably outlive me.

That's not neglect, that's child abuse and murder. Plain and simple.

Someone please stick them UNDER the jail. Problem solved.

WendyB_09

Nathan said...

Hey! My answer holds up even after the post says more than just "T".

Yay!

vince said...

The stupidity, it burns!

mom in northern said...

Where is Shawn's soap box
when I need it?

mattw said...

Why is stupidity so stupid!?!