183 coffins for children who died because of faith healing parents

These children serve as a reminder that "thoughts and prayers" are not enough.

183 child-sized coffins were carried in a procession to the Idaho State Capitol on Monday. Protesters stacked the tiny coffins on the Statehouse steps and demanded Republican lawmakers repeal the state’s cult inspired faith healing exemption. The law allows protection from civil and criminal charges if parents deny children lifesaving healthcare. Translation: religious nut jobs in a powerful local cult let their children suffer and die and the Republican lawmakers in their pocket don’t protect the kids.

Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue testified last year that as children die in his county, “My hands are tied as a law enforcement officer... it’s an embarrassment to our state.“ After lawmakers have ignored such testimony for years, protesters from ‘Protect Idaho Kids’ chose the stark visual of 183 coffins to shock lawmakers into action. Other like minded groups even dropped out of the protest because of the morbid, and truthful image.

Republican lawmakers who support Followers of Christ, a secretive collection of faith healing cults, have blocked repeal of the law as a First Amendment issue. Republican Rep Christy Perry defended the cult saying, “Children do die. I’m not trying to sound callous, but (reformers) want to act as if death is an anomaly. But it’s not — it’s a way of life.” Speaking in a legislative hearing cult members said that they consider medicine to be a sin akin to “witchcraft and sorcery.“

By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca

To learn more read, “These small coffins carried a message: ‘One child’s death is too many’” by Betsy Russell for The Idaho Statesman on February 20, 2018 and "183 Coffins For Idaho Children Killed By Faith Healing Parents" by Michael Stone for Patheos on February 20, 2018.

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"Religious beliefs" should not be an excuse for Children DYING in 2018. Let the child be treated. They can choose to follow that stupidity (aka religion) when they're adults and die from lack of care, of their own choosing if they decide that's the "faith" for them. That's why "religious institutions" INSIST children be "indoctrinated"; which is nothing more than adults bullying, pushing guilt, and brainwash children with Fears of: Damnation, Sky Daddy won't Love them, Hell, being "Left Behind"! If Guilt and Fear are needed to convince people your "Faith" is the right one; your faith has failed.


You can not pick and choose which deeply held religious convictions you decide are acceptable and which are not because then you are discriminating. You have to allow religious beliefs from all faiths to take authority over the law or have the law take precedence over all religious beliefs.