Idaho Congressman Labrador Defends Faith Healing Parents

May 1, 2018

By Michael Stone

Idaho congressman and candidate for governor Raul Labrador insists that faith healing parents have the right to deny their children medical care.

Speaking at a televised debate held earlier this week between the major GOP candidates for governor, Rep. Labrador defended faith healing parents, and said if elected governor he would not try to change the state’s faith-healing exemption that allows parents to deny children medical treatment without fear of criminal prosecution.

When asked about the state’s faith healing exemption Labrador said:

I would not change it. I believe in religious liberty. We believe in freedom. I would not interfere with a parent’s right to make a decision like that. I believe that they get to decide.

In other words, according to Labrador and people who think like him, children are the property of parents, and can be denied such basic rights as medical care if it serves the religious superstition of their parents.

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3 comments on “Idaho Congressman Labrador Defends Faith Healing Parents

  • @OP – In other words, according to Labrador and people who think like him,
    children are the property of parents,
    and can be denied such basic rights as medical care
    if it serves the religious superstition of their parents.

    Perhaps it is one of the irrational properties of “faith-thinking”, that while children can be left to die on the basis of superstition, such people, also usually think that the terminally ill should be denied the right to choose to die with dignity, and forced to endue a pointless extended life of pain and humiliation, if it serves the religious superstition of their deluded or cowardly legislators!

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2012/08/no-precedent-then-set-one/#li-comment-231610



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  • A woman has no choice in the matter of abortion, because the foetus within is granted rights superseding the woman’s rights.

    But the child in need of medical attention has no such rights because the parental rights supersede theirs.

    Religious liberty only applies if you’re his religion.



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  • It seems that this candidate (and indeed the state of Idaho) doesn’t understand that faith healing is a form of neglect and that he (they) have a duty to protect the citizens of Idaho from each other, including children from their ill-informed and incompetent parents. It’s not as if there aren’t plenty of experts available to testify to this fact. Freedom does not mean a license to be irresponsible with other people’s lives.



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