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I'm Angry: An open letter to Leilani Neuman

by: JT

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Each time I read the linked articles, I find reason to be angry. Extremely angry. Religious belief should not result in child abuse, and there is no question in my mind that your daughter's death is child abuse.

Leilani Neumann, told The Associated Press that she never expected her daughter, whom she called Kara, to die. The family believes in the Bible, and it says healing comes from God, but they are not crazy, religious people, she said.

Yes you are crazy religious people - you let your daughter die unnecessarily instead of doing something when she was ill.

Maybe you do believe healing comes for God - did you ever consider just once that your God might have given humankind the intelligence to develop the science of medicine? Going to a doctor is completely in accordance with the idea that healing comes from God. The answer to your prayers was in the hospital.

Like many Christians, do you believe children come from God? Most likely you do. Did you just pray for babies - or did you and your husband do something about it? Do you pray to God to make the coffee and serve your customers in your coffee shop, or do you do something about it? Then why didn't you do something when your daughter got ill. Merely praying is not doing something, it's doing nothing.

"Our lives are in God's hands and whatever we go through we are just going to trust him," she said. "We need healing. We are going through the healing process."

Healing process? Like the healing process your daughter got? You and your husband don't need to heal. You need to get over your self-satisfaction and gloating about your ridiculous faith that God will do what you had a personal duty to do as parents, and that is care for your children. You both need to wallow in guilt. You both need to spend time in jail. You both need to repent of killing your daughter through wilful negligence. You both are guilty of your daughter's death. Your God had nothing to do with it.

There is a saying that "God helps those who help themselves." You got precisely the help from your God that you deserved. Unfortunately, your daughter paid the price for your blind negligence.