Society and Religion

There is no amount of religious freedom which enables you to kill your child

When the trial of Dale and Shannon Hickman begins this week in Clackamas County, the curtain again rises on a familiar tragedy, one centered on the death of a child and on parents whose unwavering faith in divine healing may lead them to prison. The Hickmans are members of the Followers of Christ, an Oregon City faith-healing church. The congregation has a long history of children dying from curable conditions because parents rejected medical care in favor of spiritual treatments. The Hickmans are charged with second-degree manslaughter. …. The baby, David Hickman was born two months prematurely. He weighed