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 3 pounds, 5 ounces. His lungs were underdeveloped, and he lived nine hours. The Hickmans say David appeared healthy then took a sudden dire turn. His skin became gray and his breathing labored.
The birth was attended by female church members who are considered midwives but it is unclear whether they have any medical education.
An autopsy found that the baby died of a bacterial infection of his feeble lungs.
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The truth is, China is afraid of some blogs because we push for Christian family values, freedom of religion, and freedom of association.
Reading commentary on Adam Smith’s views, one of the things that stood out was this: big families are a problem in his system. Thus, he detested England’s Poverty laws, which gave subsistence to the poor while allowing them to live in the country side. He would have preferred them to move into the city, to be laborers for those with capital. No matter how “pro-family” social conservatives try to frame Smith’s views, these are the facts that contradict their own lifestyles and views at times.
Smith and Karl Marx shared many principles in common, including the notion that the conflict between the producers and laborers would be INEVITABLE. So, it comes as no surprise that formerly communist/budding capitalist China carries on Adam Smith’s family values.
A frightening story has surfaced in recent months that the Chinese government—partly t enforce its one-child-only law, partly for a money grab—routinely took infants from the arms of their impoverished parents when there wasn‘t enough cash in the cupboards to appease extortionists’ demands. These abducted infants, reports say, were often adopted outside China; the United States was supposedly a frequent destination.
There’s nothing more I can say about this practice, except it’s disgusting, and I am proud to have a blog that’s banned from such an abominable government. Ugh.
Forget tattoos, belly button piercings and Lady Gaga-style silicone implants – the latest craze in body modification is ‘corset piercing’ where metal rings are pierced into the skin and joined together with a ribbon to give a corset effect.
The ‘decoration’, which can cost up to £300, can be applied to any area of the body where the skin is loose enough to pinch in order to thread a needle through. Popular areas include the back, ribs and, in some cases, even the throat.
But a cosmetic surgeon has now warned of the dangers of the bizarre trend which is sweeping the UK, saying the scarring following the procedure can be ‘absolutely horrendous’.
Warning – pictures, of sheer stupidity. Depravity. Disgusting.
At some point, people will simply start cutting off limbs and replacing them with hooks and plastic legs.
What will they do when they are 80?
Just tighten up the corset, I reckon and look like they are 20 again.
‘Corset piercing is becoming more popular. Body modifications have recently become really popular as everyone wants to be different. It can be quite painful. It involves pinching the skin and pushing the needle through by hand. A lot of people know about it and would like to have it done but for some it can be too painful. It’s not dangerous because it’s a surface piercing and doesn’t go deep enough. It’s an open wound so it has to be cleaned to prevent infection – it’s just like any other piercing. It only lasts for three to four weeks and after that it will just grow out. It does leave a few red scars. We get a lot of different people asking to have it done – one was a 45-year-old mum who wanted it done for a tattoo convention. We’ve also had a couple of students doing art degrees and others who are in to fetishes and pain. Others have it done because they want to look nice for a particular occasion.
An Australian father confessed to killing his two-year-old daughter after posting “bout 2 kill ma kid” on Facebook, the Herald Sun newspaper reported.
The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Wednesday how Ramazan Acar fatally stabbed his daughter Yazmina with a Ninja-style knife. Acar pleaded guilty to her murder.
Acar also texted the girl’s mother, Rachelle D’Argent, after the murder, saying, “it’s ova I did it.”
“I wanted him to look me in the eye and he did. A quick glimpse but enough for him to say he was guilty,” she told the Herald Sun.
My good God -
A building that once housed a daycare center and later became a “swingers’ club” in Mineola, Texas turned into a house of horrors for four children who were forced to perform sex acts on others and each other.
Shauntel Mayo, 29, the ringleader of this unthinkable abuse, made her three kids (then age 5, 6, and 7) and her own 6-year-old baby sister perform sex acts if they wanted dinner. “The unthinkable,” said Smith County assistant district attorney Joe Murphy. “She had her kids have sex with each other and taught them to masturbate. She taught them how to strip. She withheld food from them. All so she could make money.”
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Members of a small Baptist congregation in Texas say their pastor denied them communion after they refused to give him their tax refunds, MyFoxHouston.com reports.
Parishioners at the Houston Unity Baptist Church claim the pastor, John Goodman, asked members of his congregation to hand over their tax refunds to the church.
“He said for all those who are getting a tax refund, ‘How many are you are going to give it to the church?’” said one church member, who spoke to the station on condition of anonymity.
Ugh… but I swear, I nearly had this happen to me with an inheritance from a dead relative.
A former judge has been convicted of taking a $1million kickback from the builder of a juvenile jail in the notorious ‘cash for kids’ scandal.
Mark Ciavarella sent hundreds of children and teenagers to the private prison for minor crimes after being given the money by the company which ran it.
Some of the children jailed were as young as 10 and at least one killed themselves because the excessive sentences ruined their lives.
The woman who is screaming in the video is the mother of a 17 year old young man who committed a minor offense, was jailed and because of this, with his life ruined, he took his own life.
Read it all here.
Only so many things you would want to do in a situation like this, I reckon… and I imagine that the mother was exercising more restraint then we may ever really know.
- Penn. judge convicted in ‘for profit’ scheme also faces lawsuit (cnn.com)
- Judge Faces 10 Years in Alleged ‘Kids for Cash’ Scheme (abcnews.go.com)
- Sandy Fonzo VIDEO: Mom Lashes Out Over Cash For Kids Scandal (rightcelebrity.com)
So, I have this militant atheist friend who chides me for my faith in God – while calling attention to the fact that Superman is modeled off of Christ. Of course, it wasn’t because of Christians (generally) that this was done. I try to tell him that Christians try to hold things sacred. I mean, I try to hold things sacred. I believe that the things of God are sacred, and not in the least humanity as the zenith of God’s Creation.
So, no matter how much I protest about drawing the connections between Superman and God to my atheist friend, Christians go ahead and give him fodder.
Seems like… that people are…. idiots. But, then again, Matt Rose might be doing this for the fun of it to see anyone bites on it. I wonder what an English soul, obviously hardly used, goes for these days: