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Testimony: ‘I don’t believe our childrens are neglected’

In more testimony on the faith-healing bill this morning:

Nathan Kangas, a member of the Followers of Christ faith-healing sect, said, “We’re not exempt from the law, this is the law that they’re trying to change. … How come they’re not representing the thousands of children that die because of medical malpractice? … We have ten times the children survive than what you would call the people who practice western medicine as a general rule. I don’t believe our childrens are neglected.” He said, “There’s no way we can or will do medication because we do believe it does impact our eternity. … Faith is the base of all Christianity. And it seems odd to me here that they have now put man before God.”

Paul Shippy told the committee, “In our community, the majority of the families range from eight to 17 children per household. … I know that faith healing works.” He said he has 12 children in his family, and that outside his faith-healing community, “For whatever reason the families are a lot smaller than they can be, should be.” He said, “It’s a concern to me to see people prosecuted for their belief in law.

Several other people spoke against the bill on grounds of parental rights, or out of opposition to abortion, saying the state should do more on that.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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