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Idaho woman knew of child sex abuse, police say. Could faith healing exemption free her?

Linda Martin isn’t surprised her second cousin, Lester Kester, is accused of sexually abusing four children or that his wife, Sarah Kester, is also accused of knowing about the abuse and doing nothing about it, citing the Kesters’ religious beliefs. Idaho allows some religious exemptions for “faith healing” in child abuse laws, and Sarah Kester may be allowed to make that argument in court.

Idaho Senate kills bill to repeal exemption on faith-healing parents who decline treatment of their children

BOISE – After two hours of passionate debate Tuesday, the Idaho Senate rejected a proposal allowing faith-healing parents to be civilly liable when their children die or suffer permanent injury due to a lack of treatment. The bill proposed a series of changes to Idaho’s existing faith-healing exemption from civil liability for child neglect, but made no changes in the state’s criminal laws, which include a religious exemption from prosecution for faith-healing parents.

Senate kills faith-healing bill on 11-24 vote

The Idaho Senate voted 11-24 against SB 1182, the faith healing bill, killing it. "This is a tough issue," said Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, in his closing debate, before asking for a moment of silence. Full vote breakdown.

Faith-healing bill roundly criticized, but squeaks out of Senate committee; full story

Controversial faith-healing legislation narrowly cleared an Idaho Senate committee on Monday, after a hearing in which nearly everyone who spoke opposed it. Sen. Dan Johnson, R-Lewiston, said his bill, SB 1182, makes a series of changes to Idaho’s existing faith-healing exemption from civil liability for child neglect, but makes no changes in...

Faith-healing bill advances to Idaho Senate

Legislation that would tweak Idaho’s laws allowing families to cite religious reasons for medical decisions without fear of being charged with neglect or abuse is headed to the Idaho Senate.

In sect that shuns medicine, case against pastor is novel

A pastor in a fundamentalist Christian sect that rejects doctors and drugs has been charged in the death of a child – his own granddaughter – from medical neglect. The novel prosecution is raising hopes among some advocates that it might spur change in a church that has resisted it.