The case of Daniel Hauser, about whom I’ve blogged already, gets weirder by the day. His mother fled with him so that he missed a court appearance on Tuesday. Since then the father’s responses as to where his wife and son are, have been rather cute and non-revealing.

CNN reports on the latest in this story:

A 13-year-old Minnesota boy whose family has rejected chemotherapy to treat his cancer is near Los Angeles, California, with his mother, and the pair may be planning to travel to Mexico, authorities said Thursday.

Brown County, Minnesota, Sheriff Rich Offmann cited “reliable information” in making the announcement to reporters, adding that Colleen Hauser may be seeking treatment for her son’s lymphoma in Mexico, just south of San Diego, California.

Oh great. Mexico. A country on the cutting edge of medicine … not!

On top of that, authorities made an incongruous statement about the father:

Anthony Hauser, Colleen’s husband and the boy’s father, has been cooperating with law enforcement, Offmann said.

This, however, is contradicted by the father’s dodginess and defiance earlier in court, as reported by the Star Tribune:

Anthony Hauser said he last spoke to his wife about 4 p.m. Monday as he milked cows at the family farm near Sleepy Eye. He said his wife told him she was going to leave and “That’s all you need to know.”

The words he said to the judge are certainly not those of someone who’s being “cooperative.”

The CNN report also shows the family being inconsistent:

Family spokesman Dan Zwakman told CNN Thursday that Anthony Hauser was not aware that his wife was taking the child.

This claim is — again — contradicted by what Anthony Hauser had told the judge. So this “spokesman’s” claims cannot be accepted at face value.

In addition to being dodgy and lying to people, the family still appears to be in denial about the nature of Daniel’s illness, as CNN goes on to report:

But Zwakman told CNN’s “American Morning” program Thursday that he knows five people who have been cured with natural healing.

“Yes, it’s happened many times,” he said.

So Zwackman and the Hausers “know” chemotherapy won’t work because they know of cases where alternatives have. I guess they never heard of the placebo effect, and have verified that in all of these cases the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma had been correct in the first place. Hmm. Why do I doubt both of these? The rationalizing and justification for killing their kid are elucidated at the end of the CNN report:

Mankato, Minnesota, lawyer Calvin P. Johnson, who identified himself as the Hauser family’s attorney, has declined interviews but issued a statement “by way of clarification and hopefully to aid your understanding of the procedural nuances in the Danny Hauser case.”

The statement listed 12 points. Among them:

• The first and foremost important principle is: It is a violation of spiritual law to invade the consciousness of another without their consent.

• This is a case of Love vs. Power. Love gives. Power takes.

• The state does not have a right to take.

• A parent’s love and affection is a positive social right we all share.

• The court compelled Colleen Hauser to make a decision between three chemotherapy providers. Apparently, she didn’t like the list.

• The court was forcing her to decide.

• The decision for treatment cannot be forced.

• Anthony and Colleen Hauser share Danny’s viewpoint: They do not approve of chemotherapy. Under the circumstances of this case, chemotherapy constitutes assault and torture when given to a young man who believes that it will kill him.

Note that many of these “points” have absolutely no bearing on the validity and effectiveness of chemotherapy, so they are irrelevant “fluff.” And if chemotherapy constitutes “assault and torture,” what then would one call allowing a child to die, in order to avoid it? How is that any more moral? (Answer: It’s not.)

An additional note as clarification: The idea that the Hausers are following some kind of spiritual or religious mandate, is absurd on its face. As I blogged before, the “Nemenhah Band” is not a religion per se; it is, instead, a marketing gimmick cooked up in 2001 by a naturopath, Phillip “Cloudpiler” Landis, in order to sell naturopathic (i.e. useless) remedies. It claims to be a traditional native American religion, however, it has no native American members, and no other native American religious groups recognize it; and while it includes various Christian and especially Mormon ideas, other Mormons as well as the LDS Church also do not recognize it. It is, therefore, a non-religion, which the Hausers have used as a pretense for not treating their son’s cancer. All the talk about “spirituality” and “religious freedom” is, therefore, a lie. Plain and simple.

I also question why authorities in Minnesota are now saying that Anthony Hauser is “cooperating.” Clearly he was defiant — to the judge’s face even — so this is not a credible claim on their part. Either he’s done a unilateral turnaround on the matter — which again is contradicted by what the family’s spokesman and lawyer are saying — or he is not, in fact, cooperating at all. Clearly the authorities were taken by surprise and are now engaging in the well-worn practice of “covering their asses” to make it appear they know what’s happened, in spite of having let the Hausers pull the wool over their eyes.

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  • Janae Bird

    I can't understand why the "courts" have any control or say over which type of "medicine" we choose to use to cure ourselves of disease. It seems to go against every inalienable or constitutional right which protect our rights to do what we want with and to our own bodies. Yes, Daniel was a minor and under his parents jurisdiction which gave them the right to choose which healthcare system to choose for his cancer. How can their taking their son into Mexico to secure holistic healthcare practices like the Gerson therapy which has a long history of curing cancer without chemo or surgery be connotated as a felony charge? Have we lost our sense of freedom, liberty and justice for all in America? White Buffalo Woman

    • Allow me to explain why the authorities ought to be involved: Not all forms of "medicine" are "medicine," some of them are "fraud." Fraud of any kind … whether it's healthcare or anything else … is illegal, and the courts always should be involved. As for the Hauser family's "rights," in this case they were found to have lied to officials about Daniel's whereabouts on more than one occasion, as explained by CNN and as I noted in my post. They are, to put it bluntly, dodgy people doing dodgy things with their own son. The state always has an interest in such things … just as they'd have an interest if the Hausers had, instead, been — say — beating or neglecting him.

      No one in this country has the "freedom" to abuse his or her own child. Absolutely no one. To defend child abuse on the basis of permitting "freedom," is heinous beyond description.

      The cold fact is that "holistic medicine" is quackery and fraud. Taking a child to a "holistic" practitioner, rather than a bona fide doctor, for a serious medical condition, is child abuse. Period. End of story. Gerson therapy is not truly effective, either, even though you claim it is. Contrary to what you claim, it has NO history as an effective cancer treatment … or for anything else.

      I'm surprised you feel Daniel's life is so cheap that you would want him to die in the name of his parents' "freedom."