I’ve blogged several times already on the case of Madeline Kara Neumann, who died because her parents prayed instead of getting her medical treatment which would have saved her life. Her mother was convicted, and now, so has her father, as the AP reports:

A central Wisconsin man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.

Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in the March 23, 2008, death of his daughter, Madeline, from undiagnosed diabetes. Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn’t walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead, Madeline died on the floor of the family’s rural Weston home as people surrounded her and prayed.

Their excuse for letting their daughter die rather than get medical care? Using conventional medicine, the Neumanns believed, would amount to blasphemy:

Neumann, who once studied to be a Pentecostal minister, testified Thursday that he believed God would heal his daughter and he never expected her to die. God promises in the Bible to heal, he said.

“If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God,” Neumann testified. “I am not believing what he said he would do.”

Of course, delusional believers putting trivial matters like life and death before God’s instructions is an old story. It’s the cause of numerous religiously-inspired atrocities throughout history. Fortunately two juries in Wisconsin have finally chosen not to give this sort of thinking a “pass.”

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