Our friend Linda Martin contacted us and asked for help in getting the word out about this seriously awful “religion”. She’s a former Followers of Christ who grew up near Boise. She left when she was a teenager, and lives in Oregon now.
She contacted KATU-TV when she realized more children were dying. She said she is related to many of them.
She keeps their obituaries in an album.
“Everybody hears about the Oregon City trials and the Oregon City churches,” she said. “What they don’t understand is the Idaho churches are more rigid, they are unbending, and they are more ruthless then the Oregon churches are.
“It happens one at a time, and the church is so good at covering up that most people don’t even know what’s going on next door to them.”
Have a look at the KATU video then continue below.
Linda has started a petition to enact the same legislature in Idaho that was made into law a couple of years ago in Oregon. The petition reads:
Idaho Governor Butch Otter..Idaho Senator Jim Risch…Idaho Senator Mike Crapo: Remove religious shield laws that prevent prosecution of child abuse due to medical neglect by faith healing parents.
Linda goes on to say in the petition:
Children born into the Followers of Christ church in Idaho are dying. Over 12 children have died in less than two years due to faith healing. A death rate of approx. 30% higher than the rest of the state. Their only medical care is prayer and anointing with olive oil. Their deaths can only be described as ritualistic sacrifices. The children are permitted to die as a way to show the congregation how strong the faith of the parent is.To seek medical help is perceived to show weakness and is therefore not tolerated.
Adults simply stand by and watch until the last breath is taken.
There are no attempts to resuscitate.
I am only one of many children who have suffered abuse and neglect at the hands of this church. I personally have attended over 100 funerals of these members, about one quarter of the dead are children. The picture of the baby on the petition is only one of the dead. He is the first of four children to be buried by my aunt and uncle. He was stillborn. His mother never received any type of prenatal care.
Every day that the religious shield laws remain in the law books means another child will die. Help me save the kids.
Watch this video interview with the county coroner as he tries to find the words to describe how he feels.