Faith-Healing Couple Facing Criminal Charges

OREGON CITY, Ore. — A couple belonging to a Clackamas County faith-healing church is facing charges in the death of their baby.

Dale and Shannon Hickman were arraigned Monday on charges of second-degree manslaughter. Their trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 19 at the Clackamas County Courthouse.

The Hickmans are the third couple identified as members of the Followers of Christ Church to face criminal charges in the death of a child during the past two years. The church shuns professional medical help in favor of prayer and anointing the sick with oil.

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PZ Myers: Speaking Truth to Absurdity

I haven’t watched this yet, but I’m posting it anyway. I’ll watch it in bed tonight. I thought I would share.

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P.Z. Myers has been told many times that atheists are scary, and that they frighten moderate god-believers away from science … and that it would be better to mute the expression of their views on religion in order to promote science, rather than godlessness. However, that atheism is a product of an honest appreciation of the evidence, of the logic of science, and of the folly of magical and superstitious thinking.

The reason that atheists need to speak out even more loudly is that it is the only view that is true to the science, and that serves an even greater mission than science education: the encouragement of critical thinking in all matters in the populace. Besides, religion is just plain goofy.

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Thank goodness she married a good Christian boy …

During the speech portion of the wedding on Saturday night, the father of the bride, my cousin Scott, gave a surprisingly good speech. He complimented his daughter Morgan on how she was the most beautiful woman in the room, and that he’s proud of her.

Both Morgan’s parents are recovering alcoholics. They’ve been clean for years. But back in the day, there are stories to be told, or hid, or gossiped.

Scott said that, yes, Morgan went through a rough patch herself, but she’s come a long way.

Then Scott talked about the groom Doug. Doug started showing up to family functions a year or more ago calling Scott Mr. Witteveen and “sir”. Scott said he asked himself, “Who is this bozo?”

So there was Scott, delivering his speech. Getting laughs. Probably encouraging a couple tears, when he said through welled-up eyes and shaky voice, “Thank goodness my daughter found a good Christian boy … I love you both …” and then he hugged his daughter and son in law and everyone clapped.

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