Freedom of religion is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual or community, in public or private, to manifest religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance; the concept is generally recognized also to include the freedom to change religion or not to follow any religion (1). The freedom of religion is obviously a human right, but it shouldn't be the most important into the human life, because in the past it would make many pain, and has taken millions of innocent lives, due to the negligence of fanatic religious people. One of that call "irresponsible" religious has been the Christian Science, It is practiced by members of the Church of Christ, Scientist, as well as some others who are nonmembers. They asserts that humanity and the universe as a whole are, in their true being, spiritual rather than material and that goodness and truth are real, whereas evil and error are illusory aspects of material existence. Christian Scientists believe that through prayer, knowing and understanding, all things would be possible for good through God. Namely a single and special case, when the religious principles has putting ahead of constitutional and human rights, could find the Amy's case. Amy was a little girl with blond hair and bubbly ways.Amy's parents are Christian Scientist, and unfortunately, they decided to try to heal the child with prayer rather than seek a doctor's, this situation ending with the Amy's dead. They had better make another choose, but didn't. Amy's parents were scheduled to go on trial, on charges of third-degree murder and felony child abuse. They have maintained that prosecutors wanted to violate their constitutional right of religious freedom, and, that treated their daughter with proven method of healing. The Christian Scientist said that they would was doing any different thing than the medical treatment used to do. The Medical Examiner concluded that medical treatment up just hours before her...
A THOUGHTFUL medical ethicist, Renee Fox, has referred to the law as one of society's ``ultimate moral grids,'' the forum where we wrestle as a people with our deepest moral concerns. Moral concern - on both sides - was at the heart of the recent trial of William and Christine Hermanson, Florida parents who lost a much-loved daughter and now face criminal penalties because, as Christian Scientists, they turned for help to their denomination's longstanding practice of Christian healing rather than to medical care.
We can't pretend to be impartial. The Hermansons are members of the church that publishes this newspaper. They are our brethren. It is painful to think of them being condemned and punished for their religious convictions - almost as painful as it was to learn of Amy Hermanson's unexpected death in 1986.
We do not question the earnestness or conscience of the jurors who, confronted by the tragedy of a child's death, rendered a verdict of guilty. Nor do we question the motives of the prosecutors, though their present demand for a prison sentence frankly seems gratuitous and cruel.
The verdict leaves basic moral questions unanswered, however.
Are the Hermansons guilty because they chose a mode of healing rooted in their deep sense of God's love, or because of the results of that choice in this situation?
If the former, are the many Christian Scientists who have made the same choice in equally...
...parents, William and Christine Hermanson were practicing their religion when they decided to have their daughter, Amy, treated by a Christian Science practitioner shortly before her death of complications from diabetes on Sept. 30, 1986.
It was the first case in the United States in 22 years in which Christian Scientists have been held criminally responsible for the death of a child after relying solely on prayer to cure an illness.
Assistant State Attorney Mack Futch said state guidelines called for the Hermansons to be sentenced to three to five years in prison. Defense attorneys said they would move for dismissal of the jury's verdict and ask for a new trial. The judge also has the option of dismissing the convictions on one or both of the charges. Couple Remains Free
Because the Hermanson case is the first of six similar current cases to go to trial, it has been closely watched by legal scholars, child advocacy organizations and religious groups. Defense attorneys in two of the cases, both in California, attended the trial here. Until they are sentenced, the Hermansons will remain free on their own recognizance, as they have been since their arrest in November 1986.
The Hermansons were quickly ushered out of the courtroom by their attorneys and could not be reached for comment. At the time of his daughter's death William Hermanson, who is 42 years old, was the vice president...
...The Hermanson´s case
The case of the Hermanson, whose seven year-old daughter died of diabetes because they decided she would not use medical treatment and instead they opted for Christian Scientists, is a controversial situation in which many people can take different sides. They were took to court and sentenced guilty. The judgment that they received in my opinion was unfair and the case should have been managed differently.
I do not practice a religion with that kinds of beliefs that involves medicine and faith, and for many people find it hard to understand that kind of determination and confidences to religion that would never do something that contradicts her beliefs, the Hermanson loved their daughter, also they had this belief, and with it, they did what they thought that could save her, maybe this Christian methods were not infallible, but neither is traditional medicine, both have their risks and people that choose one of these they will have to live with the consequences, but it doesn’t turn them into criminals.
It’s a tough case to judge when religion is in the way, judging parental care is no easy, is it possible, or furthermore, could it be sociably accepted that love for ‘God’ would at all time be bigger than anything else, but it does not mean that the parent’s love was not there. Around the world there are thousands of people taking tough decisions that involve their families lifes, risking or not a brother to a...
...The Hermanson´s case
Is a religion more important than God?, Is your family more important than a religion? We are religious people one of us is Christian and the other is Catholic even though we are different, for us God and family are equally important because for a reason God give us a family to respect it, to care about of it and to fight for it. Sometimes religions change God's words for their convenience.
After reading the article, we are totally agree with the initial verdict because some trials indicated that Amy’s parents were irresponsible with the child's health as they treated their daughter with an unconventional method of healing putting her life in risk until death, instead of had taken her to a doctor that in our opinion is the only one should make all medical decisions.
Amy could have been saved according to the autopsy. In addition we want to share an example that let us thinking about it; a friend of us had a five-year-old brother who was getting off a bus but the bus didn’t stop completely and the little boy fell down and hit his head with the pavement, the boy was taken to the hospital and few minutes later the doctor told the boy needed a blood transfusion but his mother whose religion is Jehovah witness didn’t let the boy receive the transfusion because she would have been expelled forever of that religion since blood transfusion is prohibited for them as a result two hours later the little boy died.