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(Fox News)   Remember that boy who fled chemotherapy due to his religious beliefs? He's now free of cancer. Thank God. Or modern medicine, in this case   (foxnews.com) divider line 245
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2009-11-08 04:52:20 PM
"Daniel gained national attention when he stopped treatment after one session in February and fled, citing his religious beliefs. After he returned, he underwent court-ordered chemo to treat Hodgkin's lymphoma, then started radiation therapy."

It's not like the fleeing helped all that much.. Though i'm sure that won't stop people from thinking that he cleared his cancer while he was on the lam..
 
2009-11-08 05:08:05 PM
They have a family spokesman? Where can I get one?
 
2009-11-08 05:09:00 PM
But his soul is damned now.
 
2009-11-08 05:09:14 PM
Yay, my first greenlight!
 
2009-11-08 05:10:29 PM
Science: 4,345,721,321
Religion: 0
 
2009-11-08 05:10:47 PM
What a perfect metaphor for the current health care debate. Note to Teabaggers: Liberty-denying socialist health care reform will still fix what ails ya. You're welcome.

/That should do it.
 
2009-11-08 05:11:12 PM
I don't think he did nothing what he done. C'mon, someones rolling back ball on him, something.
 
2009-11-08 05:11:33 PM
Thirteen seems too young to have solid religious beliefs, or at least your own. He's a kid, he was scared.

He probably has a bright future as a politician though.
 
2009-11-08 05:13:55 PM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Science: 4,345,721,321
Religion: 0


I'd give Religion a few points for the same reason I'd give placebos a few points.
 
2009-11-08 05:14:23 PM
The dead don't have cancer.
 
2009-11-08 05:14:36 PM
I doubt his religious beliefs really had anything to do with his not wanting chemotherapy, I imagine it was the chemotherapy itself that drove him away.

My mother had chemo... It isn't something I would wish on a child, that's for sure.
 
2009-11-08 05:15:07 PM
Sweet. So next time I break my arm or my dad needs prescription drugs for his high blood pressure, I'll skip the doctor and go pray at a church instead.

When my car breaks down, I don't need to take it to a mechanic. I'll just say a dozen hail marys and that will fix it.
 
2009-11-08 05:15:41 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

/not pleased
 
2009-11-08 05:15:43 PM
Rumpleforskin: I don't think he did nothing what he done. C'mon, someones rolling back ball on him, something.

WTF is this supposed to mean?
 
2009-11-08 05:16:30 PM
fracas: What a perfect metaphor for the current health care debate. Note to Teabaggers: Liberty-denying socialist health care reform will still fix what ails ya. You're welcome.

/That should do it.


2/10
Too obvious, too soon.
 
2009-11-08 05:17:19 PM
Goodfella: Sweet. So next time I break my arm or my dad needs prescription drugs for his high blood pressure, I'll skip the doctor and go pray at a church instead.

When my car breaks down, I don't need to take it to a mechanic. I'll just say a dozen hail marys and that will fix it.


Dozen? God takes at least two dozen just for the parts.
 
2009-11-08 05:17:55 PM
Im_Gumby: Rumpleforskin: I don't think he did nothing what he done. C'mon, someones rolling back ball on him, something.

WTF is this supposed to mean?


It was an actual quote from another story earlier this week.
 
2009-11-08 05:18:26 PM
mantabulous: They have a family spokesman? Where can I get one?

LA
 
2009-11-08 05:18:38 PM
Dammit! I prayed for this kid's cancer to grow and my prayers were denied. Where is my God now?
 
2009-11-08 05:19:46 PM
Is this the kid whose mother tried to take him from MN to Mexico via northern CA (or somewhere that doesn't make sense)?
 
2009-11-08 05:19:54 PM
When my car breaks down, I don't need to take it to a mechanic. I'll just say a dozen hail marys and that will fix it.

No, you need a Satanic Mechanic!
t0.gstatic.com
 
2009-11-08 05:19:58 PM
IKillBugs: Im_Gumby: Rumpleforskin: I don't think he did nothing what he done. C'mon, someones rolling back ball on him, something.

WTF is this supposed to mean?

It was an actual quote from another story earlier this week.


I thought that quote sounded familiar. What story was that?
 
2009-11-08 05:21:33 PM
OK I want to know who ended up footing the bill for the treatments? Was this a ploy to get the court to pay for the treatments?

If so, Well Played Sir!
 
2009-11-08 05:23:01 PM
Correlation does not equal causation. I'm sure they were praying the whole time too.
 
2009-11-08 05:24:17 PM
mark12A: When my car breaks down, I don't need to take it to a mechanic. I'll just say a dozen hail marys and that will fix it.

No, you need a Satanic Mechanic!


Satanic Mechanics are so good they'll even thrill, chill, and fulfill your gas tank every time you get a repair!
 
2009-11-08 05:25:30 PM
mantabulous: They have a family spokesman? Where can I get one?

I'll do it. How much does it pay?
 
2009-11-08 05:25:46 PM
Why is it so hard to reconcile science and religion? If god's in charge, god gave us medicine and the technology to sustain life. If not, natural innovation did.
 
2009-11-08 05:26:29 PM
Courts > God.
 
2009-11-08 05:26:39 PM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Science: 4,345,721,321
Religion: 0


God would have healed him. You just weren't praying hard enough.
 
2009-11-08 05:27:18 PM
King Arthur Fonzarelli: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Science: 4,345,721,321
Religion: 0

I'd give Religion a few points for the same reason I'd give placebos a few points.


Might want to give Religion a bit for the whole holding together human civilization for a long enough time period for us to actually get science going in the first place.
 
2009-11-08 05:29:02 PM
Winterstar: Courts > God.

Somaticasual: Why is it so hard to reconcile science and religion? If god's in charge, god gave us medicine and the technology to sustain life. If not, natural innovation did.

If I were God, I'd be pretty pissed if I gave someone the capability to survive and improve humanity and they shunned it and expected me to do it for them.
 
2009-11-08 05:29:15 PM
MemeSlave: fracas: What a perfect metaphor for the current health care debate. Note to Teabaggers: Liberty-denying socialist health care reform will still fix what ails ya. You're welcome.

/That should do it.

2/10
Too obvious, too soon.


If fracas is a troll, what he's written is indistinguishable from the contributions of about 80% of Fark liberals to any political thread, or even non- political threads like this one.
 
2009-11-08 05:29:30 PM
TheWizard: Might want to give Religion a bit for the whole holding together human civilization for a long enough time period for us to actually get science going in the first place.

Possibly. But I guess we'll never know what the alternative was, will we?
 
2009-11-08 05:30:07 PM
TheWizard: King Arthur Fonzarelli: Prank Call of Cthulhu: Science: 4,345,721,321
Religion: 0

I'd give Religion a few points for the same reason I'd give placebos a few points.

Might want to give Religion a bit for the whole holding together human civilization for a long enough time period for us to actually get science going in the first place.



[citation needed]
 
2009-11-08 05:30:20 PM
Prank Call of Cthulhu: Science: 4,345,721,321
Religion: 0


Amen!
 
2009-11-08 05:31:44 PM
TheWizard: Might want to give Religion a bit

Even if true, that's more a damning statement about humanity than it is a positive statement about religion.
 
2009-11-08 05:32:28 PM
God-is-a-Taco: Thirteen seems too young to have solid religious beliefs, or at least your own. He's a kid, he was scared.

He probably has a bright future as a politician though.


I think 13 is the perfect age...

l.yimg.com
 
2009-11-08 05:32:38 PM
samardzic77: IKillBugs: Im_Gumby: Rumpleforskin: I don't think he did nothing what he done. C'mon, someones rolling back ball on him, something.

WTF is this supposed to mean?

It was an actual quote from another story earlier this week.

I thought that quote sounded familiar. What story was that?


The one about the methlab found at an in-home daycare.
 
2009-11-08 05:32:39 PM
Maybe they gave him the mark of the beast while they were at it. Make sure his soul is good and damned.

Could all the small children exit through the left door please.
 
2009-11-08 05:32:48 PM
wait, he was court ordered to receive chemo?
 
2009-11-08 05:33:46 PM
sneaky jesus: wait, he was court ordered to receive chemo?

No, his parents were ordered by the court to provide it. It's funny, but according to the law, you have to care for your child. This includes providing food, shelter, and medical care.
 
2009-11-08 05:34:07 PM
It took a court order to get him to take cancer treatments? You can get charged for not taking treatment? Seems kinda wrong in a free society.
 
2009-11-08 05:34:26 PM
FlameDuck: Dozen? God takes at least two dozen just for the parts.

You're going to the wrong God, then.
 
2009-11-08 05:35:26 PM
Is this going to be an anti-religion thread, an anti-chemo/Suzanne Somers thread, or a pie thread? I need to get my notes ready.

/I keed. I'm glad the kid's ok.
 
2009-11-08 05:35:32 PM
mantabulous: They have a family spokesman? Where can I get one?

I'll do it.


As the spokesman for the Mantabulous family I would like to stress that there have been NO, that is ZERO, incidents of chicken rape in the Mantabulous family within the past year.

The media should leave this family alone, they are just normal private people trying to live their lives, and there is no longer any chicken or dolphin rape occurring within their compound. Leave this family alone.
 
2009-11-08 05:35:50 PM
mark12A: When my car breaks down, I don't need to take it to a mechanic. I'll just say a dozen hail marys and that will fix it.

No, you need a Satanic Mechanic!


Thanks! Welcome to my favorites list!
 
2009-11-08 05:35:59 PM
SeamusFerrell: Is this the kid whose mother tried to take him from MN to Mexico via northern CA (or somewhere that doesn't make sense)?

Yes. They seemed to be afraid of the chemotherapy more than anything, Mom had a relative that she saw suffer through it earlier.

So the "religious belief" turned out to be some complete woo and scam, where the kid (via his parents) paid money to be a "shaman" in some supposedly Native tradition. This case had a little bit for everyone...

Here's a May post from Respectful Insolence blog (link pops) with links to more details.

Good news that he's recovered, absolutely.
 
2009-11-08 05:36:28 PM
t3knomanser: sneaky jesus: wait, he was court ordered to receive chemo?

No, his parents were ordered by the court to provide it. It's funny, but according to the law, you have to care for your child. This includes providing food, shelter, and medical care.


thanks for the clarification. -1 for missing the point.
 
2009-11-08 05:36:44 PM
Tr0mBoNe: You can get charged for not taking treatment?

No, but you can get charged for not providing medical care for your child. It was the parents who were facing charges for neglect.
 
2009-11-08 05:36:58 PM
TheWizard
Might want to give Religion a bit for the whole holding together human civilization for a long enough time period for us to actually get science going in the first place.

Yes. The "religion, source of all evils" backlash tends to ignore the positive social benefits of the Christian church especially around c.600 to c.1100. For all the nostalgic reminiscing about the "honest pagans" and cynical observations about conversion by sword, the fact is that it was the monks who were the most progressive element of European society in that period - whether it be as regards education, slavery, medicine (crude as it was) or law.
 
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