Saturday, 1 December 2007

Religion Better Than Science: Religious Child Refuses Treatment, Dies From Leukemia

As part and parcel of the theme of this website, I have often been railed at for utterly dismantling ridiculous dogma in the face of a rapidly civilized and modernized world. While readers may have differing perceptions, I reckon that my anger against religious bigotry, ignorance and all manner of social ills pertaining to religion is very much justified.

Sometimes, the juxtaposition of modern day thinking and Bronze Age beliefs are so irreconcilable that, if one was to be perfectly frank, he or she will surmise that religion no longer contributes positively to our increasingly secular civilization.

Most of us, including religious folks, will not waste a single sec to visit the doctor first when they fall sick: Reverends and priests must make way and stand aside for medical professionals who have the expertise and knowledge to dispense medication to help the patient recover from his or her ailment. A perfectly logical move too: Gone are the days when patients will seek the help of priests to cure their diseases, whence the priests will prescribe exorcism, blood letting or even the killing of the perfidious Jew as a remedy for their ailments. 21st century Science is, after all, far superior than 13th century hocus pocus.

What happens, then, when ancient dogma clashes with modern day Science? Or in this case, a patient rejecting medical treatment in deference to an irrelevant religious dogma? The result: Unnecessary death caused by abject ignorance.

Boy dies of leukemia after refusing treatment for religious reasons
Thursday, November 29, 2007

The Life-Saving Transfusion of Blood: It Might Have Saved 14 yr-old Dennis. Sadly, he Got Brainwashed by His Aunt.

Because of his faith, Dennis Lindberg, 14, didn't want vital transfusions; his biological parents did. A judge sided with the son, who died last night.

His life began under trying circumstances. Now, at the age of 14, his life has ended the same way.

For Dennis Lindberg, most of his childhood depended on the kindness of strangers to help him survive. A few weeks ago, he made a decision that contributed to his death Wednesday night.

The Mount Vernon teenager was diagnosed with leukemia Nov. 8 and since then had been confined to Seattle's Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center.

Doctors said he needed blood transfusions to survive potentially lifesaving cancer treatments. But as a practicing Jehovah's Witness, Lindberg refused. Despite his age, he had been declared what is known as a "mature minor," meaning he was considered mature enough to make decisions about his treatment.

Jehovah's Witnesses believe accepting a blood transfusion violates God's law.

His aunt, Dianna Mincin, became his legal guardian four years ago after his father, now a recovering addict, was jailed for drug possession.

Mincin is also a Jehovah's Witness, and supported Dennis' decision.

The boy's biological parents did not.

Dennis Lindberg Sr. -- Mincin's brother -- and Rachel Wherry flew to Seattle from their home in Boise on Tuesday to attend a 9 a.m. hearing, hoping a judge could force the transfusions.

Wednesday morning, after hearing from the parents, the aunt, social workers and the boy's doctor, Skagit County Superior Court Judge John Meyer denied the plea. About 9 p.m., Lindberg Sr. called the Seattle P-I to say his son had died in his hospital bed.

With the transfusions and other treatment, Lindberg had been given a 70 percent chance of surviving the next five years, Meyer said in court, based on what the boy's doctors told him. Without them, he was likely to die. But his decision in what the judge called a "stunning case, which brings into play issues including, but not confined to, religious freedoms," was based strictly on facts.

Religious Dogma vs Medical Treatment

A couple of issues went through my mind, as I was reading and contemplating the loss of what I feel is a potentially savable life.

First of all, the term "mature minor" is legal jargon that doesn't register in my brain: If you are not an adult, then obviously you are a minor. But.........a mature minor? That sounds really ambiguous indeed. At what age is a minor deemed "mature"? A square circle may come in handy here.

At the tender age of 14, surely the parents ought to have custody over the boy's treatment, and in my opinion, the parents and the State ought to dispense medical treatment to the minor: With a 70% chance of surviving the next five years, I find it quite surreal that the judge had the audacity to agree on the side of the patient. The law, it seems, protects the lives of minors, right up to and stopping at the point where religion steps in to over-write all that is secular.

Origins of Anti-Transfusion Agenda

What makes it incredibly galling for me is the amount of influence the aunt exerts on the cancer-stricken boy: Apparently, Aunt Mincin is one of those incredibly brainless folks, otherwise known as the Jehovah's Witnesses, who will refuse blood transfusions even in the most dramatic of emergencies, citing "religious sentiments" as the critical reason. More often than not, the sordid act of refusing blood transfusions translates to death, & yet, these JW assholes are not the least perturbed. The reason, it seems, can be found in the most unholy of nonsenses: The Holy Babble.

Apparently, the JW's taboo on blood is based on the Kosher Law of the OT, which prohibits the consumption of blood:

"It seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us not to burden you with anything beyond the following requirements:
You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality." Acts 15:28-29

"For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one's life. 12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, "None of you may eat blood, nor may an alien living among you eat blood."" Leviticus 17:11-12

Poorly Written Bible: Opened to All Kinds of Interpretations

It is incredibly obvious to even the dumbest Christian that blood transfusion has nothing to do with drinking or consuming blood: After all, the early bible scribes couldn't possibly have know anything about blood transfusions (hence their low opinion of the fluid). But being staunch fundamentalists of the lunatic sort, the JW has found it prudent to impose a no-blood transfusion ban upon its flock, which in essence translates to a premeditated death sentence to those pious enough to buy into this nonsensically murderous bullshit.

The modern day atheist will argue that such religious stupidity would have been avoided if people would stop reading the babble: An utterly disjointed set of scriptures clobbered together by murderous popes and bishops & unscrupulously amended wholesale by generations of propaganda-driven translators, the holy babble is so poorly written that any moron worth his salt can interpret the babble in whichever way he or she chooses. One can, of course, blame the reader, but why blame the reader when the book lends itself to all kinds of frivolous interpretations?

Religious Taboos Against Science: Only The Masses Suffer

From spreading lies about the porous condoms, to the Religious Rights' opposition of cervical cancer vaccines as agents of promiscuity, Religion has often imposed itself upon medical advances with often archaic, morally slanted excuses. It is time for people, especially professional people from the medical and legal fields, to stop bending backwards and yield to religious bias at the expense of losing unnecessary lives.

After all, if respecting a religion means killing a human life indirectly, I'd rather kick religion in the ass and shove a butt plug up the ass of a bible-spewing priest. & if I ever have the chance to meet this fundamentalist aunt of the dead boy, I will spare no effort to remind her that the blood of the boy is on her hands. I hope she sleeps well at night, no doubt comforted by the delusion that she had sent the "soul" of the boy straight into the awaiting arms of Gawd.

-"A long acquaintance with the literature of the Witnesses leads one to the conclusion that they live in the intellectual twilight zone. ... Whenever their literature strays onto the fields of philosophy, academic theology, science or any severe mental discipline, their ideas at best mirror popular misconceptions; at worst they are completely nonsensical."

-Alan Rogerson


handmaiden said...

It's ironic that with out the label of religion a lot of these bizarre beliefs & behavior would be considered some form of mental illness.

handmaiden said...

Form the article I thought this was a confusing & ambiguous statement from the Judge "I don't think Dennis is trying to commit suicide. This isn't something Dennis just came upon, and he believes with the transfusion he would be unclean and unworthy." Did he mean that some cases making a decision to end your life wasn't suicide or that Dennis wasn't actually trying to commit suicide in some conventional sense?
Personally, I think the poor kid got the bad end of the stick from the beginning. Making a decision not to live in this world at 14 years old, has to do with more then religious conviction. When the kid was placed with his Aunt he was ripe for the religious brainwashing that Jehovah's Witnesses & other religious wackos are so good at inflicting on helpless Children. Those of us who have lived with & been influenced by the fanatically religious as children understand this.
To convince a child that with a blood transfusion he would be unclean and unworthy, is disgusting & insane. What is equally disgusting is that the sect will make him a hero as an example to other poor brainwashed children.

When Jehovah's Witnesses show up at my door I'd like to tell them what I think but, they always shove some poor kid in front of them, so I just smile at the kid & tell the grownups I'm not interested, because I know they call any negitive response "persecution" & use it to justify some bizzare idea of martyrdom. The more I think about it, the more it pisses me off. I'd like to see the aunt suffer(maybe beaten with a whip) but she'd prob. enjoy it.

BEAST said...

I prefer the butt plug. Cures anal retentiveness, and maybe, just maybe, these christian morons can get such an orgasmic high that they will leave the kids alone.


Interested said...

What I have never understood is how an adult can, in good conscience, teach this bizzare
s--t to kids. Poor kids...they don't have a chance in a Christian world.

Anonymous said...

Misinterpreting the Old Testament prohibition against eating animal blood as a routine food item, in 1945, the WatchTower Society began teaching that receiving a blood transfusion was "eating human blood". Jehovah's Witnesses believe that receiving an infusion of human blood into their body's circulatory system is scientifically the exact same thing as eating or ingesting blood into their body's digestive system:

"A patient in the hospital maybe fed through the mouth, through the nose, or through the veins. When sugar solutions are given intravenously it is called intravenous feeding. So the hospital's own terminology recognizes as feeding the process of putting nutrition into one's system via the veins. Hence the attendant administering the transfusion is feeding the patient through the veins, and the patient receiving it is eating through his veins." -- The WATCHTOWER magazine, July 1, 1951.

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to acknowledge that when human blood is transfused into their body's circulatory system that the transfused human blood remains to be human blood and continues to function as human blood. Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to acknowledge that if blood is eaten, then the ingested blood enters the body's digestive system, where the blood would be treated by the body exactly the same as it would treat a hotdog, a potato chip, or any other food item. Ingested blood would be completely digested and broken down into proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and waste; which are then either assimilated or excreted by the body.

The WatchTower Society uses scriptures which speak about the blood of slaughtered animals to teach Jehovah's Witnesses that blood is "sacred" because blood is the "symbol of life". Then, the WatchTower Society turns around and requires Jehovah's Witnesses to sacrifice their own "life" to maintain the alleged "sacredness" of a "symbol" of the very thing they are sacrificing -- their life. Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to acknowledge that the WatchTower doctrine on blood moronically places a higher value on the SYMBOL than it does on the THING SYMBOLIZED

In fact, the Old Testament scriptures permitted the eating of unbled animal meat, which the Bible treats exactly the same as eating animal blood itself. In isolated occasions, when humans needed to eat unbled meat in order to sustain their own human life, the Mosaic Law permitted such, but then required the eaters to fulfill the requirements of being "unclean" for a few days. Thus, the Bible recognized that the sustaining of human life was more "sacred" than maintaining the sacredness of animal blood. To do otherwise would be doing exactly what the moronic WatchTower Society does. It would make the SYMBOL more SACRED than the THING SYMBOLIZED.

In fact, the WatchTower Society is leading Jehovah's Witnesses to disobey GOD and violate the Holy Scriptures in one of the most serious ways possible. Because humans were created in GOD's image, GOD considers human life sacred. A Jehovah's Witness who sacrifices their SACRED LIFE in order to maintain the sacredness of a SYMBOL of that SACRED LIFE varies little from those who profane life by committing suicide. Those Jehovah's Witness Elders who teach and police this moronic doctrine vary little from common accessories to murder. The Bible is fairly clear in how GOD views murder, and how He deals with Murderers.

This moronic twisting of scripture would be laughable if not for the fact that it has lead to the pointless deaths of numerous Jehovah's Witnesses in the past, and it will continue to lead to the pointless deaths of many more Jehovah's Witnesses in the future.

The following website summarizes over 315 U.S. court cases and lawsuits affecting children of Jehovah's Witness Parents, including 200+ cases where the JW Parents refused to consent to life-saving blood transfusions for their dying children:


tina said...

It's just a sad story all around. Not living with his parents, an aunt raising him, a Jehovah's witness at that. Then on top of that, cancer. Sad. I just think it was a waste of human life in the name of religion.

BEAST said...


I have just the right cure for these JW morons, as well as other Christians: Throw the damn bible away!

Why, in the unholiest of treatises, do we refer to these archaic, irrelevant book as a decorum for moral guidance? I find it absolutely baffling that as 21st century people, we need to flip through the pages of the holy babble and derive some kind of moral codification to justify our lives. Why not refer to the Illiad for a moral quote? Or Kama Sutra?

This is just one instance why I am very angry and disrespectful towards religion. The wanton abuse and the unnecessary piety exhibited towards religion is disgusting.


Danny Haszard said...

This is probably what makes the Jehovah's witnesses religion so controversial in that they: PROMISE YOU YOUR REWARD IN THE HERE AND NOW.

Like holding out the proverbial carrot to the donkey the watchtower promises it's followers an impending new system paradise coming any minute you won't grow old you won't need to save for old age retirement.
The other religions have the good sense to promise you your reward AFTER YOU DIE and nobody has ever come back from the dead and sued for breach of promise.

When the watchtower is made to be held accountable for their false promises and defaults thay just go and disfellowship (kick out) those who dissent.Religions can get away with this any secular business that did this would get their leaders put in jail for fraud.The Watchtower religion has busted a million followers and there are lots of angry ex members who won't go quietly.

It's FRAUD for GOD

Danny Haszard

Pyramidhead said...

god failed again. Oh there a shocker.

Modusoperandi said...

It's not that God failed, really. It's that people keep expecting God to show up.

Pyramidhead said...

I know this and you know this. If you waiting for god to help you going to be waiting a long time for nothing to happen.

Modusoperandi said...

Yes, but as atheists (and occasionally deists), we aren't expecting it to intervene anyway.

Now, if you'll excuse me, it's pouring outside, my basement is flooding, and you-know-who for damned sure isn't going to help out.

Infidel753 said...

If someone refuses medical treatment for religious reasons, and dies as a consequence, isn't that a perfect example of natural selection in action?

It's ironic that with out the label of religion a lot of these bizarre beliefs & behavior would be considered some form of mental illness.

The German philosopher Max Stirner believed that religious belief is, not metaphorically but literally, a form of mental illness, and that the world is thus a vast lunatic asylum run by those who should be the inmates.

----- Infidel753