Look at that photo.
The baby in the photo is 8-month-old Alayna May Wyland. The lump above her eye is a mass of blood vessels that has grown so large, it’s likely to cause blindness.
Her parents knew about this for quite a while. Rather than taking their daughter to a trained medical professional, they decided that whispering wishes to an imaginary friend with superpowers would be much more efficacious.
Now a court will decide whether they should go to prison for criminal mistreatment.
Medical experts describe the eye problem as a hemangioma, a fast-growing mass of blood vessels. Normally the condition could be diagnosed and easily treated at the first signs of swelling or discoloration. Left untreated, the mass pushed Alayna’s eye down and out, placing profound pressure on her eyeball and eye socket, as The Oregonian’s Steve Mayes reported.
It’s not clear whether Alayna will go blind in that eye or somehow recover. The only certain thing is that the Wylands deliberately withheld medical care, and admitted in court to doing so, from a baby whose injury was painfully obvious.
Thankfully, Alayna isn’t dead, and there’s no word yet on whether or not the mass has caused any serious damage. But the sad truth is, some kids aren’t so lucky.
For every story I hear from Christians about how their god magically healed a dying or disabled person (with no visible symptoms, as fate would have it), I’ve read stories about parents who withhold medical care from their children and opt for prayer, only to have nature tragically take its course and kill their child.
One has to wonder, if God is “powerful” enough to help an old woman walk without her walker or cure an ex-drug-addict of his withdrawl symptoms (seriously… these are actual “miracle claims” I’ve heard from believers), why would he withhold his healing powers from an innocent infant? Would he rather the child go blind than perform an unambiguous miracle?
Most Christians, rather than trusting the “power of God” to heal all their wounds, use the slick method of seeking medical attention and praying for healing. That way, when a century of medical advancement does what it’s intended to do, they can still give credit to whichever invisible friend they prayed to by claiming that God “used the doctors to carry out his plan.” (Never mind the fact that in the bible, miracle faith-healings happened all the time, completely unaided by medical professionals. Who am I kidding… there were no medical professionals. And also, never mind the fact that getting help from science would be “leaning on one’s own understanding,” rather than having pure faith. Hey… if they were consistent, they wouldn’t be Christians.)
On the other hand, if someone like me goes to a doctor and gets cured by medical science, it’s either because someone else prayed for me or because God has some kind of plan for me and needs me healthy.
The logic kinda works like this.
With believers making these kinds of excuses for him, how can God possibly lose?
Believers need to come to terms with the fact that these “miraculous faith-healings” they’re so fond of touting as proof for the supernatural are nothing but clear-cut cases of confirmation bias. Plain and simple.
Sadly, it’s the children that suffer the most when idiot parents prefer fairy tales to science. These parents deserve to be imprisoned for endangering their child like that, and let’s hope it serves as an example for the rest of the nuts out there.
People often ask me, why are you so critical of religion? What harm does it really do?
Well, now you have an answer.