WE previously visited the ghoulish tale of Dale & Leilani when we posted Damn You! Damn You All To Hell!
We reported that Leilani Neumann was convicted of second-degree reckless homicide for praying while her 11-year-old daughter slowly suffered and died. Expert testimony established that the dead girl’s condition was entirely treatable if only the parents had availed themselves of a visit to a doctor.
Today, it is with considerable satisfaction that we bring you some excerpts from Dad Who Prayed for Sick Girl Found Guilty in Her Death, which appears at the Fox News website. The bold font was added by us:
A central Wisconsin man accused of killing his 11-year-old daughter by praying instead of seeking medical care was found guilty Saturday of second-degree reckless homicide.
A proper result. Let’s read on:
Dale Neumann, 47, was convicted in the March 23, 2008, death of his daughter, Madeline, from undiagnosed diabetes. Prosecutors contended he should have rushed the girl to a hospital because she couldn’t walk, talk, eat or drink. Instead, Madeline died on the floor of the family’s rural Weston home as people surrounded her and prayed.
An example of family values? In some families, yes. We continue:
Neumann, who once studied to be a Pentecostal minister, testified Thursday that he believed God would heal his daughter and he never expected her to die. God promises in the Bible to heal, he said.
“If I go to the doctor, I am putting the doctor before God,” Neumann testified. “I am not believing what he said he would do.”
We can’t find it in the news articles we’ve scanned, but we have no doubt that Dale & Leilani are creationists. We recognize the mentality. [Addendum: Yes, it's almost certain that they're creationists. According to the Wikipedia entry on Pentecostalism: "Pentecostals generally adhere to the doctrine of biblical inerrancy, believing that the Bible has definitive authority in matters of faith, and adopt a literalist approach to its interpretation."]
Here’s more from the Fox article:
Assistant District Attorney LaMont Jacobson told jurors in closing arguments Friday that Neumann was “overwhelmed by pride” in his interpretation of the Bible and selfishly let Madeline die as a test of faith.
[Defense attorney Jay] Kronenwetter told the jury that Neumann sincerely believed praying would heal his daughter and he did nothing criminally wrong. “Dale Neumann was doing what he thought would work for his daughter,” Kronenwetter said. “He was administering faith healing. He thought it was working.”
That’s all we can handle of this. Click over to Fox and read the rest if you like. After that, contemplate what life was like back in the Dark Ages, when everyone thought like Dale & Leilani. Then ponder the purposes of the creationists who want to suppress reason, science, and freedom so they can bring back those Good Old Days.
We’re addressing this to the creationists in Seattle and elsewhere who spread the lie that Darwin is responsible for all the evil in the world. You know who you are. Here’s our message: That little girl didn’t die because of “Darwinism.” It was your teachings, your “theories” and your “science” that were the murder weapons. Have a nice day.
Update: See Freak Sentence for Dale & Leilani Neumann.