FROM: Terry Lynch@aol.com; POB 241035; Montgomery, AL 36124-1035
Phone: (334) 272-4217 voice, 270-0926 fax
DATE: Feb. 24, 1998
TO: Letter to the Editor WORD COUNT: 250
REF: Using Newspaper To Teach Faith Healing Dangerous
Regarding the Montgoemry Advertiser Feb. 24th 2,000 year old report, "A Dying Girl,
Sick Woman," there is no scientific evidence to support a belief
or practice in faith healing. In fact such practices in modern
times can result in people dying instead of getting medical
treatment which may cure their sickness or relieve their symptoms
and improve the quality of their lives.
I am amazed that fundamentalist harp about their being no
scientific proof of evolution, yet accept without question
Biblical stories about faith healers and miracle workers. In
fact, there is much to suggest that the latter behavior is the
result of charlatans and con men.
Many diseases, such a hemophilia or bleeding which will not stop,
have scientific explanations and proven therapies. Two thousand
years ago the cause of hemophilia was not known. Yet today we
know these people lack a protein called anti-hemophilic globulin
or Factor VIII. We also know that hemophilia is a genetic
disease, passed from generation to generation by female
"carriers." According to the AMA Family Medial Guide, "about 1
male in 10,000 has hemophilia. In about 75 per cent of cases,
there is a family history of the disease, but in the remaining
cases, the hemophiliac is the first of his line, probably because
of a mutation, or spontaneous change in the genes of his mother."
Teaching faith healing will not stop the bleeding of a
hemophiliac but infusing a concentrated form of Factor VIII into
a vein can usually control bleeding.
This is but one example of how modern science and medicine have
laid to rest superstitions of the past. Why do people continue
to believe in this type of faith healers and miracle workers?
Could it be media endorsed and promoted ignorance?
If the ADVERTISER is going to reprint Bible stories which could
result in people being hurt or coned by modern day faith healers
or by their failure to seek medical attention, then the
ADVERTISER should devote an equal amount of space to informative
articles on science and medicine. Otherwise the ADVERTISER will
contribute to the public ignorance and so be partially liable for
any hurt or harm which results. For example if someone with
Hogkins lymphoma seeks out a faith healer instead of radiation or
chemotherapy, death instead of cure may result. Bible stories
are fine entertainment but ineffective medical care. The
ADVERTISER does a disservice to the community promoting faith
healing. What we really need is an newspaper which will help
inform and educate the public and support programs to provide the
best health care money can buy for all our citizens!