Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Should we fund spiritual health care?

The Christian Science is Church of Christ, Scientist has faith based healing centers located around the country staffed by “specially” trained non-medical nurses who care for the sick without the aid of modern medicine or doctors, which is to say they watch the suffering ala Mother Teresa but without the PR machine. It’s faith healing, or as I like to call it, faith based torture, and they want the US taxpayer to fund it.

For 60 years, Wide Horizon, which sits high on a Wheat Ridge hillside, has offered spiritual care and healing. The center serves seven states: Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Kansas, Wyoming and Nebraska.

The center practices Christian Science, a theology and healing system founded by Mary Baker Eddy in Boston in 1879.

The church is grounded in the Bible and in Eddy's primary textbook on Christian Science, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures."

"What Christ Jesus practiced and taught 2,000 years ago is still applicable. Those spiritual laws are eternal laws," said Wide Horizon executive director D. Brian Boettiger. "Mrs. Eddy was a pioneer leader who rediscovered those laws."

Read more: Christian Scientists push for health insurance that covers spiritual care

The Church of Christ, Scientist is serious. They want us to pay for their torture centers, untrained nurses, and prayer.

"If the government is going to take the extraordinary step of requiring Americans to buy health insurance, they should be responsive to the kinds of health care Americans are relying on," said Gary Jones, federal manager of the Christian Science Committee on Publication. "That should include skilled nonmedical nursing care and treatment through prayer."

Believe in what you want, but don’t expect me to or my ilk to fund your delusions.

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