Tuesday again. Time for Jesus to take another young life. Only this was over a quarter of a century ago. Amazing how little changes:
PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) —
In the early months of 1991, the nation was preoccupied with the Persian Gulf War, as the United States chased Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein from his dream of annexing Kuwait.
In Philadelphia, health and school officials were locked in battle too – against a major measles outbreak, and the deep religious convictions which fueled the spread of the virus.
Nine children would die, six of them associated with two fundamentalist churches which preach a reliance on prayer, not medical care, to cure disease.
Five of those children would die in 10 days.
This post honors the sacrifice little Jamie Jones made in the cause of what some claim to be religious freedom, actually a license to kill. He is only one of several, and his death spurred his grandmother to push the Pennsylvania legislature to clamp down on religious exemptions. Little progress has been made since. The stupid is strong here.