Baby Dies After Parents Trade Hospital For Church After Crash

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A couple in Russia face jail after their religious zeal compelled them to drive their child, injured in a car crash, to church for an urgent baptism rather than to hospital.

The two-month-old infant was dead by the time it was delivered into the hands of the priest, Fontanka.ru news website said Sunday.

The boy sustained a brain injury in a minor crash in St. Petersburg on Saturday despite being in a child safety seat, the report said.

The worried parents sped him up to the church because “otherwise he would be denied the Kingdom of Heaven,” investigators cited them as saying, Fontanka.ru reported.

Written By: RIA Novosti
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12 COMMENTS

  1. The worried parents sped him up to the church because “otherwise he would be denied the Kingdom of Heaven,” investigators cited them as saying,

    That’s what you call “priorities” in “faith-thinking”!

  2. If their god is real and their son is now with him, surely he/she/it can break faithful mum and dad out of their human prison cell as a reward for having the presence of mind to ‘save’ their son’s soul…

    If not, not only does their god not exist, but they murdered their son for nothing and they deserve to rot in jail for the rest of their evil lives…

    Sorry if that sounds a bit harsh, had a bad day at work today and things like this REALLY wind me up when I’m feeling down already…

  3. How utterly heart breaking and disturbingly misguided. These parents, if they ever loose their faith, will surely be racked with unbearable guilt. What religion could contemplate the disgusting notion, that a two month old baby’s innocent soul should be condemned to eternal hell and damnation because he had not yet been baptised. I would love to hear the Pope’s suggestions on this one!

  4. There have been several of these cases in USA the last few years. Still, however horrible this is and how much I wish these parents would know better I really can’t blame them. This is what you get when you live in a society where the majority believes in bronze age fairy tales. On the contrary I’m quite baffled by the hypocrisy many of these believers express. There are countless examples of how angry and furious religious believers get when non-believers point out how silly their beliefs are. For example, the fact that praying is not going to help anyone. We are called ignorant bigots who will burn in hell for eternity. Still, when Christians actually act upon these very same beliefs and, just like Jesus says in the bible, surrender their lives to God (in this case the life of their children as well) all we get from Christians are excuses how these people were not real Christians.

    Yes, of course I think it’s good that most Christians bring their children to a hospital when they are sick. That goes without saying. Still, I get frustrated with the utter hypocrisy that these same Christians are expressing. They express these absurd beliefs but refuse to take any responsibility when some people actually take these beliefs seriously. I mean, this is so irresponsible. They sing in church about how God is almighty and that all we need to do is surrender to him and everything will be fine! This message is imprinted in the mind of Christians from day one. Is it all that surprising that some people will actually take this seriously enough to believe that praying is better than actual health care? I don’t think it is, and every time I meet a Christian who holds (at least pretends to hold) similar beliefs I will hold that person responsible for the death of these innocent children. It’s disgusting!

  5. In my country nurses and physicians are allowed to baptize patients if the relatives want to. I’m currently working as a nurse and it would be very absurd if I was asked to baptize someone :D

    • In reply to #11 by Nunbeliever:

      In my country nurses and physicians are allowed to baptize patients if the relatives want to. I’m currently working as a nurse and it would be very absurd if I was asked to baptize someone :D

      in which case, might it not be proper to ask another hospital employ who does believe to baptize. For that matter, if I remember what I was taught as a Catholic, parents or anyone else available are allowed to perform an emergency baptism.

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