I didn't have the energy to find these links before, when I was talking about idiots who treat their kids with homeopathy and/or prayer, but I've since run across them.
Prayer does not cure diabetes, Part the First.
Prayer does not cure diabetes, Part the Second.
Herbs and ionized water probably aren't going to help with cancer.
Here's the proof.
If you read some of those links, you'll notice that in many cases the parents are being strung up on criminal charges, which I support entirely. The child's rights are being quashed by the religious/nutjob beliefs of the parents, who are voluntarily sending their spawn to an early grave. On the one hand, this does get rid of idiots from the gene pool (parents die and they killed their offspring already), but on the other hand, I really hate these people. My desire to see justice done outweighs my apathy towards the death of morons.
So again I ask: what drives people to such incredible acts of cognative dissonance? When your daughter is days from death's door, what moves you to email your friends and ask for "emergency prayers?" Because prayer worked so well until that point! A few emergency prayers will do the trick! ACK!
*storms out of the room*
As a brief aside, here's a great Discover magazine story about those moronic anti-vaccine activists and why, even after all their claims have been discredited, they still parade their cause.
ANGRY POSTSCRIPT: Look, just because your fringe, nutcase belief is not supported by science or, perhaps, the public in general, does not mean that there's a gigantic conspiracy going on to subdue said belief. Life is not the The X-Files. Here's how science works: If you don't have a falsifiable theory to support your claim, you MUST defer to the theory that DOES have the evidence, at least until you can present actual evidence to your claim. This is a principle I really want to hit the BAND members over the head with (among other groups). If you can't show me a basal crurotarian or archosaur who shares multiple non-convergent synapamorphies with birds that are not plesiomorphies, shut the fuck up and move on. Merely trying to poke holes in established theories is NOT science. You have to come up with a falsifiable alternative yourself, too. If all available evidence shows that vaccines do NOT cause autism, get the fuck over it and move on with your life. Why is it so difficult for people to accept falsifiability? ARGH!
*storms out of room again*