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Sep 16, 2011 17:27
Category: Religious News

Faith Healing Trial

     OREGON CITY, Ore. (AP) - For the fourth time in recent years,
members of an Oregon church that shuns medical care are on trial.
     The latest case involves a baby who was born prematurely with
underdeveloped lungs and a bacterial infection and who lived less
than nine hours.
     Prosecutors say Dale and Shannon Hickman didn't take their son
to the hospital even though he could barely breathe. Instead, they
anointed him with olive oil, a common practice among members of the
Followers of Christ church. The Hickmans are charged with
manslaughter.
     Their lawyers told the jury that prosecutors are persecuting the
Hickmans for their faith.
     In previous trials, five of six church members were convicted.