According to this article, “The girl's parents…were unaware their daughter's recent illness was caused by diabetic ketoacidosis…Although the family has no ties to a specific church or religion…they prayed for her and then attributed her death to them apparently not having enough faith.”
Though I rarely agree with extremism in the name of a higher power, I can respect misguided actions on behalf of [insert deity here]. I mean, when you’ve drunk enough of the Kool-Aid, some form of exploit would seem to be a logical next step. You’ve made your bed, now use it to bludgeon people who disagree with your faith. (Aphorism abuse alert!) (Also, alliteration alert!) (Wow, I can’t stop.)
My biggest problem with the entire story is that it makes any relation of faith to health look bad to the general public. Phrases like “the power of prayer” are already dubiously regarded by most people, and events like this don’t help.
So, if I may appeal directly to the 0.0069% of my readership that consists of parents: Please supplement your actions of faith (whatever they may entail—prayers, donations, goat sacrifices, what have you) with a little medicine. If you’re unsure where the balance lies, check to see whether your child is dying. If so, it may be time to contact an official whose degree is from an institution with “medical” in the name. Just a thought.