by David Mendez
Eventually, people will stop falling for this, right?
From the BBC:
Seven groups said there were instances of people being told by faith leaders they had been "healed" through prayer - and then pressured to stop taking antiretroviral medication, according to the charity African Health Policy Network (AHPN).
A Department of Health spokesman said: "Prayer is not a substitute for HIV treatment and we would be very concerned if people are not taking their medication on the advice of faith leaders."
AHPN said the cases reported to it by community groups showed:
- Most respondents were aware of more than one case of faith healing claims and pressure to stop taking medication. One member was aware of five cases
- Many followers believed the testimony of pastors who claimed they could heal them
- The majority of cases reported involved Evangelical or Pentecostal Christian pastors
- In some cases treatment has been restarted, in others the health and mental health of clients has declined.
I understand having faith, and I understand the concept that "doctors treat; God heals" addressed later in the article by one of the groups accused of pressuring people to stop taking meds. But this? This just leads to tragedies.