GOVERNOR’S TASK FORCE ON CHILDREN AT RISK

Idaho Child Fatality Review Team report for 2012 re religious exemptions published 4/2015 – See full report here
Task Force letter to Governor Otter re religious exemptions 7/1/2015

A TALE OF TWO STATES: OREGON & IDAHO

An edited podcast interview with Rita Swan, founder and president of Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD), on the two states’ conflicting approaches to child medical neglect. The full one-hour interview can be heard at deism.com.

NEWS & COMMENTARY

Canyon County Sheriff Donahue not about to be quiet about deaths of children in Followers of Christ sect Coeur d’Alene Press 5/24/2017
Idaho faith deaths continue, coroner and legislature prevent investigation Los Angeles Times 4/18/2017
Retired Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice endorses repeal of faith-healing exemptions IdahoPress.com 2/24/2017
Full page “Open Letter to the Legislators of Idaho” Idaho Statesman 2/20/2017
Canyon County Sheriff urging lawmakers to make change to faith healing laws in Idaho KIVItv.com 2/3/2017
Idaho’s religious shield law and tragic child deaths Sandpoint Reader 11/17/2016
Idaho city government holds forum on deaths in anti-medical sects Moscow Human Rights Commission 10/25/2016
Trust God but tie up your camel Post Register 8/14/2016
Religious freedom or medical neglect? Idaho lawmakers take up faith-healing exemption Idaho Statesman 7/29/2016
Letting them die: parents refuse medical help for children in the name of Christ TheGuardian.com 4/13/2016
Child deaths in Idaho bring urgency to debate over faith healers MagicValley.com 1/22/2016
Faith-healer parents who let their children die should go to jailNewrepublic.com 3/2/2015
Intent behind Idaho parental rights bill questionedIdahopress.com 3/1/2015
GOP lawmaker: It’s OK for children to die in the name of GodSalon.com 2/25/2015
How to Craft a Religious Exemption Regime Guaranteed to Be Dangerous for Children: The Case of IdahoJustia.com 2/19/2015
Idaho’s faith-healing debate pits child welfare against parental rights 2/22/2015
“Faith over Medicine”, a CNN video report on child faith-deaths among the Idaho Followers of Christ 1/19/2015
Oregon Church of the Firstborn parents get 10-year sentences in the death of their 12-year-old daughter KOIN.com 12/17/2014
Why does God kill so many children in Idaho?Vocative.com 11/17/2014 
Bill introduced to modify faith-healing exemption in Idaho’s injury-to-a-child crime lawsMagicValley.com 2/7/2014
Idaho legislator champions bill to curb faith-deaths of childrenIdahoPress.com 1/16/2014
Followers of Christ in Idaho: At least ten more child deaths uncovered KATU.com 11/7/2013
    (See also Part 2 of the investigation.
Two Idaho children die in faith-healing sect; religious exemption prevents prosecutionKATU.com 11/15/2011

USEFUL WEB SITES

Children’s Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD)
Child-Friendly Faith Project/Project Idaho
Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood

RECOMMENDED READING

In the Name of God by Cameron Stauth. St. Martin’s Press, New York, 2013
Bad Faith by Paul Offit. Basic Books, New York, 2015.
The Child Cases: How America’s Religious Exemption Laws Harm Children by Alan Rogers. Amherst & Boston: University of Massachusetts Press, 2014.
“Faith-Healing Deaths,” a series in the Oregonian, 1998-2009.
God vs. the Gavel: The Perils of Extreme Religious Liberty, 2nd edition by Marci Hamilton. Cambridge University Press, 2014