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Should Hospitals have the right to treat patients while ignoring their religious beliefs or general beliefs.

Lately, I have been reading a lot of stories of Hospitals treating very sick kids while ignoring their parents religious beliefs. Now the question I have to the TED community is do you think this is right? I believe that Hospitals should have the right to treat the sick while ignoring people's religious beliefs. Why you may ask? Because religion has not yet caught up to science. Why would anyone want to leave their life in the hands of religion which is not proven to save your life? Compared to medical treatments which are proven to give you a better chance of living. Now I am not here to offend anyone's views or beliefs I just wanted to get some feedback on this issue. My thinking is is that once my life is endangered religion is an afterthought. Thank you


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    Dec 10 2013: At times hopelessness & desperation make otherwise rational people vulnerable to ridiculous claims. If a cheap & easily available cancer cure were to be engineered- and at hand- let's say at any local pharmacy, there wouldn't be any cancer patients lining up at a evangelical crusades. Evangelicals faith healers are clearly taking advantage of people with chronic and terminal illnesses.
    You see religion is protected from criticism, for example it is acceptable -as a social norm in the western culture- to believe that Jesus could heal any physical disease. Now Folks will laugh at the idea of Amon-Ra or Odin performing the same miracles; What is interesting is that they are not any successful faith healers that claim to get their power from Thebes or Asgard. We in the 21st century should be able to connect the dots.

    "Science asks question that may or may not ever be answered, Religion provide answers that may never be questioned"- (side comment from notebook)

    Happy Holidays!

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