April 5, 1995 |
The state appeals court on Tuesday overturned a $9.15-million award against the Christian Science Church for the death of a boy whose mother treated his diabetes with prayer. The Minnesota Court of Appeals' 2-1 decision said the Boston-based First Church of Christ, Scientist, does not have to pay $9 million in punitive damages or $150,000 in compensatory damages to 11-year-old Ian Lundman's father.
November 22, 1991
A 24-year-old woman suffering from a brain tumor died Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center at a faith healing revival, just before the healing service was to start, authorities said. The woman's family had attended the Benny Hinn Miracle Invasion Crusade in hope of healing the woman who had been diagnosed with brain cancer in 1984, according to authorities.
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December 6, 1986 |
For eight years Ona Davis has suffered pain and problems with arthritis in her knees. The doctors couldn't seem to do much to help, so Davis turned to a faith healer. It worked, she says. "It isn't energy," Davis said, describing how her life changed a few days ago. "It's a great kind of peace. It's a joy that comes." With that kind of testimony, it's little surprise that Davis joined more than 5,000 people Friday night at the San Diego Sports Arena to take part in a Healing Explosion.
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July 4, 1989 |
Yiye Avila, a Puerto Rican bodybuilding champion turned evangelist, paced feverishly, microphone in hand, across the artificial turf nailed to the makeshift stage at the 50-yard line of the East Los Angeles College football stadium. In a giant huddle at his feet--under a scoreboard that announced "Christo Viene" (Christ Is Coming)--nearly 1,000 ailing believers had gathered, some in wheelchairs, some on crutches, some with just hernias or hemorrhoids.
March 28, 1986 |
Stepping into an emotional conflict of criminal laws and religious rights, the state Supreme Court granted hearings Thursday to Christian Science parents whose children died while being treated by prayer. Chief Justice Rose Bird and Justices Stanley Mosk, Joseph Grodin, Allen Broussard and Cruz Reynoso, one more than the majority needed on the seven-member court, voted to hear the appeals of parents in Sacramento and Sonoma counties who are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
May 17, 1988 |
The California Supreme Court is considering whether a Christian Scientist should be tried on a charge of manslaughter in the 1984 death of her 4-year-old daughter, who died of acute bacterial meningitis. Instead of calling a doctor, the mother asked an accredited Christian Scientist practitioner to pray for the girl's recovery. In Massachusetts, a Christian Scientist couple have just been indicted for manslaughter, after the 1986 death of their 2 1/2-year-old son from a bowel obstruction.