At least one such hospital employee thinks He must. As American Thinker tells it:
Sam Singer, spokesman for the Children’s Hospital Oakland, has taken it upon himself to dictate the limits of hope and prayer.
Singer is one of the players in the gut wrenching saga of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old Northern California girl who went in for a tonsillectomy and ended up brain dead. The second girl in two years to suffer severe brain damage under similar conditions at Children’s Hospital Oakland, the case obviously has the hospital on the defensive.
In a jaw-dropping statement, made on behalf of the hospital, Mr. Singer, speaking with greater authority than anyone could have imagined, told the world: “There is, unfortunately, no amount of hope, no amount of prayer that can bring her back.”
If Mr. Singer wants to tell us she is brain dead, fine. If he wants to tell us that an independent physician also declared her brain dead and “there was no question of that,” – fine.
A hospital spokesperson should deal in facts. Hope and prayer are not facts. No one should dictate to another man what the limits of his hope should be. Greater than that, Mr. Singers’ revelation that he personally knows that prayer will not work is an insult to people of all faiths. Unless Mr. Singer is speaking on behalf of God himself and not the Children’s Hospital, he is going to have a lot of explaining to do to that divine entity which he so flippantly robbed of power.
The problem with living in a less religious society isn’t that people don’t think about God but that they think God has a position in their bureaucracy (below theirs). 😉
Hat tip: Stephanie West Allen at Brains on Purpose
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