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  • Religion News: Tennessee court agrees to hear faith-healing case

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  • Week in Religion
    The Tennessee Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by a woman who tried to heal her daughter’s cancer through prayer, according to the Religious News Service.
    Jacqueline Crank was convicted of misdemeanor child neglect in 2012 and given a sentence of 11 months and 29 days, which was suspended to unsupervised probation. The conviction was handed down 10 years after Crank’s 15-year-old daughter died from Ewing’s Sarcoma. The cancer cause a grapefruit-sized tumor to grow on her shoulder, causing her severe pain, which Crank tried to alleviate through prayer.
    Crank was guided by the girl’s “spiritual father,” Ariel Ben Sherman. Sherman was convicted along with Crank, but he has since died.
    Crank said she continues to appeal because Tennessee’s laws that protect faith healers apply to some but not all cases. She first appealed her case to the state appeals court, which ruled against her in 2013.
    Even though her sentence was light, Crank said she continues to appeal to protect others who rely on faith healing.
    “She was treated very harshly by the criminal justice system,” said her attorney Gregory P. Isaacs. “She was charged with a felony and given a high bond. They took her daughter away, and her access was limited as her daughter was battling cancer and dying.”
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