Ashya King: Jehovah’s Witnesses Made Them Do It
ASHYA King: a look at reporting on the desperately ill five-year-old boy. Writing in the Independent, Joan Smith sticks the knife in:
When the Kings first removed Ashya from hospital, it was widely reported that the family were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Southampton General Hospital denies releasing this information to the media, and it does not seem to have had any bearing on Ashya’s treatment to date. But the fact that his parents belong to a millennial religious cult – members believe that the end of the world is imminent and only 144,000 human beings will be saved – suggests that they might not be entirely open to rational argument. Maybe that is why they have not taken up an extraordinary offer from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to fly an oncologist to Spain to reassure them about the treatment Ashya would receive in the UK.
Yeah, maybe. Or maybe it’s because Hunt works for the same State whose police force portrayed the Kings as child-endgangering criminals who were failing their son. Maybe.