Blog takes a swipe at pastors who rely on Jesus for healing

A blog has taken a swipe at people who rely on Jesus' power for healing in a satirical story about a Jewish doctor who refused to treat a Lutheran pastor with chest pain.

(REUTERS / Regis Duvignau)A photo illustration shows a general practitioner with a stethoscope in a doctor's office in Bordeaux January 7, 2015.

In a satirical blog entry posted on June 11, Patheos described how a certain Dr. Isaac Katz refused to perform a needed emergency surgery on Pastor Michael Hall, who had a major heart attack after visiting the Cheesecake Factory. The doctor, citing his Jewish beliefs, said he could not operate on a person who followed Martin Luther's teachings since the latter was the "godfather of the Holocaust."

In a strange twist of events, the hospital brought in a Brooklyn Zoo veterinarian, who in turn carried with him a textbook on anatomy and physiology, and successfully operated on Pastor Hall. The press soon swarmed the hospital in a bid to see the veterinarian, Dr. Katz, and the patient.

Addressing the press, Dr. Katz talked about Judaism, Martin Luther and bigotry. Hospital officials also expressed their support for the Jewish doctor and highlighted the need to respect its employees' religious beliefs, as they insisted that they had administered alternative care to Pastor Hall.

Meanwhile, in the real world, a Christian couple have been charged with murder earlier this month over the death of their newborn daughter. The couple opted to pray for the sick baby and did not seek medical help for her, The Independent reported.

Sarah and Travis Mitchell are both members of the Followers of Christ Church in Oregon, a congregation which depends on prayer and anointing oils for the healing of infirmities instead of modern medicine. On March 5, the mother delivered twin girls at her grandparent's home, but one of the babies died just hours after because of a lung complication linked with premature birth.

Speaking to local news station KATU, State Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson said the twins came out two months earlier than their expected date of delivery. She also said the sick baby would have had a chance to survive had she been delivered in a hospital or given medical treatment when her breathing difficulties were observed.