Adventist Headlines: Strict Vegan Diet May have Caused Infant Death

(Spectrumbot) #1

This week in Adventist Headlines:

Grand Larceny Charge for Adventist Ex-Treasurer. Joaquim Canario, 74, the former treasurer of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Old Westbury, New York, was arrested and pleaded not guilty in a Nassau (New York) County Court to second-degree grand larceny. He is accused of stealing over $350,000 from a church bank account between April 2008 and January 2012. Canario may have been a victim of a scam offering him millions of dollars if he sent funds abroad, but he may have used church funds for other personal needs as well. From Newsday, "Ex-treasurer accused of stealing $360G from Seventh-day Adventist Church in Old Westbury."

Strict Vegan Diet May Have Contributed to Infant's Death. Jennifer and Jeromie Clark, strict vegans who had worshipped at the Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in northwest Calgary, Canada, have been charged with causing the death of their 14-month-old son. Tests, including an autopsy, revealed the child’s death was the result of a Staph infection complicated by malnutrition. The Clarks have not been attending services at the church for the past eight years. From CTV News in Calgary, "Strict belief-based diet contributed to Calgary infant's death, parents face charges."

Muslim-Adventist cooperation Helps Students Reschedule Sabbath Exams. Muslim students allied with their Adventist classmates at an unnamed Albanian Adventist school, refusing to take the exams which were scheduled on Sabbath, risking their graduation. The Albanian government of the predominantly Muslim country relented and authorized final exams for ninth and 11th graders to be rescheduled. The authorization came from the office of a deputy minister who had recently forced the Adventist school to remove the word “Christian” from its name. From the Inter-European Division, "Fruitful Muslim-Adventist cooperation."

Pam Dietrich taught English at Loma Linda Academy for 26 years and served there eight more years as the 7-12 librarian. She lives in Redlands, CA.

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(Carolyn Parsons) #2

This looks like the case that was announced previously where no details were given. When I read that story last year I kept thinking about the mismanagement of money in Angola within the SDA church there. Then I found out this fellow was from Angola and moved to Long Island in 1980. Some things never change. The case of embezzlement at the Angola Union was checked by the auditors at the SID and was cleared without any investigation. There is no relationship between these cases as far as I know of, but I am surprised by the coincidence.

(David Read) #3

Sounds not so much like Adventist-Muslim cooperation as Adventists piggy-backing onto a majority-culture issue.

(Rohan Charlton) #4

Tragic story with the little baby. Heartbreaking.

(jeremy) #5

yes, and to think it happened in the context of my home church of calgary central…but i can’t say i know these particular clark’s, which is not too amazing, given that our attending membership is over 1,000 each week…

(Rohan Charlton) #6

They had left 8 years ago by the sounds. It’s a shame because they would’ve benefited from the support of your church family.

(jeremy) #7

we have quite a few vegans in my church - i’m kind of half and half, as i eat organic eggs - but these people are all very knowledgeable on the latest news on nutrition, and none of them practice this diet as a religious faith thing…

(Bb Yeaton) #8

Sounds like PC Academy to me. What is the net gain of not taking a test on Sabbath if you’re perfectly willing to delete the name of Christ from your title?