There was a couple here in Charleston that just got their children back after a case like this. The parents belonged to a particular Muslim sect that only ate various kinds of fruit and grains, IIRC. If I can find the article, I will link to it, but this sect that they belong to has very strict dietary rules, and they were not allowed to eat meat and various other processed items. They had 5 kids, I think, and all of the children were malnourished and underweight. The children were taken to the hospital where they were checked out and put on a special diet. I believe they lived with foster parents for a while. The parents had to attend parenting classes and a nutrition class. Since the children were returned to the parents, they have added fish and chicken to the children’s now modified diets.
I was shocked to hear that they had raised 5 kids like this. I realize that not everyone learns about good nutrition and the value of a balanced meal in health class, but come on. I think that if I had a lot of religious dietary restrictions, I would make a special effort to find out how to follow my religion while still making sure my kids got a proper meal.
One other thing: while the children were in the hospital, they were served a diet that included pork sausage. Correct me if I’m wrong, (and I’ve been known to be) but most Muslims don’t eat pork, right? Doesn’t this kind of blow their whole ‘dietary restrictions’ right out of the water?