Here's the story in a nutshell. The FLDS had created their version of Utopia in Texas. FLDS practices polygamy. An anonymous caller tipped authorities that underage girls were being married off. TX authorities stormed the compound, saw some young looking women, and took everybody's children away. Over 400 kids were put into foster care - kids who previously had not watched TV, gone to a regular public school, or even eaten most prepackaged food.
Now they are saying that the "anonymous tipster" may not be credible, but rather might be an old man with a history of making false reports.
And the women who "looked young"? Not so young after all.
Many women and children who have left polygamist towns and compounds do complain about abuse, and their accusations and allegations are routinely brushed off. Something is wrong when the victims complain, they are ignored. When some anonymous caller complains, the Texas Rangers show up.
Whatever you think about the FLDS lifestyle, I think Texas was wrong. If they can take away their children without any real probable cause, they can take ours. Do you have unpopular religious beliefs?
Do you believe God reveals Himself to people in a personal way? Do you believe that you receive Our Lord bodily in the Eucharist? Do you believe that there is an absolute right, and an absolute wrong? Are you nuts by American secular standards?
How long before children are removed from a home where they are exposed to graphic torture victims (crucifixes) or parents lose custody because they have diligently developed the virtue of humility (and not joined the cult of self-esteem)? It could be me, next. It could be you.
5 "They know nothing, they understand nothing.
They walk about in darkness;
all the foundations of the earth are shaken.
6 "I said, 'You are "gods";
you are all sons of the Most High.'
7 But you will die like mere men;
you will fall like every other ruler."
8 Rise up, O God, judge the earth,
for all the nations are your inheritance.
And, BTW, why is the media so obsessed with telling us, in every single news story, that the women have long hair and wear prairie style dresses? So what!
Ok, rant over. Later, I'll lighten up and tell you about Mr R's birthday gift. My sister and I are trying out a new lentil recipe on the menfolk, too - Shepherd's Pie. I'll let you know how it goes.
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