This deal of the state coming into a community and taking all the children captive because they are “at risk” scares the “H” out of me!
I’m 100% for protecting children from abuse.
But who is next? What about the Amish? They “brainwash” their children into their religous beliefs and way of life. Do you think for a minute that if an Amish girl called in (and in Texas it appears the call may not have even been “real”) and reported any kind of abuse….from physical, to mental, to brainwashing, to being forced into marrying someone – do you think for a moment the state of Pennsylvania would step in and take all the children out of the community to protect them? NO WAY!!
What about the Mennonites, they live in a very close knit community, they “brainwash” their children. They sometimes arrange marriages between members of different colonies. Is that abusive? Is it abusive to be “brainwashed” into believing that living in the colony is best and the outside world is something to be shunned?
What about the Hudderites? They accept some of our modern living ideas, but still live in colonies, and “brainwash” their kids.
What about the Jehovah Witnesses or those Mormons? They shun the outside world in many respects and “brainwash” their kids into their “cult” beliefs. In fact there are people who “help” the poor brainwashed cultists back into the mainsteam again, so something must be wrong…maybe abusive.
This whole Texas FLDS thing is a slippery slope that should have all Americans up in arms. The problem is it’s a small Mormon splinter group….it’s an extremist cult that is involved so it’s ok for the state to come in and take the children away.
If there are people involved with illegal activies then fine prosecute them. If there are men marrying 15 year old girls, by all means go after them to the full extent of the law.
Teaching polygamy, or arranged marriages, or even arranged marriages of under aged girls is not something the state should be involved in. And even if those things are taught it doesn’t give the state the right to capture children and take them away from their families based on those teachings.
Break the law, fine punish those involved. Teach something we don’t like or agree with, legal or illegal too bad it’s one of our freedoms.
Where does it stop? Who is next?