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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

So, seen anything good on TV lately? Uh, no. I'm a cultist.

From today's Washington Post: "Just a fraction of the children taken from a polygamist sect's ranch remain in foster care after parents traveled this sprawling state to reunite their families. "

I feel that if the state could take the kids away and put them with foster families, and this action was overturned by the courts, then the state should have to get those kids back to their families. These people should not have to pay to traverse Texas to retrieve what should not, according to the courts, have been taken from them in the first place.

Personally, I think these cults are weird, but it is not my life. If the authorities find that children are being abused then I applaud them for addressing the issue. However, if they merely disagree with the cultists way of living simply because it is not the norm, then they have no business getting involved.

It's complicated, I know. I could argue for and against both sides. But how very American to dictate how people should, and should not, live.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think it's really that complicated an issue. This cult in particular, (not to mention polygamist cults in general) is EXTREMELY misogynistic. Young girls in these "churches" are told whom they will marry, and what a blessing it is that they've been chosen to marry this sixty year old guy who will be forcing himself on her for the next couple years, until he finds some other 13 year old he can convince Warren Jeffs to give to him. They aren't allowed to use birth control, so they are basically sentenced to bear child after child after child regardless of any health consequences. They then get to see their daughters picked to marry some other dude and see their sons kicked out of the church and basically banished and made homeless because they are competition for women.

This is beyond child abuse, it's slavery. Read accounts of people who tried to leave the church and then got diagnosed as mentally ill and committed by the "doctors" who also happen to belong to the church and run the local "hospitals".

Listen to this interview.

I know there's this sense that you shouldn't seperate mothers from the their children, but raising children in this enviornment is just intolerable.

Call me intolerant.

6/06/2008 12:00:00 PM  

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