I am gently informed by Mormons that the Mormon-like polygamist community in Texas are not Mormons. Read their arguments and my initial post on this subject here.
So, a Texas court has ruled that the State acted inappropriately as it extricated more than 400 children from the Texas polygamist compound. Here are two articles that discuss the matter:
That article contains this comment which is consistent with my earlier post, which takes issue with the hypocrisy involved:
“The Department conceded at the hearing that teenage pregnancy, by itself, is not a reason to remove children from their home and parents.”
And according to this article, the 911 phone call which started off the whole thing is now believed to be a hoax.
Now, I want to make it perfectly plain that I have no affection for Mormonism. I found it deeply ironic that a number of Mormons would challenge my description of these Texans as ‘Mormons’ while they, no doubt, feel perfectly entitled to the name ‘Christian.’ My problems with Mormonism run deep.
But here we have a plain example of the need for, and the disintegration of, our first and second amendment rights. We also see exposed the blinders that organizations such as the ACLU are wearing. The trampling of the civil rights of this community in Texas was pretty obvious almost from the beginning. Yet no one came to their defense because… because… they were a religious people whose views were dastardly… they had sex with multiple partners (which secular society frowns upon) some of them, we were told, were underage (which even the porn industry denounces, judging from the spam I get). [that’s sarcasm, friend]
The secular response might have been different, I suppose, if the impregnated young women had access to abortion!
This Texas case is an example of a bandwagon run out of control. The ugly truth is that there are many, many people out in our country today who believe that religious parents are inherently dangerous and that they should be more closely watched. (Consider this WND article, for example). The difference is that we saw it writ large in Texas. Christians should take notice. If there is legitimate child abuse involved then that is one thing, yet even then ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is still the guiding principle of our land. We can- and should- at least have expressed our outrage at the trampling of their due process rights.
On that front, I think even the Christian community bears some responsibility for not speaking out. I warn: If the scurrilous religionists in Texas are treated like dirt, what is to say that some day some other religious group is deemed to be scurrilous? Who will come to their defense then?
First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I am not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out because I am not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the incurably sick, and I did not speak out because I am not incurably sick.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I am not a Jew.
Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.