Saturday, May 31, 2008

CPS raid and the Texas Supreme Court

"The Texas Supreme Court has ruled the removal of 468 children from a polygamist sect on grounds they were at risk of abuse was unwarranted." -- Texas wrong to take fundamentalist Mormon sect kids

The Fundamentalist Mormons stand a religion before the law and Constitution the same as Baptists, Catholics, Methodists or any other group. If some or many of them have done wrong, let the law punish that wrong. But they should not be dealt with differently. They are not treated one way because they are a "cult" and others are "denominations". To classify all those families as one family because they hold the same faith and live on the same ranch was wrong.

While Texas was removing children from the Yearning for Zion ranch, the state attorney general's office was apparently putting the finishing touches on high school parenting classes. When it's the "normal" kids getting pregnant at 13, instead of removing them from their homes we provide them classes and day care.


Anonymous said...

In observing the way in which the state of Texas went about in removing the children from the Morman compound it is seen that the people working for the state of Texas who took this action to remove the children were judging that their personal "Christian" religion was the correct
"religion" and the Mormans version of "Christian" religion was incorrect. Thusly, the officials for the state of Texas who took this action were arrogant in judging that their concept of "religion" is the only one to be correct and all others are incorrect. Such is the problem when government officials factor in "religion" when taking actions on behalf of local, state, and federal governments. Therefore, it is imperative, in order to have freedom of religion and the separation of church and state, is for "ALL" government officials to not be blinded or prejudice concerning religion before taking actions. All this is said to express a deep feeling that I have for the separation of church and state, and problems always crop up when anyone uses their "religions" standards in deciding what is legally right; and I do not agree, from a religion or doctrinal basis, with the Mormans in Texas who had their children illegally taken from them.
God bless, Hoyt D. F. Sparks, SL

R. L. Vaughn said...

Hoyt, like you, I don't agree with the religion and doctrine of the Mormons, much less the Fundamentalist Mormons with their polygamy, et al. But I think the way the word "cult" kept being bandied about in this connection certainly causes me to think that there was a lot of religious judging involved that wouldn't be in play if we were talking about 13 year old Baptists, Methodists and Episcopalians.