Sunday, April 27, 2008

FLDS Injustice

I do not condone the practice of polygamy by the FLDS and I condemn the practice of marriage and statatory rape of underage girls. Polygamy hasn't been practiced by the LDS church for more that 100 years by the LDS church. After the supreme court decided against polygamy in the late 1800's the then president of the LDS church Wilford Woodruff received a revelation from God that the practice was no longer required of the LDS people. The LDS people have always believed in being good citicizens of whatever country in which they reside because "for he that keepeth the laws of God hath no need to break the laws of the land."

Some have citicized Utah and Arizona for allowing the FLDS communites to flourish. However, in the 1950's there were a number of raids on the FLDS community which caused considerable public backlash. Recently, Utah has been conducting DNA analysis to establish familial relationships and uncover evidence of statatory rape in the case where a teenager is found to be pregnant.

Because of the recent pressure, the FLDS church began migrating from Utah and Arizona to Texas and the YFZ Ranch. Then in a streak of old-west justice, Texas law inforcement raided the FLDS compound and carted away all the women and children. Now, I do not condemn the raid. But I wonder what right the government has to separate the 400 children from their mothers. If the men were the threat, why didn't they just cart off the men and leave the women and children. But instead, it appears the the childen have been placed in foster care away from their mothers and placed in homes of baptists to be evangelized? Don't get me wrong, I do not agree with the beliefs of the FLDS, but since when did we start having laws in this country against peoples belief and since when do we put children of a certain religion in foster care for the purposes of reprogramming.

If the US has decided to clamp down on teenage pregnacy, can we expect law enforcement to take all children out of the homes of single women in innercities and put them in foster care in order to reprogram them and prevent them from perpetuating the ghetto culture and repeating the cycle of poverty?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Get real! The brain washing has been going on since Joseph Smith perpetrated his hoax on the first followers. Fortunately, the promise of statehood for Utah was strong enough for sensible people in the LDS movement to choose a BETTER path!