Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Kids returned as pogrom against FLDS fizzles

Members of the polygamous FLDS church are getting their kidnapped children back from the Texas authorities who swiped them in the wake of two court decisions, one from the Texas Supreme Court, saying that state officials overstepped their bounds by declaring that adherence to a specific religion inherently makes people unfit parents. As the Salt Lake Tribune editorialized, "under the law in the United States, a culture cannot be indicted. Only the specific people who commit specific crimes against specific victims can be. Thank goodness."

Texas authorities are still free to pursue allegations of child abuse, but now they'll have to do it the American way: by building evidence of specific crimes and naming actual suspects instead of engaging in a pogrom. Yeah, that's a pain in the ass. Every now and then, though -- if only when folks are watching -- government employees have to do things by the rules.

Interestingly, this is at least the second time that a wildly over-the-top campaign by government officials against the FLDS church has turned the members of the odd little sect from outcasts with some unsavory practices into sympathetic victims of the state. In 1953, a massive raid by Arizona law-enforcers on Short Creek (now Colorado City), motivated by precisely the same concerns that inspired Texas's assault on the Yearning for Zion Ranch, had much the same results as the 2008 controversy. Wrote the Los Angeles Times in 2006:

By day’s end, families and crying children were separated in a scene that would haunt political leaders for years to come. In all, 36 men were arrested. Authorities loaded 86 women and 263 children aboard buses to Phoenix. ...

As sympathy built for the FLDS, [Arizona Gov. J. Howard] Pyle was denounced and ridiculed by newspaper editorials. The raid was called "Pyle’s Folly."

The Arizona Republic said the action would have made the Keystone Kops "green with envy" and resembled "too closely the hated police-state roundups of the Old World."

Religious leaders and political rivals accused him of using excessive force.

Democrats decried the action as "odious and un-American." A prominent Mormon leader denounced the "tyrannical methods" used.

The raid’s results were meager in court as well. Charges of statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a minor were dropped. The men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate laws against bigamy, and open and notorious cohabitation. One-year suspended sentences were handed out. Many promptly returned to Short Creek with their families.

Pyle lost the subsequent election, and even he attributed his defeat to public reaction against the Short Creek raid.

It's too early yet to know whether there will be political fallout from the 2008 raid, but it's good to see that the courts are at least as protective of the individual rights of members of a despised subculture as they were in 1953. Once again, government officials took a step toward persecuting an entire community, and once again, they were slapped down hard.

The day those slaps stop coming will be the day it's open season on anybody who strays too far from the herd.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your article is too kind. CPS abused and terrorized hundreds of familes. They violated the spirit and the letter of the Constitution. Such behavior calls for large fines and jail time. Jail time for arrogant, abusive, law-breakng CPS workers and any CPS co-conspirators is a MUST in this case. If CPS wants to stop abuse they can start with CPS.

June 3, 2008 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Talk about the law of unitended consequences!!!!

This FLDS event looks to have far reaching consequences that were not even contemplated by the Nazi Party members in Texas.

1. The feminist liars who claim they care about women and children have been exposed as phoneys and hypocrites. This is good. Everyone with a brain noticed that they did not raise one finger to help those children and mothers.

2. The attorney general of utah has been outed as a secret Nazi Party member. This little episode of religious persectuion may just end his career and turn his dreams of succeeding Orrin Hatch as US senator to dust. Good Riddance I say.

3. The ACLU...yeah...the good old ACLU would lift a finger. Yeah..they ultimately filed one amicus brief after they were shamed into it..but they have been exposed as well.

4. Interest in plural marriage has probably never been higher among the goyim. The FLDS women look like angels and the children are beautiful...and these people pray...every day..and the lord perhaps answered their prayers. This is a big boost for christian religion and monotheism.

5. States may well overhaul child welfare laws to prevent such abuse.

6. The feminst lesbian cult which runs CPS offices nation wide has been exposed.

7. Good American people have come to the painful realization that our nation has been perverted by those entrusted to do right. But they don't do right. they are wicked and evil and serve the devil in countless ways.

Long live the resistance!!!

June 3, 2008 9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a thought about how come they can't find the caller that stared this whole thing. They need a way into the town so they made a hoax call to make a reason to enter the town and do what they wanted. That is why the so-called caller can't be found--because there was none to begin with. Just made-up as a pretence to gain access into a place they were not alowed.

June 4, 2008 3:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you an FLDS child rapist? You sound like one.

June 4, 2008 4:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A lone child molester in a mug shot is a disgusting human being.

A COMMUNITY that encourages their young girls to be molested by older men are victims of religious persecution.


June 4, 2008 4:53 AM  
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