Since when do we have the right to enter private property and by show of military type force remove over 400 children from their mothers on a warrant based on an anonymous phone call reportedly made by a 16 year old married woman complaining about mistreatment? Has "Sarah" even been identified? Has her 50 year old husband been charged with any crime?
I watched the situation developing around the recent government intervention into the alleged abuse of children belonging to the breakaway Mormon sect led by the Texas nutcase Warren Jeffs with growing interest.
I don't defend the teachings and practices of these religious extremists, nor do I condone the bizarre treatment of their children; however, this episode looks strangely like Act II of the Waco debacle.
Is not the very foundation of this country based on religious freedom? "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Seems to me an overzealous government skipped the "free exercise thereof" part of the First Amendment rights of a whole lot of people in Texas.
What about parental rights? Where are the parental rights of the women whose children have been kidnapped by the Texas authorities? And since when do you have the authority to imprison a pregnant women because you suspect she may be the victim of a crime.
If you condone the heavy-handed treatment of this religious sect by the government, you must ask yourself what the government should do about the children of practitioners of voodoo, and San-teria, and others who have a direct conflict with Christian beliefs with their obvious sacrifices and allegiances to Satan. What about Judaism and Islam, where children's genitalia are ceremoniously surgically altered by the practice of circumcision, for both male and female? Should the government step in and be the advocate of those "abused" children?
Religious freedom doesn't mean it's all right and sanctioned by the government. It means that regardless of how foreign and distasteful someone's religious ideas are, they must be tolerated. The alternative is to have no religion, or government-sanctioned religion. Think about it, is this where we are headed in our push to a one world government?
If the same criminal charges (the sexual abuse of children) were leveled against a member of a Catholic Church as are levied against the individual in Texas, would the government take all of the children of the congregation into protective custody? I think not. What about a Hassidic community? There are gypsies in South Carolina called the Travelers have for generations basically auctioning off their daughters to sect members for marriage. Seventh Day Adventists for excusing incest and child rape. Where are the tanks and busses for these children whose parents participate in the congregation?
And let's not discuss the children growing up in drug infested communities and poor homes with single parents, whose enrollment in the local school system places their very lives in danger due to the gang influence. Let's not discuss how the country's infant mortality rate is higher than some third world counties.
The laws regarding any criminal conduct are pretty straightforward. There has to be a victim, there has to be an investigation, there has to be a charge, and finally a trial based on facts and findings, and a just punishment. Or I guess you could just round 'em up and burn the place down.