Let me start by stating emphatically that I believe the Fundamental Latter Day Saint organization to be a cult. I do not support their doctrines or their practices in any way. I believe polygamy is wrong and should not be part of the Christian culture. But…
I am very troubled by what has happened to the children and the families associated with their Yearning for Zion Ranch.
Here’s the summary: An anonymous tip was received at an abuse center. Someone claiming to be a young girl said she was forced to marry a 50-year-old man and then physically and sexually abused. Armed with this tip, Texas Child Protective Services was awarded a search warrant. The officials descended upon the complex, armed to the teeth, body armor secured, even driving armored personnel carriers. At the end of the day, 416 terrified children were removed from the complex—and they’re still in custody.
It has now been three weeks. Interesting facts have come to light. First, the anonymous tip was fraudulent. The actual caller turned out to be a 33-year old woman named Rozita Swinton of Colorado Springs, Colorado. She has now been arrested.
And here’s an interesting twist. She is also listed as a pledged delegate for Barak Obama (check out this link- Swinton is listed as representing precinct 269).
Also, no pregnant thirteen-year-old girls were found. No child was neglected; there are no signs of abuse or rape. There is no indication that anyone was forced to marry. Yet, Judge Barbara Walther, who is overseeing the case, declared: “The court has ruled the conditions those children were in were not safe for the children. I did not make the facts that got this case into the courts.”
I am still looking for facts. This seems to be a telling concern, quoted from MSNBC:
“Experts and lawyers fear the children’s transition to foster care may be much harder than it is for other foster children…Many of the children have seen little or no television. They have been essentially home-schooled all their lives. Most were raised on garden-grown vegetables and twice-daily prayers with family. They frolic in long dresses and buttoned-up shirts from another century.”
So, these boys and girls have seen little television. They have been home educated. They have eaten healthy food. They have participated in family worship. And they wear modest clothing. Oh shudder – the horror!
And now consider the inconsistencies. When I graduated from high school, a class of 92, there were 2 pregnant girls in my class. I am not sure how many others had decided to abort their children, but there were rumors. One of the pregnant girls was also married. I am sure today’s graduating classes have even more examples of promiscuity among today’s youth. Promiscuity is actually encouraged today, with sex education and free condoms being passed out like candy. After the FDLS compound, why not raid the local high school?
And just wander into any honky tonk. Ask around. You will find at least one Bubba proudly proclaiming his “masculinity” by bragging about his sexual prowess. He may have “fathered” a number of children by a handful of women. Isn’t this a form of polygamy—only without Bubba taking the manly responsibility of caring for the mothers? But it’s acceptable for Bubba to continue upon his merry romp through life while the children grow up without a clue as to who their father is – as long as Bubba pays child support and stays out of jail.
And just walk through the local mall. How many folks roll their eyes at, but accept, the fellow wearing more black leather than an Angus bull, spouting vulgar language, sporting body piercings in his ears, cheeks, lips and eyelids, and styled with hair shaved up one side and tinted a lovely shade of lavender down the other? But a woman who desires to dress in a 19th century styled pastel dress is viewed suspiciously—perhaps she’s unfit to raise children because she’s so odd? Where are we headed?
So, the State of Texas seizes children because parents are teaching their children to marry early and live counter-culturally. And this is abuse?
Again, I am not condoning any of the doctrines or practices of the Fundamental Latter Day Saints. Their doctrines will lead children to the gates of hell. But it is not the place of the State to be the thought police. When has a belief been outlawed in this country? When did God give the State the right to parent children? Where are our Constitutional liberties?
This is a very dangerous precedent. Regardless of whether or not you are a Christian homeschooling family or a pagan Wiccan family, this situation in Texas should drive you to action.
For the Christian homeschool family, if you are not members of HSLDA, I encourage you to join!
And I encourage you to follow this situation closely. And pray for America.
Stacy has collected some interesting quotes on this case - HERE.