I’m beginning to be disturbed by the situation in Texas–you know, the one where the government took over 400 children from their mothers and has farmed them out to foster homes. I’ll admit that I don’t know everything about this situation, but it’s beginning to look like the original “tip” that alerted authorities to possible child abuse and “child marriage” was a fake. If it was, then why in the world are we allowing the government to take toddlers from their mothers? They’re not in danger of being married off.
I don’t agree with what these folks believe, doctrine-wise, but I had certain standards for my children, particularly when they were small. IF I had chosen not to have a TV in my home, I would be horrified to know that my children were being placed in homes where they’d be exposed to influences that I had worked so hard to keep out of my children’s environment. I may not shelter my children to the extent that these people did, but parents do have a right to shelter their children.
In our country, the home is supposed to be a sacred place. The government must have a warrant to enter, to search, or to violate. And yet it’s beginning to look like the government entered these homes on false pretenses. All right, it was a mistake, so make sure there’s no child rape going on and return these children to their mothers!
The fathers may be polygamists and yes, that’s against the law, so prosecute the men. Charge the women for polygamy if you like, then get the women out on bail so they can be with their innocent little ones. Investigate the charges of underage marriage and statutory rape.
But it’s no crime to want to wear modest clothing and not cut your hair. And from what I’ve seen of these mothers (from my admittedly limited perspective), they are loving mothers, and children are children. To tear a three-year-old from his mother’s arms is a crime in itself.