I’m having a bit of trouble with the Texas raid on the church FLDS that was carried out recently. It was initiated by a phone call to an child abuse hot line. The person who made the call and the claims of abuse has yet to be found. As a matter of fact it is believed to have been made by someone who does not live there nor attends this church. 416 children have been kidnapped by the state of Texas and removed from their parents. I am left with the feeling that there is an over zealous bureaucrat who either has some kind of grudge against this church or simply wishes to force her values on a group of people who don’t share it. Yes I said her because I believe this bureaucrat is Marleigh Meisner. She is referred to as a spokesman for the Texas Department of Children’s Protective Services but is nowhere identified as to what her position with CPS actually is.
I find it suspect that the Texas CPS Department seemed to be ready with their lawyers to bring charges against this church and its members. To me, this really reeks of we’re gonna’ get ‘cha despite what ever the facts may be.
In what appeared to me to be a show trial this past week the state argued that all the children under 18 years old should be kept by the state. They based their argument on the testimony of Bruce Perry. He is a psychologist who specializes in cults. The FLDS has been around for over a hundred years and now all of a sudden it’s a cult? I’m sorry but this just smells of an illegal witch hunt to me.
In going over this in my mind I keep going back the Branch Davidians in Waco back in the nineties. That church wasn’t ATF approved and they used the pretext of child abuse to attack them with tanks and eventually just executed them all. Now it seems that the FLDS isn’t approved by the state of Texas.
These people have been accused in the press of welfare fraud and if that is true then they should be investigated for that but they should not have their families torn apart for it.
This whole thing just smells of intolerance and a state government gone mad.
HERE is an blog that is reporting each and every update of this travesty.