Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Polygamist abuse

By Michael J.W. Stickings

AP: "Nearly two-thirds of the families living at a polygamist group's ranch -- targeted in a high-profile raid last spring -- had children who were abused or neglected, Texas child welfare officials said in a report released Tuesday."

Surprise... surprise... surprise.

As I wrote when this story broke back in May: "[W]e all know -- do we not? -- that this sort of lifestyle, the polygamy of a totalitarian religious cult, is inherently abusive. Indeed, it would not exist without abuse. Abuse is what keeps it going, what enables and supports it."

In a liberal society, the state has every right to, and must, intervene and to prosecute the abusers. The abusers will cry religious freedom, but there should be no freedom to abuse.

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  • Perhaps. Texas officials have lost much credibility over their mishandling of the affair. Is this report more meaningful than previous, now discredited assertions or is our inherent distaste for both polygamy and religious whack jobs coloring our interpretation of the evidence? I'm not yet certain.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:10 PM  

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