On April 16th 2008 I wrote an article in Sparrow Chat entitled, “Self-Righteousness Only Creates Wrongness”.
It concerned the seizing of over four hundred children by Texas officials from the Yearn for Zion ranch, a sect whose members had broken away from the traditional Mormon church.
The children were seized following an anonymous tip-off purported to come from a young female sect member, who to this day has never been identified.
Accusations of sexual abuse and under-age marriages were leveled against the sect by the anonymous caller, and foolishly the Texas authorities over-reacted and raided the ranch, confiscating the children and dispersing them in foster homes around the state.
Thankfully, the Texas court of appeal yesterday upheld the families’ case that there was no evidence to warrant the raids and subsequent removal of the children. The Texas authorities had failed to provide evidence of child abuse, and the court ruled the raid and impounding of the children unlawful.
Sanity has finally prevailed and the children are slowly being returned to their parents, though the state of Texas is looking to appeal the appeal as a face-saving exercise, despite the additional harm such delay might provoke among the children kept incarcerated while a torpid legal process churns forward with agonizing slowness.
Despite the acidic comments of local Child Protective Services officials, who were at pains to point out “this was all about the children”, it would seem to be more about narrow-minded, Texan morality than the welfare of four hundred unhappy kids.
Frankly, such people make me sick. They are driven not by a love for children and a wish for their overall happiness, but by a pseudo-religious, blinkered morality that blinds them to the truth and causes untold suffering and a lifetime of psychological scarring for the victims of these harpie-like individuals.
Well done, Texas. Your inhumanity to your fellows shines like a beacon of darkness in the light.
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