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I have been livid to the point of speechlessness about this whole Texas fiasco with the FLDS kids. If you don't know already, I'm LDS; I'm not FLDS. I don't wear drab prairie dresses. I don't live in a "compound." I don't practice polygamy. I don't meekly defer to my husband at every turn. I'm not sure I do much of anything meekly for that matter. I'm LDS. My church does not believe in or practice polygamy. I'm tired of the same old boring Mormon jokes about polygamy. I've got a sense of humor about myself and my religion, but come up with some new material already, folks.

I dislike being called a "Mormon." For one reason, people use the term to lump together every "fundamentalist wack-o" splinter sect with the LDS church. For another reason, I'm no more a follower of Mormon than I am a Monsonite or a Hinklian. I believe in God and Jesus Christ and His teachings. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. That fact that I believe in modern prophets does not change that I follow Christ's teachings and example. I'm on something of a tangent, but my point is that I'm not livid about the FLDS fiasco because I condone FLDS practices in any way.

I've been livid because the state had no right to remove all of those children from their homes. What Texas CPS did reeks of religious intolerance. They disrupted the lives of over four hundred children because their parents belong to an unpopular religion. They were not removed because of evidence of abuse in the cases of all 460 children. They were removed because of their parents' religious belief in polygamy. They were removed because their polygamist fathers might abuse them. This would be like closing down all Catholic schools because the priests might sexually abuse the young boys who attend them.

In this world of Political Correctness, there are certain classes of people who are still fair game for ridicule: Fat people and "Mormons" are two of those. Having been one (although I'm still clinically overweight, I don't see myself as "fat" anymore) and currently being the other, I'm beginning now to understand why people of color are often more sensitive to racism than I am. It's insidious. But you don't see it when you're not the target. When you're not the target, it's easy to brush it off as no big deal. Because it doesn't affect you.

This does affect you though. When the state can take children away from their parents because of their religious beliefs, it affects everyone. Because who's next? All "fundamentalist" religions aren't very popular right now. So which one is next? Baptists? Catholics? Or we could swing the other way and target Pagans next. After all, they're Godless heathens, right? If you take the religion out of the question completely, then let's go after the polyamorists and homosexuals. The only thing polyamorists do differently than polygamists is that they don't marry. And homosexuals might sexually abuse their children, so they shouldn't be allowed to adopt. Oh wait, some states don't allow homosexual couples to adopt. If you're angry about that, you should be angry about this too. Intolerance is intolerance.

A Texas appeals court has finally ruled that CPS had no right to remove those children. I doubt that the court touched the issue of religious intolerance. I doubt that CPS will be as quick to return the kids to their parents as they were to take them away in the first place. But this is at least a step in the right direction.

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kalquessa
May. 22nd, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
Yeah, while I'm not a fan of polygamy, I was not pleased with the whole thing in Texas. Because, like you said, that kind of thing sets precedent, and as a homeschooler, I am always edgy about children being taken away from their parents because their parents belong to an unpopular demographic. Not cool.
kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
There was a homeschooler following the case in her blog very closely for much the same reason. I don't have the link handy though, dagnabit.
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kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Re: a letter from your government
Dear Government,
Not so much really. I'll pray to my invisible sky fairy for you. And vote you out of office afterwards.
Your Electorate

(I'm all out of witty come-backs today; that was the best I could do.) How're you doing, by the way? Heard from any other Bastinadoes lately?
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kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 01:07 pm (UTC)
Re: a letter from your government
Congrats on the two S&S sales and the new digs. I used to read S&S a lot (when I had more time to read for pleasure), I'll look it up again to check out your story!
cakmpls
May. 22nd, 2008 11:37 pm (UTC)
For what it's worth, I agree with you.
kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 01:53 am (UTC)
I heard that they had two weeks to return the children home, but I still don't have much hope that it will happen.
kbaccellia
May. 23rd, 2008 02:11 am (UTC)
I'm LDS too and the whole thing has made me very angry. But what makes me angry is how people still lump us with the FLDS.
kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
I even had this discussion with Little Miss. She heard the news story on the radio and said "That's our church!" I had to explain to her that the FLDS is not our church, but broke off from it.
kbaccellia
May. 28th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
I couldn't believe what I just saw on the Internet the other day. One of the FLDS men coming out with one of his wives and he told the reporter he was Mormon from the FLDS church. Then he quoted Brigham Young. I'd heard from others that some of these members were doing this but didn't believe it until I saw the newscast myself.
kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 01:10 pm (UTC)
I suspect that they feel they are the "true" church just as much as we feel that we are the true church. So in that way, they promote this kind of confusion -- but the media and the public just take it all at face value and lump us all together. When the media doesn't do their research, and when people spew half-truths and handed-down gossip without doing research, they make it worse though.
sarahwilder
May. 23rd, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
In this world of Political Correctness, there are certain classes of people who are still fair game for ridicule: Fat people and "Mormons" are two of those.

See also: atheists.

Though that might be less 'ridicule' and more 'treat as though they have the bubonic plague.'
kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 01:57 am (UTC)
If you'll pardon the expression: Amen to that. Also, if it helps any, I suspect that the kinds of folks who treat atheists like the plague are the kind of folks whose religious foundations might not be that strong to begin with.
theamaranth
May. 23rd, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
*nod* i never thought about it in that way.

the way the media makes it sound, is that all the kids were being abused or close to being abused around puberty

They were removed because of their parents' religious belief in polygamy. They were removed because their polygamist fathers might abuse them. This would be like closing down all Catholic schools because the priests might sexually abuse the young boys who attend them.

this is spot on.
kimberlycreates
May. 28th, 2008 02:01 am (UTC)
What's really sad is that they were quick to remove these 460 children from their families, but how many children have they neglected to protect, because of "insufficient" evidence of abuse?

Edited at 2008-05-28 02:01 am (UTC)
ddham6337
May. 29th, 2008 03:37 pm (UTC)
I Agree
I am glad I am not alone in my feelings regarding what is happening in San Angelo.

It is ironic how everytime adults start attacking each other, it is ALWAYS the children that suffer.

CPS says that they are doing this for the children. I want to call balloney on that concept.
gotmooch
May. 31st, 2008 07:47 pm (UTC)
CPS was right in taking the 460 childen and the court was wrong too send the childen back too FLDS
Polygamy is wrong and I don't like that they have 4 or 5 wives and abuse the childen and make there kids too marry there cousins which is sick. And the 16 year old is hereo for calling the police and then they raided the land which the police had evey right too do and then CPS taking the childen away from those fathers that abuse all the childen,and the court was wrong in ruling that the childen should go back FLDS too get abuse the court isn't looking out for kids and CPS shouldn't return the childen back to those wacko's/wack jobs.

The feds should take down all polyamorists sense it's againest the law too be a polyamorists and too have 10 wives. I was glad that they cought that wack job Warren Jeffs who forced his childen to marry there cousins and abuse the childen or kick there own childen out on the streets if they don't do as they say between 14 through 17 years old and then they either are found dead or get into prostitution. FLDS tell there famlies to not trust the GOV and not pay there taxes which is wrong.

The women that are in FLDS in texas are so brain wash by the men they were wrong and saying they care for the childen which they don't otherwise they wouldn't let there kids to be abuse. And what they wear is so out dated they need to get with the times and be hip there outfits are old fashon that's right they can't watch TV there force too watch what these wack jobs want and brain wash them as well they can't think for themselfs.

I don't get the whole mormon faith either. I believe in god and jesus and I'm a good christian unlike FLDS which isn't christian or a religion it's a colt and FLDS has no ethics or morals what so ever. Warren Jeffs and FLDS that have 10 wives and abuse there childen are going to hell for there crimes of being polyamorists and abusing there own childen.

What I have said is 100% fact if you smell what The Rock Is Cookin.

kimberlycreates
May. 31st, 2008 09:56 pm (UTC)
Re: CPS was right in taking the 460 childen and the court was wrong too send the childen back too FL
You need an editor and a fact checker, my dear.
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