In a prior post, I ranted on about the situation at the now world-famous YFZ Ranch. I rather judgmentally concluded that, yes, CPS must have been right, so I was surprised by the decision of the Texas Supreme Court this week. Obviously, we outsiders don’t have all the facts. Maybe the evidence wasn’t sufficient for CPS to remove all the children from their parents, but there is evidence of child sexual abuse in at least some of the cases. Plenty of evidence of polygamy, however, teaching polygamy to your kids isn’t a good enough reason for CPS to act. It’s pretty creepy in my mind, but creepy isn’t enough in the Court’s opinion. Should teaching polygamist values to children be considered child abuse? After all, the girls will grow up brainwashed like their mothers, and think that they have to consent to these marriages, be submissive to men and do whatever men tell them to do for their entire lives. The boys will grow up believing that women are somehow less than men by virtue of the fact that women must submit to men’s marital and sexual whims, sometimes as young girls…and so the cycle will continue.
Granted, removing children from a home is extreme, and the circumstances should be extreme before this step is taken. Why do we care? None of this interferes with my rights, or anyone else’s rights except those persons directly involved, but we could say the same for any other child suffering abuse at the hands of an adult. If it’s not someone we know, why does it matter? We care because in America, that’s what we do. We’re the land of the free, and we want others to have the same freedom. Especially those living on American soil! The difference is, apparently, these women and children are happy living this way. So, should we enforce our standards on them when they are happy? I don’t know, it’s complicated, but I lean towards the freedom camp. In my mind, these women don’t know they’re not free, because they’ve probably never experienced it.
Breaking up a home is a terrible thing to do, and if no harm is being done, these kids should certainly remain with their families. I am glad to hear that the situation will be monitored, and that the investigation will continue. If real abuse is occurring, this isn’t over yet.