Friday, May 2, 2008
Should the Children of Polygamist Mothers Be Returned?
I am no fan of polygamy, but the sort of marriage arrangement created by consenting American adults does not impinge on my life or marriage. Child abuse is illegal in this country and if Eldorado, Texas law enforcement has proof of child abuse in specific families associated with the FLDS Yearning For Zion Ranch there, let them bring the charges against those parents and return the balance of the 437 children taken to their families. Statistically children placed in foster care do not fare well.
The Texas authorities needed to find a way that each family could be examined on a case-by-case basis without simply scooping up all of them. Now that it has happened the Texas DSHS needs to negotiate a way to get as many of the children back with their biological mothers as possible and keep the situation transparent enough for authorities to monitor the ranch. The media makes comments on the mothers’ style of dress and hairdos. Child abuse is illegal, unusual style is not.
I do not propose to champion the FLDS way of life and there are testimonials enough of under age girls being forced into “spiritual marriages” with cousins and uncles and incestuous relationships with fathers in that sect. Such cases should be prosecuted vigorously, but the taking of so many children on no more substantial grounds than mysterious phone calls, now alleged to have come from Colorado Springs woman Rozita Swinton, who has a history of fraudulent phone calls, certainly has to be questioned. Authorities in Eldorado claim that regardless of the flimsy warrant, they have rescued children being abuse. The families involved need to be identified and the rest of the children returned to their families in as swift manner as possible.
It cannot help but we wondered the real motivation behind the Texas raid on the YFZ ranch since they were willing to proceed with so little evidence of crime. Polygamy falls into the same category as gay marriage. It’s largely no one’s business as long as it occurs amongst adults. We no longer prosecute cohabitation cases or mixed race couples.
I am interested in what the Neighborhood thinks of polygamy in general and specifically the situation in Eldorado, Texas