Maybe I'm the only one that sees that this takes away parental rights when a child converts to Christianity. I'm not sure that they've shown clear danger to the child. (Or maybe they have. Not being on a jury, I can only go with what's in the article.) Do only Christian parents deserve the benefit of the doubt? Because I remember some people trampling the rights of the FLDS people back in the day.
I only know that if it were MY child, I'd want her back. I'd want a last chance to show her that my religion is the right way. How could one howl about parental rights for homeschoolers, but then comment at the end of the story that one hopes that this gets tied up in the courts so that the girl will be 18 (and thus decide for herself!) by the time a decision is made. Let's just intentionally drag this out.
What if that were YOUR child, folks? What if you were in a Muslim-dominated land and they took your child away out of "concern" that you might get all upset about your kid's profession of another faith?
Someone's probably going to write that you know what? Some of those fundamentalist type Muslims are strange, and they DID find some creepy things at the FLDS ranch and so... that makes all that happened ok. And I'm probably going to not only disagree, but point out that I remember what the local Baptist church did when the YFZ ranch was raided. They prepared a "shelter" for these people when the authorities tipped them off. They said on TV that it was just to show Christian love to these folks. The church. Colluding with the state.
Do you know what else? I would submit to you that sometimes "Christian love" means calling these other folks up and warning them that these state people are up to no good. Sometimes it means coming up against the "powers that be" and resisting. Ummm... though... this article creeps me out, too:
"Our strategy will be to bleed this corrupt culture dry," it reads. "We will pick off the most intelligent and creative individuals in our society, the individuals who help give credibility to the current regime..."
"Our movement will be entirely destructive, and entirely constructive. We will not try to reform the existing institutions. We only intend to weaken them, and eventually destroy them..."
"We will use guerrilla tactics to undermine the legitimacy of the dominant regime..."
Bleed dry. Pick off. These kinda sound like violent words. So do words like "guerrilla." Yeah, they're followed up with blather about how they're gonna do this with bumper stickers. At first. Second stage of the game? Intimidation tactics.
I suppose there are probably 5 billion other websites like this out there, but forgive me when I express surprise at this language, because I've never seen them before. I'm a conservative Christian and I'd probably exist quite comfortably under a regime like this for about a tenth of a second. I think I'd rather stick with the Obama administration, and that's saying something.