Friday, April 11, 2008

A prophecy fulfilled

Here are the first two paragraphs of an AP story today about what's going on in Eldorado.

"All their lives, the girls in the polygamist sect in the West Texas desert were told that the outside world was hostile and immoral, and that venturing beyond the brilliant white limestone walls of their compound would consign them to eternal damnation.

"Now, if the state gets its way, hundreds of the girls could be put in foster homes, in what could be a wrenching cultural adjustment that may require intensive counseling."

From what I've read about the state of foster care in Texas, all the worst nightmares of these girls could become a reality. I'm not a defender of polygamy, forced marriages or of 15-year-old mothers, but I am a staunch believer in freedom of religion, if I don't agree with a single thing a particular religion practices or preaches. I am also a firm advocate of the concept of separation of church and state.

This is supposed to be the land of the free, and freedom is difficult to pursue and practice. That's why so few other countries even attempt to let their citizens have the freedoms we enjoy here. But with those freedoms must come the realization that it grants people the right to say things and do things a majority of the citizenship may find abhorrent.

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