Okay, I'm getting off the fence and saying what I really think. Some of you may think I have lost my mind. Some of you may be uncomfortable with my views, but they are what they are until someone changes my mind.
Yesterday I read that 437 children were being put into foster care after being removed from their mothers in Eldorado. I also watched the news segment on GMA concerning the same 437 children. The news reported that the children would be placed in foster care all over the state of Texas, and would be sent to public schools. Courts were still deciding whether nursing babies would be left with their moms. Siblings would be kept together as best they could, but basically boys and girls would be separated. DNA testing was being done on all 437 children and the adults of the group to begin sorting out parentage (I bet that cost the State of Texas a good bit of money). The news also said that many of these marriages did not seem to be legal. From what I understand, the big crimes here are polygamy and child abuse – specifically because there seem to be underage girls who are pregnant.
I have a few questions that the reporters did not ask. Are all of the 437 children young girls who are in immediate danger of being abused? Out of the 437 children, how many were boys? Were the boys being abused? Out of the 437 children how many were babies, toddlers, children under the age of say 12? Was abuse suspected with these children also? If so, what kind of abuse – why is that not being reported. In other words, what is the reason that 437 children are being put in foster care? What is the immediate danger? If they live in a "compound" of which there is no escape, why doesn’t the State of Texas leave them in the "compound" with their mothers and remove the men in the group? I bet a few guards around the "compound" to protect the women and children would be a lot more cost efficient and a lot easier on the children.
I am assuming that there were no records on hand as to who was married to whom or which children belonged to which parents. So let’s say that the DNA tests prove that several kids have the same father, but different mothers? Is that a crime in the USA? ‘Cause if it is, look out world; they are coming after you next. Let’s say that it is proven that some of these women had children before they were of age. You can go into any high school in the USA and find pregnant underage girls – what are they going to do about that - start arresting teenagers, parents, boyfriends? Who protects those children? I think 17 is age of consent in Texas and with parental permission younger girls can marry. So how many of the young girls in Eldorado had parental permission to be "married." Now I know that the news said that some of the marriages were not legal, but is the State of Texas ready to start arresting all of the couples in Texas who choose to live together without a legal license? If the marriages in the Eldorado group are not really legal, is it really a crime of polygamy? Is the State of Texas going to start arresting men who sleep with multiple partners? How in the heck is the State of Texas going to prove anything? What are they really looking for? Have any of these young girls come forward to say "thank you for getting me out of that mess?"
You may be thinking, "But Lou, these girls were brainwashed." Actually the professional shrinks brought in to analyze the girls said that the girls were not brainwashed (saw that on the news, too). These are people with a different way of life and religion from the norm. Although I do not know exactly what these people believe, I personally do not believe polygamy is a good thing. But then I do not believe same sex marriages are a good thing either, but our government keeps okaying them and letting the same sex parents adopt or have children.
Of course I abhor child abuse, and if little children are being sexually abused, I hope the adults are punished. But when underage girls are having sex and getting pregnant every day in our society, why are we going after the Eldorado group. Is it that society thinks older men should not marry younger women? Can society just not grasp that maybe these girls think that is normal (no matter how much we dislike it)? What is really the crime? Is there a crime of child abuse or is society using that as a tool to destroy the Eldorado group. Does society fear what they do not understand; therefore they feel they must punish them for being different? In my eyes, the biggest crime right now is taking 437 children away from their mothers and putting them in foster care.