Polygamy in America

The news coming out of Texas regarding the polygamous sect has me concerned.  The way the state government has torn apart these families is total injustice. It smacks of religious persecution. Over four hundred children were taken away from the only families they have ever known. Some children have been relocated to places more than five hundred miles away.

Why should we believe that the foster parents with which these children are placed are better parents than their birth-parents? I know that some foster parents are compassionate, generous people. Yet can we be expected to have faith that Texas just happens to have four hundred sets of parents who are ready, willing, and able to take care of these frightened and likely angry children?

Even in the United States where we have so much diversity and so much freedom, it is difficult to be different. As a Muslim, I know this is true for personal experience and from the stories of my friends. The newspapers talk about how people are shocked by the way the women of the sect look and dress. Think about how the members of the sect must feel when they see women in bikinis or teenage boys with mohawks. It is hard to imagine that the sect would be so persecuted if they looked and acted like “normal” Americans. Also, many people are talking about how some of the girls were married at age sixteen. But is it better for sixteen-year-olds to have casual sex with many partners as so often happens in our communities?

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  1. #1 by parallelsidewalk on April 28, 2008 - 12:12 pm

    Is it better for teenage girls to be having sex with boyfriends their own age than forced into marriages with men old enough to be their grandfathers and having four kids by the time they’re 16? Yes, most definitely. The community was one big power trip for old men and women and children were being abused. If it was just conservative dress, the feds would be raiding the Amish too, wouldn’t they? I’m amazed at how many Muslims are defending this sick cult.

  2. #2 by Robert L. Rice on May 30, 2008 - 7:14 am

    Kids are America’s most precious and most at-risk citizens. With drugs and peer pressure facing them on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that mental illness and drug abuse is at an all time high. Problems facing American children.

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