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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