Media liveblogging: Live from the courthouse, Day 2. With court hearings resuming in Eldorado, Texas at 9:30 a.m. this morning, it's the big story of the day — except, of course, for the visit to America of the leader of that billion-member cult whose priests have committed actual abuse against thousands of actual children [as opposed to hypothetical abuse of hypothetical children, the FLDS scenario]. It's obvious the Catholicism of the parents indoctrinated them to place excessive trust in Catholic priests, which set their kids up to become sexual victims. So, following Texas CPS reasoning [see this story], Catholic children should be removed from Catholic homes. Right?
Here are links to Friday's media stories:
- "Expert testifies polygamous sect belief system is abusive" at AP. A "cult expert," no less — probably moonlights counseling UFO abductees. So is Islam an abusive sytem, Mr. Expert? Is the foster care system abusive? Is the US Government, lately making a big splash in the torture business, abusive? Is the local high school football team, which forces kids to do sometimes fatal two-a-days, an abusive system? Should Islamic kids be removed? And what is the legal standard for finding a system "abusive," as opposed to finding an individual guilty of a specifically defined crime or act of abuse? That's what the State of Texas was supposed to do at this hearing, present evidence against individuals that would justify removing that individual's minor children from their home. The only individuals I have seen named in the entire proceeding are Warren Jeffs (in jail somewhere in Utah), D. Barlow (has been in Arizona for two years), and the FLDS bishop at YFZ (who told everyone to cooperate with the Texas authorities). Hard to see how the state has given the judge any factual basis to remove any of the 416 kids.
- "Saving the children is our job" by Michael Reagan. Quote: "Approximately 300,000 kids are taken out of their homes every year because of neglect and abuse, and put in foster care; [s]ome 73 percent of the children put in foster care end up on the streets, or even worse, in jail."
- The call was fake; can the kids go home now? at Grits for Breakfast.
- "Ministers deny proselyting to FLDS members" at the SL Trib.
- "Texas says FLDS beliefs turn girls into sex victims" at the SL Trib.
- "Polygamist ranch probe shifts to Colorado" at CNN. Quote: "The investigation into alleged abuse at a polygamist ranch in Texas has shifted to Colorado, where police said Thursday that they have arrested a woman for making a false report to police."