Little Victory In Big Texas

Hooray for state officials in Texas!

Texas state officials have removed 52 183 girls from Warren Jeffs’ Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’ polygamist ranch during a child abuse investigation. Eighteen of them, aged between 6 months and 17, are now in state custody and many are being prepared for foster homes.

Jeffs, head of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, was jailed in November for 10 years for being an accomplice to rape. He was convicted after he forced a 14-year-old girl to marry her cousin.

The self-proclaimed prophet is currently awaiting trial in Arizona on charges of being an accomplice to four counts of incest and sexual conduct with a minor stemming from two arranged marriages.

Regardless of my personal views on polygamy, I’m a humanist and I’m absolutely against forcing young girls who don’t know any different, to grow up in your whacked-out crazy 1,700 acre ranch enclosed within an 80 ft. wall, sealed off from the rest of the world, to become your personal little slave girls.

“We’re dealing with children that aren’t accustomed to the outside world, so we’re trying to be very sensitive to their needs,” Marleigh Meisner said.

The girls in this looney-ass, Christian sect don’t know and will never be introduced to any other ways of thinking. They’re taught from birth that being a slave to their husband is the only way there is.

Members believe a man must marry at least three wives in order to ascend to heaven. Women are meanwhile taught that their path to heaven depends on being subservient to their husband.

This kind of thinking is just downright appalling. There is absolutely no difference between men and women aside from our genetic predisposition to one sex or the other. We are the same species and should be treated as such. It’s good to know some of the state officials feel the same way. Call them up and thank them for taking a stand on equal and moral human rights.

Via: BBC News, Reuters

UPDATE: It would appear the number of total young and adult women removed from the ranch is now 183! Reuters reports:

Texas Child Protective Services spokeswoman Marleigh Meisner said the 183 consisted of 137 girls and 46 women, but she could not discuss why they were taken from the ranch or whether they had left voluntarily.

Hot Dang!

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