AP - ELDORADO, Texas - Child welfare officials are scrambling to find foster homes for dozens of girls removed from a secretive West Texas religious retreat built by polygamist leader Warren Jeffs after a 16-year-old living there complained of physical abuse.
Officials from Texas Child Protective Services, escorted by state troopers, took 52 girls, ages 6 months to 17 years, from the remote retreat on Friday afternoon.
RLCC Comment: This is sad all the way around. Polygamy and incest are bad things. So too is all coercion. Those who are using coercive means are being inconsistent. If the welfare of the girls is so important, which it is, why does that same authority then leave so many children homeless and hungry in the U.S., Texas, and around the world? Why are the non-polygamous, non-incestuous, struggling parents not helped with their children with good housing, good food, meaningful (unselfish cooperative) work, and all the rest of the good? Only the voluntary giving-and-sharing system may bring forth that which is not false-hearted.
, obtained via: , April 5, 2008, 1:02am