Last week was a light-hearted romp through the pleasant chaos of my life, but more serious thoughts have been vying for attention.
I’ve been following the YFZ Ranch issues, because of the children involved. I don’t share or fully understand the religious beliefs of the YFZ constituents, nor have I lived in their shoes. I don’t know if people feel trapped or persecuted…the spike-topped compound walls might keep people out, rather than in.
From the reading I’ve done, there is nothing to corroborate allegations of abuse. This doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, but none of us outside the compound truly knows about life inside. Possibly, unsubstantiated judgments were made because people condemn lifestyles they find distasteful.
Those judgments ripped over 400 children from the only life they’ve known. Law enforcement officials placed them in mass shelters, separated many from their mothers, questioned them intensively, required forced DNA testing, and are now placing them in foster care. These are psychologically damaging events that can never be undone.
Other religions live in private, self-sustaining communities, discouraging contact with the outside world, shunning members who leave. But…they’re not polygamous. I can’t help wondering if past Texas history--Waco--and fear of polygamy were the driving forces behind the impressively zealous raid of the YFZ Ranch….
Children's lives have been forever altered--were the reasons truly valid? I would appreciate your input and perspective...please share your thoughts.