IF this is turns out to be the case - and I hope that the State of Texas is investigating this - then we have Zion parents who are abandoning their children in addition to everything else going on there. The news article I posted previously asked why the State of Utah did not go after the parents of compounds there for child abandonment. The response: we want to go after the leader, Jeffs. I question this decision, and hope that Texas investigators will do more than this. All of us parents are responsible for our children. It is, in fact, against the law to abandon them.
I also want to mention that I just noticed Rebecca Lesses' response on one of my earlier posts that the Zion Ranch is not Little House on the Prairie. I would like to bring it forward here, because what she has to said has been suspiciously absent from the discussion:
In all of the news coverage of this sect, one thing I have not noticed is any discussion of how thoroughly patriarchal and male-supremacist it is. The focus has been only on questions of child-protection - but in fact the two things go together. The older privileged males of the sect marry and have sex with young girls - who have no choice of who to marry or whether to marry at all. A woman in one of these marriages has no choice about whether her husband marries another woman as well, and she can't prevent her own daughters from being married off. And then, there are all the teenage boys who are driven off in order to allow the older men to have many wives. The FLDS is an American movement - I certainly have no problem, as an American, as judging this social system as oppressive to women and children.