“Many of the children [wept up in a raid earlier this month on the Yearning for Zion Ranch run by the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints] have seen little or no television. They have been essentially home-schooled all their lives [and may be ahead of public-school students their ages]. Most were raised on garden-grown vegetables and twice-daily prayers with family. They frolic in long dresses and buttoned-up shirts from another century. They are unfailingly polite….[T]hey have little knowledge of pop culture”
Oh, the humanity! Those poor, deprived children! How ever have they survived? Have they any hope of being normal American citizens?
Give me a break. Say what you will about their familial circumstances, but I see absolutely nothing wrong with limited TV, home-schooling, home-grown veggies, and frequent prayer. Would that more Americans lived that way, myself included.
“‘We recognize it’s critical that these children not be exposed to mainstream culture too quickly or other things that would hinder their success,’ [Child Protective Services] agency spokeswoman Shari Pulliam said. ‘We just want to protect them from abuse and neglect. We’re not trying to change them.'”
Why expose them at all? Is there proof of abuse? What ever happened to presumption of innocence? The fourth amendment? Habeus corpus? I’m not saying abuse never happened, but I would think that unless there’s irrefutable evidence, the families deserved due process and should not have been broken up prior to conviction or indictment.
What are your thoughts? Am I off my nut?